The county Board of Supervisors discontinued a local state of emergency at its meeting Tuesday after receiving money from the state to pay for additional law enforcement at the Imperial Sand Dunes over busy holiday weekends.
The supervisors declared the emergency Dec. 18 to try to get help from the state after a chaotic Thanksgiving holiday weekend at the dunes where 190,000 visitors were patrolled by fewer than 40 law enforcement officers. One person died from a shooting in the dunes that weekend and others were injured in assaults
The county Sheriff's Office applied for a $242,400 grant from the state Off-Highway Motor Vehicle Commission and on Jan. 11 was awarded $500,000.
Also at the meeting, the board agreed to appoint a supervisor to sit on the Southern California Water Committee. The committee is a partnership of business, government, water agencies, agriculture and public interests working on water policy issues in Southern California.