Alcohol, smoking now allowed at Stone Lake Beach, except in newly designated “family section”

Information and photo from park department

At its April 19, 2017, meeting, the LaPorte Park and Recreation Board reversed an ordinance it had passed in March that banned alcohol use and smoking at Stone Lake Beach.

The new rule allows alcohol and legal tobacco products at the beach, except in a newly designated “family section” that includes the beach house, within 50 feet of all playground equipment, and up to half of the beach area.

“There will be no restrictions on alcoholic beverages, smoking, vaping or use of any tobacco product on the other areas of the beach,” according to the park department.

22 Responses to “Alcohol, smoking now allowed at Stone Lake Beach, except in newly designated “family section””

  1. JoeD

    Apr 21. 2017

    So turn half the beach into a giant ashtray?

    Great job…

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  2. SuzQuz

    Apr 21. 2017

    Now there’s a giant step forward. One leaves the driver impaired, the other eventually kills. But, of course, those in the so-called family section won’t be able to see any of those partaking. Wonder what the Park and Recreation Board was smoking when they reversed the ordinance.

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  3. Julie

    Apr 21. 2017

    I agree with the previous comments. This just doesn’t make any sense at all. What are they hoping to achieve by this? More beer cans and cigarette butts all over?

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  4. Of Course

    Apr 21. 2017

    Quite naturally, when everyone else is banning alcohol and smoking, La Porte decides to reverse course and invite it. Who wants to come to a place where alcohol is consumed, often to excess, while your children are present?

    Look at any previous episodes that occurred at the beach area; any involve alcohol consumption? It was just last summer that there was a guy with liquor and a gun on Waverly beach that had the police blocking off the roads and a man hunt. I believe alcohol was the root of that problem.

    Sadly shaking my head and wondering why the community leaders, led by a mayor that is a proponent of health, would allow this?

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  5. Barb

    Apr 21. 2017

    Seems to me like we are regressing instead of progressing. The beach is supposed to be a family outing, correct??? Where does smoking and alcohol fit into a “family outing”? I think someone dropped the ball on this one. Now the druggies and alkies have another site to destroy. Sad sad sad.

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  6. John

    Apr 21. 2017

    Geez, how dumb can you get?

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  7. Judge Roy Bean

    Apr 21. 2017

    This decision makes no sense. Very bad idea promoting smoking and drinking around a kids, not to mention the litter. What’s next, a heroin-free zone?

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  8. Kim

    Apr 21. 2017

    Not everyone who smokes and/or drinks are irresponsible. This is a public park. It should be alright for a couple of friends to be able to walk to beach, meet with another to lay out and enjoy the beach. We might have two or three drinks through the day and walk back home. Should this not be allowed? Should we be banished from the beach? What happened to our rights? Everyone needs remember the old saying live and let live. It is not your place to judge. Do not stereotype everyone who may smoke or drink.

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  9. Alice

    Apr 21. 2017

    Are there going to be signs or roped off areas where all this smoking and alcohol are going to be used? Is someone going to police these areas. I see trouble ahead and I do not see how this is going to work! Please La Porte “leaders” go back and rethink this terrible decision!

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  10. Old school

    Apr 22. 2017

    People will find a reason to complain about anything. In my day you could still smoke inside Louis and there were those cigarette machines at every bowling alley. Needless to say, there were no “no smoking / drinking areas” in public parks. Babying your children is what’s led us to a nation of kids who expect free college, the government should pay for healthcare, and the silencing of those you don’t agree with. Some cigarette smoke in the open air won’t kill you. Sorry to burst your bubble.

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  11. Old school

    Apr 22. 2017

    Oh and before you start complaining about children have no choice, or this article said nothing about children, blah blah blah, I mention children in the literal sense. Remember, now you can still be on your parents insurance at 25. I consider the vast majority of milllennials to be children because that’s how they act. Stop complaining and enjoy your “absolute” freedom while it lasts. I love the beach but I rarely go. If you don’t like the rules, don’t go. No one is saying you’re required to drink and smoke or stare at the “spectacle”.

    Soon you will figure out the more freedoms the better.

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  12. Gorgeous Jim

    Apr 22. 2017

    Now that half of the beach is now smoke free and alcohol free, all of the non smoking / non drinking do-gooders complaining in the comments above, now have half of the beach to drink their pop and eat their junk food without the nuisance of smokers and drinkers and they are still complaining. I just don’t get it, they must be charter members of the La Porte chapter of the piss and moan about everything club.

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  13. Ralph Vogel

    Apr 22. 2017

    I agree with most of the posted sentiments; this is a “fundamentally flawed” decision. It appears to be an attempt at a compromise. But it’s not logical, nor workable. My vote is to make Stone Lake Beach completely “family friendly”; ban the alcohol and tobacco.

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  14. Dish

    Apr 22. 2017

    The ordinance reversal most likely happened because the city realized that they wouldn’t be able to sell alcohol at the Grand Prix. As in many cases, follow the money trail.

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  15. Julie

    Apr 22. 2017

    I agree with Old school and Jim’s comments. I’s so sad that people actually have the arrogance to believe that anyone with a different lifestyle than theirs should be banned from public places. I smoke and drink (as well as pickup tons of trash in our parks, cemeteries and along the roadside) Funny, I wonder how many of these folks who want to take my freedom of choice away own guns and would have a fit if I tried to take that right away from them?

    Like Jim stated “they must be charter members of the La Porte chapter of the piss and moan about everything club.” 🙁

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  16. Julie

    Apr 22. 2017

    By the way, I don’t care to look at fat people in bathing suits…maybe they should be sectioned off and a fence put up in order not to offend my holier than thou/it’s all about me feelings? Likewise, maybe the Star Spangled Banner should be revised with these six words being omitted (O’er the land of the free)?

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  17. Sad

    Apr 22. 2017

    I’m with Dish. Look deeper, This decision is driven by money and not what is better for nature or our community.

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  18. Cheryl

    Apr 22. 2017

    Disgusting — nothing quite equals the joy of stepping on a still lit cigarette butt while barefoot. And extinguished butts are so lovely to look at.

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    • I Agree

      Apr 22. 2017

      Yes, and those wonderful smoking commercials that we have to see on TV of smokers with gum disease pulling their teeth out, or the smokers with tubes in their throats, or having to clear out their voice boxes. Great fun!
      There’s a reason they run these commercials, don’t show smoking on TV, or have cigarette ads in magazines anymore. Wise up people!

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  19. Rebecca T

    Apr 24. 2017

    I can understand alcohol a little but why smoking?! Isn’t this public property that tax payers funded? Second hand smoke KILLS. Now I can’t let my kid walk around there because of second hand smoke. Who do I complain to and what meetings do I need to show up to so that we can get this reversed? I’ll gladly start the petition.

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  20. Seriously?

    Apr 24. 2017

    La Porte Rec Board… ARE YOU KIDDING ME?!?!?
    No. Just plain NO.

    As if this community doesn’t have more than its share of problems, we’re going to reverse the decision about smoking & drinking IN A PLACE THAT OTHERWISE HAS NUMEROUS HEALTH BENEFITS??!??

    I mean, if the rule wasn’t already in place maybe you don’t enact it but to have it there (clean air, clean sand, healthy behaviors, good example for kids etc) and then REVERSE it?

    Mayor Blair! HELP!!!

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