Alcohol ban expected to keep Labor Day floaters down

Sep 4, 2015 6:52 PM by News Staff

The annual Labor Day float along the Sacramento River is a tradition that seems to be turning into a casual event for a few hundred people, rather than the major river bash of years before.

A major factor in the change, is the temporary alcohol ban in place for the river during the Labor Day Holiday weekend.

In 2012 Cal Poly student Brett Olson went missing for a week before a fisherman found his body 2 miles south of beer can beach. Autopsy and toxicology reports say he was heavily intoxicated and used cocaine before he died.

This will be the third year the ban has been in place, and last year authorities estimated about 500, mostly college students, floated from Irvine Finch Boat Launch down river to Scotty’s landing.

Even with the ban, Glenn and Butte County sheriff deputies, along with California Highway Patrol officer will be keeping a close eye on the river this weekend to help keep the peace.


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