In June 2014, Mayor Bruce A. Wahl of Chesapeake Beach, MD, called the town council to order with the intention of discussing regulating “the transfer, possession, and/or consumption of alcoholic beverages” in public parks, venues, and on public property as well.

In spite of the initial opposition, Town Attorney Elissa Levan defended the ordinance by stating, “it has come to the attention of the mayor and town council that persons are bringing and consuming alcoholic beverages onto town property in an unregulated fashion that poses a threat to the public health, safety and welfare by increasing the potential for misconduct and nuisance conduct associated with public intoxication.”

Although the widespread ordinance ultimately was not passed at the time, it began a discussion of whether or not alcohol should be permitted during large gatherings on public lands and on certain public venues. The issue has since been shelved, but not discarded.