Croatan forest officials seek comments on proposed alcohol ban

Published: Monday, April 29, 2013 at 09:25 AM.

Alcoholic beverages could soon be banned from Fishers Landing in the Croatan National Forest.

The U.S. Forest Service announced Monday that it was looking at a proposed "closure order" to prohibit alcohol from the popular recreation site along the Neuse River in Craven County.

Stevin Westcott, public affairs officer for the U.S. Forest Service, said the proposal is the result of damages to facilities and visitor complaints about alcohol-related incidents at the recreation site, which is located in the Riverdale area off U.S. 70 between Havelock and New Bern.

"We want to try and make camping areas family friendly and not party zones," Westcott said.

The U.S. Forest Service will receive comments from the public for two weeks. After the comments are reviewed, Kristin Bail, N.C. forest supervisor, could consider an order for Fishers Landing, Westcott said.

Westcott said banning alcohol in national forests is nothing new. It has been done in some of the other three national forests — Nantahala, Pisgah and Uwharrie — in the state.

Nearby Flanners Beach in the Croatan National Forest is also alcohol free.

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