You can do your job !!!! This is from STATE GOVERNMENT !!!!! It's asking you to help get that devil beverage out of all the parks again. I know we like it ALCOHOL FREE but as to this approach...does the Constitution permit alcohol? Why this approach when most drink? --if it be minor.. This is a voting democracy? At least we still have the parks we worked so hard to make alcohol free and it's nice !!!! Very few campers...all non-drinkers...This was c/c/p from a state website. It took me almost 2 weeks to find it !!!! Sure...a 'real' public notice...

June 20, 2002




By:Joseph R.Holstead, Research Analyst

The statutes authorize the DEP commissioner to adopt regulations for the "...maintenance of order, safety and sanitation upon the lands in his control..." (CGS § 23-4). Using this authority, DEP banned alcohol in 13 state parks (see list below) between 1986 and October 1999.

In 1999, DEP found that alcoholic consumption was a significant source of disturbances at state parks. For example, from September 1998 to September 1999, 265 of the 1,011 (approximately 26%) arrests and infractions recorded by DEP law enforcement personnel at state parks were alcohol related. DEP expanded its ban in January 2000 to cover all 93 state parks, 28 state forests, and all 17 state campgrounds. (The ban did not apply to events covered by permits that allowed alcohol to be served or to rental agreements for the Eolia Mansion at Harkness Park and the pavilion at Rocky Neck State Park.)

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