Overnight closures in effect for Fort DeRussy Beach Park

Fort DeRussy Beach Park


Fort DeRussy Beach Park is now closed overnight to the public and will no longer be a haven for the homeless.

The city unveiled new signs Friday.

Homeless people had found a loophole with city law because the beach was owned by the state, but the state has transferred the beach to the city for the purpose of enforcement.

HPD says officers will at first educate anyone who camps out overnight.

“We’ll start with a warning and if we get no compliance, we issue a citation. If they persist or we can’t get them off the beach, we’ll follow up with an arrest,” said Clayton Kau, HPD assistant chief.

The maximum penalty for violating park closure rules is $500 and up to 30 days in jail.

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