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Law enforcement officials in Brazoria County who braced for a holiday onslaught are breathing sighs of relief in the wake of a relatively peaceful Fourth of July weekend.

Crowds were well-behaved, drivers were cautious and things stayed quiet, officials from several departments said.

Department of Public Safety Sgt. Randy Jones said families dominated the beaches, where the weekend went off without a hitch.

“If the community wanted a family beach, they now have it,” Jones said. “It looks like the hoodlums are gone.”

Surfside Beach Police Chief Randy Smith agreed.

“Today is just a little bigger than a regular Sunday,” Smith said Monday afternoon.

Smith said he never had to close the beach to cars and his officers weren’t forced to direct traffic off the island.

“Everything basically ran smooth,” Smith said. “It was the easiest Fourth in the seven years that I’ve been here.”

Things were just as quiet on the eastern portion of the county’s beaches, where the Brazoria County Sheriff’s Department was on patrol.

“It’s quiet and I love it,” Chief Deputy Charles Wagner said. “It was mostly family groups, and everybody has been enjoying themselves. There was no sitting and waiting and there were no traffic pile-ups.”

Sheriff’s Capt. Dorman Davidson said the department made 10 arrests Saturday and 22 Sunday. Wagner said deputies made one arrest Monday. None of the arrests were on felony charges.

“We’ve had beautiful weather, beautiful crowds,” Davidson said. “There were just as many people after dark shooting fireworks as there was during the day.”

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