Man Banned From Belmont Shore for 3 Years For Public Intoxication

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Man banned from Belmont Shore for public intoxicationThe first person sentenced under the Belmont Shore Ban was announced this week when Andrew P. Zea, 24, of Long Beach, pleaded “No Contest” to public intoxication Monday. Zea was sentenced to 60 days in jail, and ordered to serve 3 years on summary probation.

In addition, under a unique new program instituted by the City Prosecutor’s Office, Zea was ordered not to return to the Belmont Shore area of Long Beach for 3 years.

The Long Beach Police Department and City Prosecutor’s Office unveiled the “Belmont Shore Ban” concept at a recent public meeting as a way to curb alcohol-related crime along Second Street.

“Any person who returns to Belmont Shore after being ordered to stay away will be subject to immediate arrest,” said Long Beach City Prosecutor Doug Haubert. 

Belmont Shore is a corridor of trendy restaurants and bars especially popular with college students. Many of the restaurants and bars are adjacent to residences. The ban applies to all areas of East Second Street, from Bay Shore Avenue to Livingstone Drive, and extends to 50 yards north and south of the street. In recent years, Long Beach Police have stepped up enforcement on Second Street against individuals under the influence of alcohol, as well as establishments believed to be over-serving patrons.

Zea is the first person ordered to stay away from Belmont Shore under the new program. Since 2010, he has been arrested twice for drunken behavior in Belmont Shore. In one case, he was arrested and convicted for public intoxication after being ejected from a bar. In the other case, he was arrested and convicted for fighting in public and resisting arrest. Both prior incidents occurred on Second Street in Belmont Shore and were alcohol-related.

This most recent case arose from an incident on Friday, August 18, 2012, when Zea and two others were told to leave by a bar owner because they appeared drunk and were disturbing other customers. (It is unknown if they consumed alcohol at the bar or prior to entering.) Zea was recognized by a police officer, and arrested after it was determined he was intoxicated.

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