- Associated Press - Friday, March 18, 2016

GULF SHORES, Ala. (AP) - Officials say an immediate ban on alcohol has been placed on public beaches in the Gulf Shores corporate limits.

WALA-TV reports (http://bit.ly/1pztxSz) that the decision was made Friday during a special session of the Gulf Shores City Council. The ban is effective immediately until April 17.

Gulf Shores spokesman Grant Brown says no alcohol should be consumed between the dunes and waterline.

Mayor Robert Craft said during the meeting that the reasoning behind the ban is to keep a safe environment in the Gulf Shores during spring break. Craft says there has been an increase in students at the beach in recent years.

The city says anyone in violation of the new ordinance is subject to a fine up to $500 or up to six months in jail.

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