Sylvan beach begins no-tolerance alcohol policy

SYLVAN BEACH (WSYR-TV) - When a major fight broke out on Sylvan Beach this month, more than 70,000 people viewed the video online. It's one of the reasons why the village is cracking down on alcohol use on the beach this season. 

"I came to the beach to retire and enjoy this beautiful area," Gregory Horan, Sylvan Beach's mayor, said "And when you see what can happen just like that it's a huge concern."

The village will spend an extra $25,000 in security this season. That money will come from Oneida County's revenue sharing agreement, not taxpayers. 

The goal is to have officers stationed at the beach's entrance to prevent people from bringing alcohol in the first place. 

"If you come with your family and your children to the beach, hopefully... right next to you will be a similar group of folks," Horan said. "Not kids that are abusing the area."

Since the increased security went into effect last weekend, five tickets were written Sunday alone.

In prior years, it's been difficult to enforce the "no drinking" policy.

Many times, 911 was called and people got rid of their drinks before police arrived. 

"We want more people to come to Sylvan Beach," Horan said. "We want everyone to come and enjoy what we have. But at the end of the day, that small group that small percentage, they're no longer welcome." 

 


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