The county Board of Supervisors is scheduled Tuesday to determine if there is a need to continue the state of emergency declared by the board Dec. 18 because of increasing chaos at the Imperial Sand Dunes.
The resolution declaring a local state of emergency and request for state money followed a violent Thanksgiving holiday weekend where more than 190,000 visitors to the dunes were patrolled by less than 40 officers.
To curb the violence, the U.S. Bureau of Land Management, which oversees the sand dunes, brought a national and state interagency incident team to the dunes for the New Year's holiday weekend.
Costs to the BLM for the weekend are estimated at more than $400,000, BLM spokesman Bruce Schaeffer said.
The county covered additional costs of booking, housing people in jail, transportation to jail from the dunes, costs to the District Attorney's and Public Defender's offices, court costs and processing paperwork, county sheriff's spokesman Jim Burns said.