TAMPA POLICE AND PARTNERS ANNOUNCE PLANS FOR GASPARILLA PARADES

11/04/16

VIDEO: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-Wv0u9CeDxY

Over the past six years, TPD officers have provided educational presentations on the Zero-Tolerance program to nearly 60,000 students and military personnel.  This year, we'll be presenting to 24 schools and groups.  The Zero Tolerance program is designed and funded by our numerous community partners including Pepin Distributing, Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, and the Tampa Alcohol Coalition.

 

The Tampa Police Department relies on generous community partners to make the Zero Tolerance education campaign a success each year: Hillsborough County Public Schools, EventFest, Tampa Preparatory Academy, Tampa Alcohol Coalition, University of Tampa, Hillsborough Community College, Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, and Pepin Distributing. Representatives from these groups and others will be present at the news conference to answer questions.

 

EDUCATIONAL CAMPAIGN

  • Officers will present the Zero Tolerance messaging to Hillsborough County High School students.  The message is simple—ABSOLUTELY NO UNDERAGE DRINKING.
  • All households with a high school aged child will receive a recorded phone message from Mayor Buckhorn and Superintendent Jeff Eakins advising parents of our zero tolerance policy.
  • Digital billboards with zero tolerance policy posted throughout the Bay Area
  • Posters at area businesses

 

PARKING AND STREET CLOSURES

Street Closures - This is for the safety of the residents who live near the parade route and for parade goers.  This also ensures emergency vehicles access to the parade route.  There will be strict parking restrictions in place around the parade route – this will be clearly marked. 

 

For the Children’s Parade on January 23, 2016

  • There will be no parking signs placed throughout the parade route and neighborhoods on January 22nd. 
  • Enforcement will begin after 5 p.m. on January 22nd. 

 

For the Day Parade on January, 30, 2016

  • Tickets/Towing Friday, January 29th

 8 a.m. – noon: pink slip warnings

 Noon – 10 p.m.: tickets

 After 10 p.m.: towing

  • Areas normally available for parking, may be designated as no parking areas for the parade (ESPECIALLY in residential areas)
  • All road closures will be well marked
  • There are plenty of parking options from downtown and Channelside garages or parking lots. Parade goers can also park in an Ybor City garage and take the street car trolley. 

 

Gasparilla tips

  • Plan your day in advance.  If you know where you’re going to park and your route, it can save you time.
  • Once you arrive, pick a meeting place so if you become separated from your family or friends, you have a place to meet.  Text your parking location to your smartphone as a reminder of where you parked.
  • The Crosstown Expressway is a great route to take.  There are convenient exits to the parade routes (beginning, middle and end)
  • The parade route is a wet zone (DAY PARADE ONLY).  Alcohol can only be consumed in authorized areas along the parade route and this will be strictly enforced.  No drinking in the neighborhoods and on the way to the parade.

 

OPEN CONTAINER—CITY ORDINANCE 

Our goal is to make Gasparilla safe and fun with no arrestsAdults with open containers of alcohol in unauthorized areas will receive a citation: 

  • $75 for first offense
  • $150 for second offense
  • $300 third offense
  • $450 for fourth offense
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