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Alcohol could return to McCall parks for Fourth of July: council looks for input

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The City of McCall is discussing lifting its six-year Fourth of July ban on alcoholic beverages on the lakefront parks.

McCall Police Chief Justin Williams and Parks and Recreation Director Kurt Wolf spoke to the council about why they believe it’s time for the ban to be lifted. 

“The purpose of this was never intended to be continued and never stopped,” Williams said. “This was something that was a tool that was utilized at this point in time for this particular event due to the nature of the types of calls for service and the damage and the trash and things that were going on.”

The Fourth of July alcohol ban was put into place in 2016 in response to large parties and gatherings happening on the lake.

Though multiple council members cited a “change in culture” in the years since, only council member Colby Nielsen directly said he would be in favor of lifting the ban.

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“I’ve been opposed to the alcohol ban since its inception,” Nielsen said.

Council members Lyle Nelson and Julie Thrower and Mayor Bob Giles were not in favor of lifting the ban; however, it was agreed that public opinion was needed.

Thrower also supported keeping the ban as she believes it’s not hurting any businesses or the community

Councilmember Mike Maciaszek was absent from the meeting. 

The city opened a survey about the ban that is available to submit until May 15. Click here to take it.

The council also agreed that contacting St. Lukes’s officials, who played a role in the ban, should be done prior to any decisions being made. 

The ban includes Art Roberts Park, Legacy Park, Brown Park, Rotary Park, and Davis Beach Park.

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