How about total ban on alcohol? |

How about total ban on alcohol?

Before the Nevada City City Council enacts an ordinance restricting the consumption of alcohol at Pioneer Park, I think it would be very advantageous for the council members to study how other communities have handled this widespread problem.

In Santa Barbara, the council, after much input and debate, enacted a total ban on consumption of alcohol in all city parks. The problem with restriction to certain parks and areas would have created an unenforceable burden on the police department. How do you tell someone who’s drunk and abusive that they’re in the wrong area of the park? All of the parks, especially the beachfront parks, were having the same problem with alcohol abusers. People stopped taking their families there because they were being subjected to verbal abuse, obscenities and broken glass everywhere. There was, of course, the usual protests of a few people who objected to “not being able to have a beer or a glass of wine with their picnic.” This proved to be a very minor inconvenience when the results of the new ordinance were clean, safe parks.

We do not owe alcohol abusers a place to congregate to degrade our parks and threaten our families.

Ray Janssen

Nevada City

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