The ongoing saga of how to deal with booze in Boardwalk Park continued Monday, though there was still no clear solution on how to curb the underlying gang issue that has come before the Windsor Town Board for several months.
The board ultimately instructed staff to explore ideas including charging for the swim beach, constructing a fence around the lake, and just leaving the issue alone, monitoring changes attributed to an increased police presence.
“For all the folks who came to me, I’m very disappointed because I really don’t think there are that many new ideas,” said Mayor Pro-Tem Kristie Melendez, who initially supported the proposed ban of 3.2 percent beer. “I’m really kind of thinking the only alternative we have is where we were headed in the first place.”
Special events could still permit alcohol in designated areas — a separate topic that staff also is working on.
The board has visited the beer ban on a regular basis since Police Chief John Michaels and park staff recommended it in an effort to stomp out a surge in gang activity during the summer months.
Boardwalk Park is the only park in the region that allows alcohol, and many believe a ban would at least begin to stop the delinquency. The deal was essentially sealed with John Vazquez often being the lone dissenting vote, but community input prompted everyone to consider new options.
The town board will revisit the issue in February and must then consider adopting any changes if it wants them in place for the busy spring and summer months.
“Everyone’s got their own interest,” said board member Jeremy Rose. “We have to do something, so not everybody’s going to be happy. I think that’s what were trying to figure out — where we can the most bang for our buck.”