Ban On Liquor Along American River Approved


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(Sacramento, CA)
Tuesday, August 8, 2006

Sacramento County Supervisors just approved a ban on alcohol use along the river during holiday weekends. 

Rancho Cordova resident John Barris volunteered for the park service this past July 4th and saw a lot of outrageous behavior. 

"If the only way you can enjoy the American River is to be drunk out of your mind and peeing on the crowd from the clay banks, I don’t think I want you on our parkway."

The past two July 4th holidays saw drunken brawls, injuries and arrests.

Sacramento County Undersheriff George Anderson says the crowds have changed over the years – lots of college kids from out of town.   

"So we’re becoming sort of a spring break location and that’s contributing to the change in behavior."

The new ordinance prohibits alcohol on the shore of the parkway from Hazel Avenue to Watt Avenue during the Memorial Day, 4th of July and Labor Day weekends.