Friday, March 20, 2009

Alcohol ban dampens camping fun

Delmarva Now - Salisbury,MD,USA
For some people, a camping trip just isn't the same without a cold beer around the campfire or with dinner. Maryland, however, has put a damper on that pleasure. As of March 31, drinking without a group permit ($35) in day use areas or after Nov. 1 in campgrounds and shelters will be punishable by a $55 fine. After those dates, consuming alcohol anywhere in the state's 65 parks -- except in full-service cabins, recreational vehicles or at Rocky Gap Lodge --will be banned.

It's not an unprecedented move; several nearby states already have similar bans in place, including Pennsylvania, Virginia and to a lesser extent, Delaware and West Virginia. In all, at least 12 states prohibit consumption of alcohol on park property.

The ban is, according to the Maryland Department of Natural Resources, a response to complaints by campers about disturbances during sleeping hours because of fellow campground inhabitants' late-night partying.
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