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One Step Closer to an Alcohol Ban for Labor Day Float

By Tyler May, tmay@krcrtv.com
Published On: Mar 19 2013 08:13:06 PM CDT
WILLOWS, Calif. -

Glenn County is looking at the option of banning all alcohol during an annual event known as the Labor Day Float.

This is the second time the Board of Supervisors is looking at the proposed ordinance after it failed to pass back in August.

“What is the message we are sending them?” said Kevin Flannery, who is against the ban.

Flannery says he never speaks at public meetings but at the Board of Supervisors Tuesday, he felt compelled.

“Once we take away their right on the river to do with they seemed fit, it is a violation of their rights,” said Flannery.

Flannery says he is against the new ordinance being considered by the Glenn County Board of Supervisors.

An ordinance that would ban any alcohol south of the Highway 32 Bridge by the Irvine Finch and the mouth of the Big Chico Creek by Scottie's Landing.

The Butte County Board of Supervisors has been on board with this idea since 2011.  Even before the death of 20-year-old Brett Olson last summer.

The problem is, for the entire river to have the ban, Glenn County must agree as well.  The Glenn County Board turned down the idea back on Aug. 30.

“I think we've become more of a policing environment than we have letting people express their freedom of rights,” said Flannery.

Flannery's plea wasn't enough this time the board approved the ordinance with a three to two vote.

“We need additional tools in our tool box to hopefully mitigate the alcohol consumption on that river,” said Glenn County Sheriff Larry Jones.

Sheriff Jones believes it's time for alcohol to go away during the ever busy Labor Day Float.  He also thinks having Chico State push back the first day of the fall semester would help them out.

“Lessen the amount of students in the Northstate that would take advantage of the Labor Day Float,” said Sheriff Jones.

Flannery thinks it is wrong the board passed the ordinance.  He believes that students who are old enough to drink need to take responsibility for themselves.

“I'm not really for drinking alcohol but I think when we take away rights, we are sending the wrong message,” said Flannery.

The proposed ordinance still has to go through one more round of voting before it goes into effect.