Getting a handle on the problem of public drinking

I totally agree with Linda Mancuso’s testimony (about moving the Fishermen’s Memorial) that Marine Park is a drunk haven. My kids enjoy playing in the shelter, but I avoid it now. Too often they share the space with groups of people who are openly drinking, even though posted signs say possession and consumption of alcohol is not allowed at the park. Laws are meaningless if they are not enforced.

The greater problem is the groups of drunk people who roam downtown. I wonder how we get to the point that we just accept all this public drunkenness downtown. When I am in other towns of similar size, I do not see this public drunkenness, but in Juneau it seems to be something we just take for granted.

I would support more resources for city agencies to deal with this problem so that we don’t tolerate public drunkenness in Juneau any more.

Also, in the interests of keeping downtown Juneau pleasant, I urge people to not give money to panhandlers. There are many charities we can give to instead, such as the Glory Hole and St. Vincent de Paul, to name just two.

Jeanne Foy

Juneau

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