“The reason we looked at this… is because of Encinitas Community Park,” city Parks & Recreation Director Lisa Rudloff said Friday.It's such a non-issue that staff had to lump in other drugs -- not alcohol -- to find even eight incidents over four months. And most of those were probably that same homeless guy who could be arrested for intoxication in public which is already a crime. How many problems were caused by moms having box wine at kids' birthdays or dads having a beer while using the new barbecue facilities?
The huge new park — a 44-acre expanse that includes sports fields, a skate park, playgrounds and a dog park — is by far the city’s largest parkland. And, it’s had some alcohol-related problems since it opened in January, Rudloff said.
Between Jan. 10 and April 15, county sheriff’s deputies were called out to the park eight times for alcohol and drug-related incidents, and one person was arrested on a misdemeanor charge of public intoxication, records indicate.
Leucadia Blog has it exactly right:
Soooooooo, in a city where the hot button issue has been drinking and partying along the now trending coast highway Encinitas district, the city is considering banning alcohol in our parks. That means all the cute yoga moms of Encinitas can no longer drink box white wine at their little kid's birthday parties.
No more mimosas in red cups!
The message from the city: drinking in parks is bad unless we are selling the drinks to you.
UPDATE: In a rare victory for common sense, ban delayed until Sheriffs show there's a problem. The cooler heads were Kristin Gaspar, Mark Muir, and Catherine Blakespear, while Tony Kranz and Lisa Shaffer voted to go along with staff's suggestion of total prohibition.