South Haven police break up hundreds partying on beach

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SOUTH HAVEN, Mich. — Police weren’t expecting to break up hundreds of college students throwing an alcohol-fueled party on a Wednesday afternoon.

South Haven Police Chief Natalie Thompson tells FOX 17 approximately 300-400 students came to the South Beach to party on their day off. There were three buses that transported the majority of them. Thompson did not say which college the students came from.

The dispatch center started to get inundated with calls around noon, reporting that the students partying at the beach were drinking and playing loud music.

There were a handful of small fights that broke out, and a couple arrests were made for alcohol-related infractions.

Thompson says police filled several dumpsters with the amount of alcohol they threw away.

The beach was never closed and was cleared around 2 p.m.

Last year, the North Beach was evacuated 4th of July weekend before the fireworks show after brawls broke out and bottles were were being thrown at officers and beachgoers.

Chief Thompson says she’s grateful that  residents have been more vigilant in reporting alcohol on the beach since last year.

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  • GB

    North Beach
    Lakeshore Dr
    South Haven, MI 49090
    Phone: (269) 637-0772

    Open all year | 8am-10pm. Swimming, Pier Walking, Concessions, Playgrounds and fishing. No entrance fees. No Pets. Paid Parking.

  • GB

    South Beach
    Water St.
    South Haven, MI 49090
    Phone: (269) 637-0772

    Open all year | 8am-10pm. Swimming, Pier Walking, Concessions, Playgrounds, Historical Memorials, Skateboard Park, Lighthouse and fishing. No entrance fees. Also, glass containers are NOT permitted, no pets and no alcoholic beverages. Paid Parking.

  • Ronda Lockwood

    Our little beach town is getting way to many people that come and cause problems. I don’t use our beaches and parks hardly at all in the summer and only go into town to grocery shop. Way to many rude disrespectful tourist . Wish our little Beach town could go back to the way it was when I grew up. To where Shermans still had their cows and factories are still alive ect. But tourist town is what y’all wanted so it’s what you got. Residents year round need a way to make a living in the off season.