New Year’s Eve Celebration Safety Reminders & Road Closures

SARASOTA, Fla. – December 28, 2015 – 8:30 a.m.

The men and women of the Sarasota Police Department are working to make sure our community can enjoy a safe start to the New Year. To make sure our community stays safe, officers are encouraging people to avoid driving while intoxicated and refrain from discharging weapons in the air as a way of celebrating the arrival of 2016.

The annual Pineapple Drop will be held again in downtown Sarasota at Lemon Avenue and Main Street. The Sarasota Police Department is asking those planning to celebrate to please leave backpacks, coolers and alcohol at home.

Some individuals have celebrated the arrival of the New Year by firing a weapon into the air. This is known as celebratory gunfire and is dangerous and illegal. "What goes up, must come down." A bullet fired into the air is going to come down and the unintended consequences can be tragic. It is against the law to fire a weapon in the City of Sarasota; Violators can expect to be arrested. Please see our Public Service Announcement asking visitors and residents to refrain from celebratory gunfire at http://youtu.be/9MaODNzokxo

If part of your holiday celebrations include consuming alcoholic beverages, plan ahead by not driving while impaired. There are safer and less expensive ways of travel: Use a designated driver, take a taxi or take advantage of the free ‘Tow to Go’ service offered through AAA. For Tow to Go in Sarasota, you can call 1-855-2-TOW-2-GO (1-855-286-9246) The Sarasota Police Department will be out on New Year’s Eve and there will be no tolerance for the dangerous act of drinking and driving.

Several roads will be closed for the annual Pineapple Drop on December 31, 2015. Vehicles not removed by the posted time will be towed at the owner’s expense. For information on towed vehicles, please call Upman’s Towing at 941-365-7084.

 5 a.m., December 30, 2015 – 9 a.m. January 1, 2016: Lemon Avenue closed from Main St. to Pineapple Ave

 5 a.m., December 30, 2015 – 9 a.m. January 1, 2016: State Street closed from the Church of the Redeemer Parking Lot to State St. Garage

 6 a.m., December 31, 2015 – 9 a.m. January 1, 2016: Lemon Avenue closed from Main Street to 1st Street

 6 a.m., December 31, 2015 – 9 a.m. January 1, 2016: Main Street closed from Orange Avenue to Central Avenue

 6 a.m., December 31, 2015 – 9 a.m. January 1, 2016: 1st Street Closed from Lemon Avenue to Whole Foods