The county Board of Supervisors declared a local state of emergency Tuesday because of increasing mayhem at the Imperial Sand Dunes.
The declaration comes after a violent Thanksgiving holiday weekend in which more than 190,000 dunes visitors were patrolled by less than 40 officers. The population of Imperial County is less than 150,000.
The county hopes Gov. Gray Davis agrees and will declare a state of emergency that will make way for much-needed local law enforcement assistance.
The U.S. Bureau of Land Management and the county Sheriff's Office have commitments to bring enough equipment and officers to patrol the dunes over the Christmas and New Year's holiday — if they can get the money to pay for it, Sheriff Harold Carter said.