Police Chief says underage drinking will not be tolerated at Bayfest

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SOMERS POINT—This Saturday has a circle around it on calendars around the region as Bayfest is the single largest one-day event in South Jersey according to planners and according to Somers Point Police Chief, Michael Boyd. “We want everyone to come here and have a great time,” said the Chief. But Boyd was also very clear that having a good time does not include underage consumption of alcohol. “We have 28 officers in the department and we will be fully staffed with extended hours,” said Boyd Monday, April 22.

The officers hours will be staggered so that there will be a full compliment of officers making sure the days goes off without a hitch.  “In the past few years there have been some issues that we want to address. For the most part they are really juvenile issues. We have had juveniles being disorderly and juveniles that are drinking before they arrive; we will bring them in and we will call their parents and go from there.” Boyd reiterated; “We just want to make it perfectly clear that the consumption of alcohol by underage individuals will not be tolerated.” He added that kids on bicycles and skate boards are wise to walk them near any crowds and said; “With that many people there is a chance of an injury and we will tell them to get off their bikes and we will move kids along.” Boyd said the plan for Saturday is pretty straightforward. “We want everyone to enjoy Bayfest, have a great time and everyone enjoy a safe day is Somers Point.”

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