Santa Barbara- S County

Deltopia draws thousands of people and 42 arrests

Deltopia 2017

ISLA VISTA, Calif. - The Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office released its preliminary numbers for the unsanctioned street party 'Deltopia' which took place in Isla Vista over the weekend.

Officials say 6,000 to 8,000 people showed up, which is around twice as many attendants as the original 3,500 projection.

68 citations were issued, 42 arrests were made and 14 people were transported to the hospital for medical services. Those numbers are in line with 2016 totals which saw 48 citations issued, 45 arrests and 10 medical transports.

The recent totals are dramatically lower than 2015 and 2014 which saw over 100 citations and 100 arrests for each year. Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office said 20,000 to 25,000 people attended the event in 2014.

On Saturday, law enforcement officials broke up about a dozen large parties due to various safety concerns and law violations including overcrowding, underage drinking and debris being thrown from balconies. Crowds began to thin after the enforced noise ordinance went into effect at 6:00 p.m.

Crowds continued to dwindle after thousands of students left Isla Vista to attend a UCSB sponsored concert at the Thunderdome at around 7:00 p.m.

The Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office thanked the community and all first responders and volunteers who helped keep order during Deltopia. 

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