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2022 Deltopia Weekend Recap

The Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office is releasing preliminary numbers related to the unsanctioned spring break party in Isla Vista known as Deltopia. The Deltopia weekend this year started on Friday, April 1, 2022, through Sunday, April 3, 2022. During this time period, the Sheriff’s Office had a total of 34 citations issued and 4 arrests. A breakdown of the charges are as follows:


Minor in Possession of Alcohol 14 Possess Controlled Substance 2
Drinking in Public 1 Criminal Threats 1
Open Container 13 Drunk in Public 1
Noise Ordinance 1 Possession of Barbiturates for Sale 1
False ID to an Officer 2 Obstruct/Resist Officer 1
Possession of Fake ID 3 Petty Theft 1
Festival Ordinance 1 Total Persons Arrested1 4
Public Nuisance 2    
Possess Nitrous Oxide 1 Reports 16
Failure to Yield 1 Parking Citations 84
Total Persons Cited[1] 34 Towed Vehicles 8


The crowds largest on Saturday, and significantly higher than the past two years during the Covid-19 pandemic. A majority of attendees were concentrated at residences along the ocean side of Del Playa. The Sheriff’s Office worked with County Fire and County Air Support to assess the safety of these party locations and were prepared to assist in vacating patios they deemed a hazard. During this same time, there was an increase in emergency medical calls, the majority of which were for acute alcohol intoxication, that resulted in the shift of medical response to a triage system in the Isla Vista area. Deputies assisted fire and medics responding to calls and clearing the roadways for their ingress and egress. Medical calls began to dwindle just before the Outdoor Festival Ordinance went into effect at 6 p.m.  A majority of the residents were compliant with the ordinance and turned their music off before 6 p.m.


The Sheriff’s Office wants to extend gratitude to our many community partners, and first responders from Santa Barbara County Fire, American Medical Response, Alcoholic Beverage Control, University of California Police, and the California Highway Patrol who have been a part of the continued effort to keep celebrations in Isla Vista safe and local.

[1] Total includes persons cited or arrested for multiple charges

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