Six-Pack at the Park?

Frederick County may ease park alcohol ban

FREDERICK, Md. -- The Frederick County Commissioners could vote Dec. 2 on a proposal to ease the two-year-old ban on alcoholic beverages at county parks.

During a public hearing Tuesday night, a majority of the commissioners expressed support for the idea.

The current proposal would allow people who rent buildings or pavilions at the parks to pay $25 for an alcohol permit. Commissioner Charles Jenkins says he favors reviving the former policy that allowed drinking throughout a specific park with a less expensive permit.

Rental revenue at the parks has fallen 20 percent since the ban took effect, County officials said.

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