NEW BERN, CRAVEN COUNTY - There's a debate about alcohol use in a certain portion of the Croatan National Forest-- and it's up for public input.
The U.S. Forest Service is seeking the public's opinion to help decide or whether or not Fisher's Landing will continue to allow park visitors to drink alcohol there.
This proposal comes after park rangers say they continue to receive complaints of drunken behavior negatively affecting the quality of the recreation experience.
Croatan National Forest District Ranger Jim Gumm says, "It is a serious issue and we have had some safety concerns, we've had some increase law enforcement visitations out there, there have been arrests because of drunken behavior."
If the ban is approved alcohol could be prohibited from Fisher's Landing for up to five years.
The Forest Service also wants to remind the public that comments must be received no later than September 4th in order to be considered.
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