Cops ready for weekend Clam Jam
FAIRFIELD — Police are gearing up for Saturday’s Clam Jam, the annual end-of-the-year party for Fairfield University seniors.
However, since the university took over the party three years ago and moved it from private property on Lantern Point, police said many problems associated with past Clam Jams have been eliminated.
The party now takes place at Penfield Beach, and tickets are required for admittance. The university limits the party to 1,700, and all students must receive a wristband that indicates whether or not they are over 21. Private security will be doing screening and bag checks to prevent alcohol from being brought into Clam Jam.
The event runs from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and there will be four buses bringing students back and forth to the Fairfield University campus.
According to Lt. Robert Kalamaras, the college has hired 12 officers and two supervisors to work at the event, with half inside the party and the other half outside. A mobile command unit will be set up in the parking lot across the street from the beach.
Kalamaras said there will also be two DUI checkpoints, and all streets south of Quincy Street leading to the beach area will be temporary no parking/tow zones. Any cars parked on those streets at 10 a.m. on Saturday will be ticketed and towed. He said a CodeRed alert was scheduled to go out to beach residents Wednesday to remind them of the temporary parking ban.
Clam Jam parking
Streets leading to the beach south of Quincy street will be posted as temporary no parking/tow zones from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Vehicles parked in these areas on Saturday will be ticketed starting at 10 a.m. and will be towed at the owner’s expense.
Residents should park vehicles in their driveways and plan their day accordingly based on these temporary tow zones that will be in effect.
Electronic message boards were put up in the beach area on Thursday.