Clearwater PD ramps up patrols for July 4th weekend

Clearwater, Florida — Just over a month ago, shootings on Clearwater Beach brought Memorial Day festivities to a grinding halt.

Now once again tens of thousands will be gathered, this time for the Fourth of July weekend, and Clearwater police say they're up to the challenge. Police spokesperson Rob Shaw says the department will be ramping up enforcement and patrols this weekend.

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"Yeah they should, if that happened on Memorial Day, that would be a good safety measure to take," said Jessica Johnson who's on vacation from Kentucky.

Pam Wozencraft who manages the big pirate ship in Clearwater says she agrees.

"We need to put our foot down," Wozencraft said. "This is a family beach, and a couples beach. This is what it's all about."

The consensus: something needs to be done to protect people.

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"Basically we're taking a page out of our spring break playbook and using it for July 4th weekend," Shaw said.

That means more officers on the ground, "and it's in reaction to what happened there on Memorial Day."

Just one month ago, two people were injured after a beachside shooting on Memorial Day.

"Both of my children work on the beach and I'm a little concerned after Memorial Day weekend, the chaos that ensued," said Sherri Hodges who works just a few yards from the water. "It was a little crazy, I think 4th of July is going to be a lot safer than Memorial Day weekend."

Shaw added police will be enforcing the no-alcohol policy on the beach itself.


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