Malibu is Prepared for Holiday Crowding on PCH, Canyons, Beaches and Trails Over july 4th Weekend and Asks Visitors to Be Mindful of the Community’s Peace, Safety and Environment
With the July 4th weekend and hot temperatures coming up, we can expect large numbers of visitors to Malibu’s beaches and trails, and the City of Malibu is undertaking seasonal measures and coordinating with partner agencies to keep PCH, canyon roads, beaches and trails safe this summer.
DO NOT USE FIREWORKS!
All fireworks are illegal in County of Los Angeles except for professional, permitted displays. Illegal fireworks are extremely dangerous and can cause serious injuries, burns and wildfires. The possession or use illegal fireworks in LA County can result in fines up to $1,000 and up to a year in prison. The Los Angeles County Fire Department provides a list of public fireworks displays in the County.
DON'T TEXT OR DRINK AND DRIVE!
Keep yourself and others safe, don't text or drink and drive so we can keep PCH and canyon roads safe for pedestrians, cyclists, motorists and residents. Celebrate responsibly: designate drivers, or use taxis or rideshares. Residents can request assistance from CHP with street racing by calling 323-259-3200. Report drunk drivers by calling 9-1-1.
Keep Our Beaches and Trails Clean - Pack It In, Pack It Out!
Please do not litter on Malibu's beaches, trails and PCH. Find an appropriate trash container for your trash, and if you can't find one, take your trash with you.
Be Prepared for Heavy Beach Traffic - Sign Up for Traffic and Emergency Alerts
Plan ahead, and check traffic conditions at https://www.sigalert.com before you hit the road so you can avoid traffic congestion. Residents may sign up for the City’s emergency and traffic alerts on the website (scroll down to “Alert Center”).
The City coordinates every year with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, Los Angeles County Department of Beaches and Harbors, California State Parks, Mountains and Recreation & Conservation Authority (MRCA), and the California Highway Patrol (CHP) to prepare for summer crowds.
The City regularly funds a Sheriff’s Department Beach Team from Memorial Day to Labor Day to assist with enforcement on the beaches. However, this year, the City requested the Beach Team to start working on weekends beginning May 1 in anticipation of early crowding at the beach due to loosening of COVID restrictions. The beach patrols are an important way to address alcohol consumption on the beaches, which is illegal, and thereby reduce drunk driving on PCH and canyon roads on busy beach days.
The MRCA has doubled patrols in its parks from Memorial Day to Labor Day. State Parks will have seven-day coverage and will also be monitoring and addressing litter. Beaches and Harbors increased staffing starting in mid-May to assist with parking, maintenance, and trash. CHP will continue to implement its Street Racing Task Force and will have two CHP units assisting with traffic control on PCH.
For July 4th weekend, the City requested additional patrols by the Sheriff’s Department and the Sheriff’s Volunteers on Patrol (VOPs).
Although the City does not control access to the state and county beaches in Malibu, the City wants to reassure the Malibu community that it is working with its partner agencies on messaging to visitors to Malibu about the importance of keeping PCH, canyon roads and beaches safe and clean for all.