With thousands of party goers expected in huntington beach tomorrow, for a big rave police say there will be beefed up patrols in the afternoon and evening, and extra traffic and dui enforcement teams to make sure its peaceful. One thing police have going for them, it will be a sober event.
The Wet Electric beach party tomorrow here in Huntington Beach, is going to be a dry one. The Department of Alcohol Beverage and Control denied their permit to sell booze. Some area residents say it's a good thing for the community.
HB resident Lynh Ngo says "As a mother I think it's good they didn't approve the liquor license for the party."
The organizers did pass one major hurdle this week after a judge denied the city's request to cancel the event altogether. The city argued the music festival was in violation of city code but it's being held on a state beach with state approval.
Then the Huntington Beach police chief appealed to the ABC to deny a liquor license for the event, saying there is no way to control excessive drinking and no safeguards to prevent drunk driving.
The rioting in late July after the us open of surfing is still fresh in the minds of people here. Main Street businesses were vandalized and at least three people were arrested.
Henry Ngo, resident, says "It got a little bit out of hand with the liquor flowing. we don't mind everyone having a good time but just you know, be responsible, and not make it a bad thing for the city."
A spokesperson for the ABC says there wasn't enough time to coordinate with law enforcement for an event this size and event organizers didn't apply for the permit 30 days in advance.
Resident Taylor Stringer, resident says "It kind of takes out the fun but overall it's probably a good idea."
Fox 11 repeatedly reached out to the event organizer, Steve Thacher from Premiere Media Group but have not yet heard back.
(FOX 11 / CNS) An Orange County judge today rejected a bid by Huntington Beach officials to stop an oceanfront rave from being held this weekend.
Judge Jamoa Moberly says the city failed to prove it might suffer irreparable harm from the Wet Electric music festival, which is scheduled for Saturday at Huntington State Beach.
The judge also said the city could have acted sooner in its effort to halt the event, noting that Huntington Beach officials must have known about the rave as early as August.
The Huntington Beach City Council voted recently to file a lawsuit in hopes of stopping the event, contending such a rave would be at odds with city zoning codes.
Event organizers noted that the rave was being held on a state beach, and had been approved by state officials.
The city's concerns over the rave came about a month after an outbreak of violence that followed the Vans U.S. Open of Surfing in late July.
During that riot, thousands of people took to the streets and broke store windows, looted businesses and overturned portable toilets. At least three people were arrested, with police posting photos and videos online in hopes of tracking down suspects.