By the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office
The Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office is releasing preliminary numbers related to the unsanctioned spring break event in Isla Vista known as Deltopia.
The Deltopia weekend this year started on Friday, April 7, 2023, and ended on Sunday, April 9, 2023. During this time, the Sheriff’s Office and partner agencies issued 151 citations and made 23 arrests. In 2022, there was a total of 34 citations issued and four arrests.
The crowds were largest on Saturday and significantly higher than last year’s event, and many attendees had traveled to Isla Vista from out of the area. The attendees were concentrated at residences along the ocean side of Del Playa.
During this same time, there was an increase in emergency medical calls, most of which were for acute alcohol intoxication. Deputies assisted fire and medics, responding to calls and clearing the roadway for their ingress and egress. Medical calls became so arduous that the Sheriff’s volunteer Search and Rescue team had to be activated to assist fire and medics.
Most residents complied with the Outdoor Festival Ordinance, which went into effect at 6 p.m.
The Sheriff’s Office wants to thank our community partners and first responders from Santa Barbara County Fire, American Medical Response, Alcoholic Beverage Control, University of California Police, the California Highway Patrol, Sheriff’s Search and Rescue, and Santa Barbara County Emergency Medical Services.