New Year’s Eve Celebration Safety Reminders & Road Closures

SARASOTA, Fla. -- December 22, 2017 -- 2 p.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 2018.  The annual Pineapple Drop will be held 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 celebrate 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 will 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. 

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.  Tow to Go will be offered  now until 6 a.m. on January 2, 2018.  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 in full force 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, 2017.  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 941-365-6823.  A map is attached.

·         6 a.m., Saturday December 30, 2017 – January 1, 2018 at 9 a.m.: 

o   Central Avenue closed from First Street to Main Street.

o   Pineapple Avenue closed from First Street to Main Street.

o   First Street closed from Central Avenue to Pineapple Avenue.

o   Lemon Avenue closed from Main Street to State Street.

o   Orange Avenue closed from Main Street to Central Avenue.

o   Lemon Avenue closed from Main Street to First Street.


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