Sarasota deputies prepare for spring break patrols

- As Sergeant Jason Mruczek with the Sarasota County Sheriff's Office patrols Siesta Beach, he is preparing for the spring break rush.

"Weekends, weekdays, it's very busy. People up and down the beach," he said.

During the first week of March, his beach hadn't hit maximum capacity, but when it does, he is ready.

"There is a lot of tourists, a lot of visitors out here. They are normally asking us for help and guidance," said Sgt. Mruczek.

As March kicks off, the Sarasota County Sheriff's Office already has an idea of what to expect. They have had experience dealing with the crowds for years.

"Every year, we have a plan, and that plan is - during our high peak times when we have our tourists and spring breakers out here - we have enhanced patrols, mainly for crime prevention. We like to prevent, disrupt and deter and let our guests know this is an area not conducive to criminal activity," said Lt. Debra Kaspar.

There is one main thing deputies will keep their eyes open for.

"We are looking for the underage drinking. That's one of the things that we really concentrate on because we want to make it safe and we don't want any impaired persons getting in the automobile and driving," said Lt. Kaspar.

Along with the tourists will come a lot more traffic. Deputies suggest a little bit of patience for having the most fun.

"Sometimes it is congested out here and it's slow-moving traffic. We want to make sure that our pedestrians are safe and, once they get into the beach parking lot, they have everything to enjoy their day out there, "Lt. Kaspar said.

Deputies ask visitors to keep their calm and come prepared to enjoy a safe and fun time.

"You are going to enjoy the great weather, the beach, the new facilities and they are going to have a great time with their friends and families," said Sgt. Mruczek.

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