Iron County says enough of drinking at 2 parks

Iron County says enough of drinking at 2 parks

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CEDAR CITY, UTAH (AP) -- It's last call at two Iron County parks know for their drinking parties.

Officials will ban alcohol consumption starting Tuesday at the Three Peaks Recreation Area, 10 miles west of Cedar City on state Route 56, and the Woods Ranch picnic site, a dozen miles up Cedar Canyon on state Route 14.

County commissioners cited vandalism, reckless driving and other indiscretions for the ban.

Commissioner Lois Bulloch says Three Peaks, in particular, earned a reputation as a "kegger capital." Yet Bulloch cast a lone dissenting vote because, she says, Utah has enough alcohol-related laws and she doesn't like the idea of regulating peoples' activities more than necessary.

Groups can still get alcohol permits in advance for special events at the parks. And BLM land that surrounds the county parks are still largely unregulated.

One park-goer, Corwin Williams, complained the county was ruining things for responsible people because a few drinkers have gotten out of hand.


Information from: The Spectrum

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