After years of trying to combat Fourth of July revelry at McCall's North Beach by sending in extra law enforcement and placing restrictions on crowd sizes
, the sheriff's office now wants to ban alcohol at the popular spot on the north side of Payette Lake.
"The beer was going down so fast [on Fourth of July], It was kind of the perfect storm," Valley County Sergeant Kevin Copperi told the McCall Star-News.
Law enforcement estimated the number of revelers swelled to 1,000 this past Fourth of July—well over the 750-person limit. Previous Fourths at North Beach have seen as many as 2,500 people, triggering numerous arrests and citations for rowdy and/or drunken behavior. The Star-News
reports Valley County Sheriff Patti Bolen now says she's preparing to go to the Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation to seek a special Fourth of July rule banning alcohol at North Beach.
This year, it took 14 Valley County patrol officers and 11 marine deputies to keep the peace at North Beach. Additionally, Idaho State Police made nine troopers available to assist with McCall policing. A total of 27 citations were issued by ISP for underage drinking, with the youngest person being a 15-year-old girl, according to the Star-News
. Ten motorists and one boater were also charged with DUI.
The Valley County Sheriff says enough is enough.