As of press time, the Manhattan Beach Police Department is reporting eight arrests related to the beach volleyball tournament is that taking place on the beach, south of the pier.
Officer Claudia McShane told Manhattan Beach Patch that most of the eight arrests were alcohol related.
MB Patch reporters, photographers and videographer were at the event as early as 7:30 a.m., and reports will be filed this weekend.
At about 11 a.m., MB Patch saw a police officer speaking to three women in the Vons parking lot. A 1.5 liter bottle of Seagrams was on the pavement about 10-15 feet away.
One of the women poured the bottle's contents out in front of the officer, who hailed a taxi cab for the women.
While at Coffee Bean, around 1 p.m., a woman popped her head out of the restroom to say she was sorry for the delay but that she was helping a sick friend who was drunk and vomiting.
After the two women finally left the restroom, it was marked as out of order.
Manhattan Beach Boulevard was jampacked with people heading down the sidewalk to the beach. Many were waiting in line to enter Hennessey's Tavern, Sharks Cove and Simmzy's.
Starbucks downtown was closed. A sign said they had plumbing problems.
Manhattan Avenue was busy, particularly in the first three blocks south of MB Boulevard.The sidewalks were so crowded, some of us took to the street to make our way south. A vehicle whose driver hadn't obeyed the posted signs was towed.
Fonz' restaurant had a sign saying they were having a private event.
Side Out had a party, going on, too.
A line snaked out of Mucho.
Parties were being held on patios and inside homes on The Strand and walkstreets, as well as Manhattan Avenue. Kegs and ice were being delivered and some men were pouring beer into coolers on Ocean Drive. Going south on Ocean, parking valets were waiting.
Porta potties could be found on Ocean every so many blocks and were being used.
Volleyball players, dressed in a wide variety of fun and festive costumes, hit the beach for competition and afterward retreated inland for fun.
They high-fived each other and hugged friends.
Stay tuned. Manhattan Beach Patch will have more reports.