Croatan forest officials seek comments on proposed alcohol ban

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

Debra Walker said one of the first things she heard about when she became the acting district ranger for the Croatan National Forest two months ago was the growing problem at Fishers Landing.

"It’s become a little party spot," Walker said. "Typically on the weekends, a group of young adults will be down there partying and drinking, and then a mom and dad will show up with their kids and want to use the site. They get intimidated by the rougher group and end up leaving."

The forest service receives a "fairly good" number of calls from upset visitors of Fishers Landing, Walker said.

"It’s that mix of people causing the issue," she said. "We are not trying to provide party spots. We are trying to provide for a family-oriented recreation facility."

Although Fishers Landing is mostly a day recreation site within the Croatan, people occasionally camp overnight. They would still be able to do that, Walker said.

"The area is becoming an increasing problem with the interaction of drinking and non-drinking people," she said. "In other areas of the forest, there is not an alcohol issue. … Hopefully, folks understand a few bad apples can change it for everybody."

If the order is approved for Fishers Landing, it will remain in effect unless rescinded. The public may comment on the possible order by email at comments-southern-north-carolina-croatan@fs.fed.us, by mail to Croatan National Forest, 141 E. Fisher Road, New Bern, N.C. 28560, or by fax to 637-9113. Comments should be submitted within the next two weeks for consideration.



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