It’s taken a couple of years, but it seems the message has gotten across in Orange Beach. If you want to party, don’t come here.
We are quickly approaching the midway point of the spring break season in Orange Beach with only a few rough patches.
“I think it’s definitely been a good time,” says Rachel Rosio on break from Wisconsin. “We haven’t been drinking and we’re still having a blast. Like I don’t think I’ve ever had so much fun.”
For the third year, Orange Beach has enforced a zero tolerance for spring break shenanigans. “The patrol is really good,” says Brandy Perry from Tuscaloosa. “I haven’t seen anything out of the ordinary.”
Looking at arrest numbers it seems the message has been received. So far this year, 115 arrests, mostly alcohol-related. Compare that to 364 last year and 578 in 2016.
More spring breakers are headed this way and for a lot of them, it seems well worth it. “I wouldn’t have wanted to go somewhere where it was like packed beaches, out of the country, ” says Reagan Watts from Wisconsin. “I feel safe with the zero tolerance stuff, for sure.”
We don’t have numbers for Gulf Shores but they have described their spring break as pretty “tame” and of course, the numbers in Orange Beach can change. There is a big week of spring break next week but, so far so good.