The Imperial County Board of Supervisors has declared a state of emergency exists in the county because of the growing problems in the Imperial Sand Dunes Recreation Area. We applaud the board for taking that action, even if it doesn't amount to anything more than a ceremonial gesture.
What it could do, however, is get Gov. Gray Davis to take notice of the problem and move the governor to declare a state of emergency exists in the county. That could prove a benefit by sending more resources to increase law enforcement numbers in the dunes over holiday weekends.
There is a serious problem in the dunes. Sure, the vast majority of the people who spend time in the dunes do so in a lawful way. Unfortunately, there is a growing number of blockheads going out there to do nothing more than create havoc, and bringing weapons and drugs to do so.