PINEVIEW RESERVOIR, Utah (ABC4 Utah) The Weber County Commission is scheduled to make the final vote on a proposed booze ban along the shores of Pineview Reservoir.
It will come just days after police say a man nearly drowned after consuming alcohol Saturday evening.
Shelley Liljenquist sought out the only section of the beach off-limits to booze to spend Memorial Day with her 17 grandchildren.
“It’s so much more pleasant for a family environment. I just feel like we can have a good time and not have anyone doing anything uncomfortable. Really it’s a safety issue,” Liljenquist said.
The no-alcohol policy could soon spread to all beaches along the popular reservoir, if the Weber County Commission approves the ban.
“I would love to see no alcohol on beaches,” Jennifer Taylor said.
The proposal comes after years of problems caused by shoreline drinking. The Weber County Sheriff’s Office tells ABC4 Utah it’s gotten out of control with fights, drownings and DUIs.
But not everyone is on board.
“People are still going to drink whether it is banned or not,” said Dijana Hililovic said.
“Everyone has their own choice and the right to make that choice. I don’t think you should be able to take that away, as long as you do it responsibly and within the limits of the law,” said Ryan Porowski.
If approved, the alcohol ban will also include the shores of Causey Reservoir. It is scheduled for Tuesday, May 30 at 10:00 a.m.