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Upcoming Gasparilla pirate invasion prompts Tampa police announcements

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The upcoming pirate invasion at the annual Gasparilla Pirate Festival in downtown Tampa, Fla., has sparked the Tampa Police Department to publicize announcements of the event's prohibited behavior and allocations for legally consuming alcoholic beverages.

Florida's "Open Container" law is at the root of such regulations, allowing the of-age attendees to drink alcohol in "wet zones". All other non-wet zones will be strictly enforced by Tampa police officers.

To be held on January 25, 2014, the Gasparilla Pirate Festival welcomes hundreds of boating enthusiasts and thousands of pedestrians to the boat slips and streets along Tampa Bay. With the throngs of people expected to attend, and food/drink vendors along the parade route, certain "wet zones" have been designated for those to legally consume alcoholic beverages. Signage specifying the "wet zones" will be posted throughout the parade route.

Freedom to walk while drinking alcohol is prohibited, except in designated areas. Tampa police officers are instructed, as has been the case in recent years, to cite and/or arrest individuals for violating its drinking laws. Of course, per Florida state law, anyone under 21 years-of-age caught consuming alcohol will be a subject of focus for Tampa cops.

Tampa police public service announcements were designed and publicized. With the slogan "See something, say something" being dispersed via media and its Facebook page, Tampa police authorities are extending fair warnings so that festival attendees have a joyous and safe Gasparilla event.

As in years prior, arrests were made for illegal consumption of alcohol and/or drinking alcohol in zones not specified as "wet zones".

Given that this annual event attracts and is a wonderful time for children and families, the Tampa police department members closely monitor the events entire scope of, scanning for certain behaviors such as illegal drinking, use of drug substances, fighting, disorderly conduct, etc.

On site will be Tampa police vans which are relegated to transport in the aggregate any arrested parties at the Gasparilla event directly to the Hillsborough County jail.

Last year at Gasparilla Pirate Festival 2013, the Tampa Police Department instituted a "zero-tolerance" policy a sit pertained to alcohol-related violations. That same policy is in effect for this year's festival.


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