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Summerland latest in Okanagan to allow booze on the beach

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People who enjoy an alcoholic beverage at three of Summerland’s popular beaches can do so without breaking the law, but only for the next 12 weeks.

The District accepted a proposal from the Chamber of Summerland and Bottleneck Drive Association to permit alcohol consumption at Rotary Beach, Peach Orchard Park and Powell Beach as part of a 12-week pilot project.

Today, June 1, is the first day the public can enjoy the privilege, but only between noon and 9 p.m.

“This initiative aims to enhance the overall beach experience for residents and visitors, promote local businesses, and showcase the diverse range of locally-produced food and beverages available in the Summerland area,” according to a media release from the Chamber and Bottleneck.

READ MORE: No to drugs but yes to booze in Kelowna parks

Elsewhere in the Okanagan, the idea of boozing on the beach caught on in Penticton where it's now permanently allowed.

The City of Kelowna is currently flirting with the idea. Similar proposals were put forward in Vernon in 2020 and West Kelowna in 2021, but failed in both cities.

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