The Manhattan Beach City Council last week tentatively approved changes in the city code that will make certain offenses at public parks and beaches infractions rather than misdemeanors.
Drinking alcoholic beverages on the beach, littering, playing loud radios and ignoring lifeguard instructions will be dealt with by citations rather than misdemeanor charges if the council gives final approval to the proposed ordinance at its July 7 meeting.
Citations for infractions are generally on a set fee schedule, depending on the number of prior offenses, much like traffic tickets, said police Sgt. Ken Clark.
Police Chief Ted Mertens told the City Council that treating such offenses as misdemeanors needlessly ties up the courts because violators can request a jury trial.