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Estimated 10,000 Students Take Part In Deltopia Parties In Isla Vista; No Major Problems Reported

(Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office photo)
Students take part in Deltopia parties Saturday

It was a busy weekend for some law enforcement officers on the South Coast, with an estimated 10,000 people showing up in Isla Vista for an unsanctioned, unsponsored spring break party.

Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s officials say it was the largest crowd in recent years, with 56 people cited, 25 arrested, and 25 treated for medical issues.

While the crowd for what’s dubbed Deltopia significantly larger on Saturday than it was in 2017, it was still well below 2014, when more than 20,000 attended. Officials say the crowd broke up before sunset, and they credit an on-campus concert organized by students with giving partygoers an alternative.

Lance Orozco has been News Director of KCLU since 2001, providing award-winning coverage of some of the biggest news events in the region, including the Thomas and Woolsey brush fires, the deadly Montecito debris flow, the Borderline Bar and Grill attack, and Ronald Reagan's funeral. 
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