Falls City Council Says Yes to Alcohol for Campers at Stanton Lake, Pending City Attorney Approval

FALLS CITY – Campers at Falls City’s Stanton Lake can soon enjoy an adult beverage, as long as the city attorney first OKs it.

The Falls City council voted 5-2 on Monday to allow alcohol at Stanton Lake for campers and guests at the on-site cabin. They will now ask city attorney Michael Dunn if it legally allowable.

Falls City city ordinance states that it illegal to consume alcohol on city property. However, the council routinely lifts the ordinance for events at Prichard Auditorium.

Councilman Don Ferguson brought the idea to the council saying people routinely drink at the city park anyway and that he would just prefer it to be allowed and regulated.

He also said the large sign in front of the park, doesn’t make it clear drinking alcohol is not allowed and therefore many campers are unaware they are breaking the law.

Council-members Judy Murphy and John Vaughn voted no on the request. Both members have in the past voted to not allow alcohol in the city auditorium.

All Nebraska State Parks permit alcohol, a fact that Ferguson cited numerous times.

Only Stanton Lake campers and cabin-stayers would be allowed to drink on the premises. Drinking would not be allowed at any other Falls City city park.

Police Chief Duane Armbruster told the council that they have had no issues in the past with alcohol. He said they routinely won’t pester folks about it, even if they realize they’re drinking at the park.

It is unclear when the change would officially go into effect.

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