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Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office warns against noise complaints and underage drinking during spring break

Okaloosa County, Florida – Spring break is a time for fun and relaxation, but in Okaloosa County, authorities are reminding visitors and residents alike to celebrate responsibly. The Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office (OCSO) has announced a stringent approach to maintaining peace during this festive season, with a particular focus on curbing underage drinking and addressing noise complaints.

The OCSO has made it clear that there will be a “zero tolerance policy for underage possession of alcohol.” This stance was emphasized in a recent Facebook post by the Sheriff’s Office, revealing that 27 notices to appear were issued for underage possession of alcohol over just one weekend. The crackdown on underage drinking is part of the Sheriff’s Office’s broader effort to ensure a safe and enjoyable environment for everyone in the county.

Noise Complaints and Ordinances

In addition to underage drinking, the OCSO is also targeting noise disturbances. A house party was shut down due to noise complaints, highlighting the enforcement of local noise ordinances. Okaloosa County has outlined what constitutes “unreasonably loud, disturbing and unnecessary noises” in its “Being a Good Neighbor While on Vacation” guidelines. These include prolonged noise from motor vehicle signal devices, animals causing continuous disturbance, and any noise heard outside the property line during late night to early morning hours that exceeds certain time limits.

The noise ordinance is particularly strict between the hours of 10:00 p.m. and 7:00 a.m., prohibiting the playing of radios, music players, televisions, audio systems, musical instruments, or “live band” music at volumes that could disturb the peace, quiet, comfort, or repose of others. The ordinance aims to balance the desire for fun with the need for tranquility, especially during times when many are trying to rest.

The Sheriff’s Office encourages visitors to enjoy their spring break while respecting the local regulations. “We want our visitors to have fun – just follow the rules while you’re here!” the Facebook post concluded. This message serves as a reminder that responsible behavior is key to ensuring that everyone can enjoy the spring break season safely and peacefully.

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