- Associated Press - Tuesday, December 15, 2015

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Iowa officials say they’re trying to figure out how to respond to excessive alcohol consumption at multiple state beaches.

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources said Tuesday it’s collecting informal public comments on ways to reduce alcohol-related incidents on beaches at state parks and state recreation areas.

Iowa State Parks Bureau Chief Todd Coffelt says the inquiry is in response to reported cases of excessive alcohol consumption at multiple state beaches. He says the rowdy behavior threatens the safety of the public and personnel.

Coffelt says it’s too early to determine what could come from the public comment phase, which runs through Dec. 21.

The department initially issued a press release that referenced a proposed ban on alcohol use at state beaches. Coffelt says the release was sent in error.


This story has been corrected to reflect effort to seek public input on alcohol use, not a proposed alcohol ban according to incorrect press release.

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