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No alcohol on July Fourth

by Merrie Leininger

Anyone who wants to celebrate July Fourth with alcohol at Nevada Beach will be better off staying home.

The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office will have plenty of help from other law enforcement officers in enforcing a new county ordinance that bans alcohol on July 4 and possibly other holidays.

Alcohol will also not be allowed on Zephyr Cove Beach Saturday or Sunday, but proper identification can get you a drink at the Sunset Bar on that beach.

The sheriff’s office requested the ordinance after being stretched to the limit with alcohol-related incidents last year.

“It seems that every Independence Day, the Douglas County Sheriff’s Department responds to situations and tragedies which need not occur,” said Sgt. Lance Modispacher. “It is our desire and goal that everyone – visitors and residents alike -have a safe and fun-filled Fourth of July.”

Modispacher said there will be extra patrols at the Lake, including officers on foot, on bikes and in squad cars. Also, U.S. Forest Service and Boat Patrol, Carson City Sheriff’s Office and Nevada Highway Patrol officers will be assisting the DCSO in patrolling the beaches.

However, he said, the department relies heavily on the public’s good common sense.

“One of the goals of the DCSO is assisting the public in having a great time and celebration. Safety for all is our genuine concern,” he said. “We rely heavily on voluntary compliance and pray that common sense prevails.”