The county Board of Supervisors voted unanimously Tuesday to continue a local emergency, originally declared Dec. 18, because of increasing chaos at the Imperial Sand Dunes that included the shooting death of an Arizona man.
The resolution declaring a local emergency and a request for state money followed a violent Thanksgiving holiday weekend where over 190,000 visitors to the dunes were patrolled by less than 40 officers.
The U.S. Bureau of Land Management brought a national and state interagency incident team to the dunes for the New Year's holiday weekend to quell the violence. The New Year's weekend was relatively quiet but costs for the incident team could top $500,000.
The BLM is paying $425,000 to multiple agencies for salaries, equipment and miscellaneous expenses, associate California Desert District manager Bruce Shaffer said.