Geist Reservoir's 'Cocktail Cove' shows its tamer side after 3 years of police patrols
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GEIST RESERVOIR, Ind. - It’s the unofficially the last weekend of summer, and police are making sure those who are celebrating are safe on Indiana’s lake. A notorious party cove at Geist Reservoir is a lot quieter and safer now, after three years of patrols by Fishers police.
The holiday weekend brings thousands of boaters to Indiana's lakes, such as Geist Reservoir, where police have focused on taming a long-running party.
It’s better known as “Cocktail Cove.” As a YouTube video shows, it used to be host to alcohol-fueled weekend boat parties.
“When we first started, it truly was the epitome of ‘Cocktail Cove.’ People getting extremely intoxicated – there was just the lewd behavior,” Fishers Police Department (FPD) Sgt. Mike Janes said.
Encouraged by concerned homeowners on the cove, FPD began weekend boat patrols with its fire department three years ago, asking people to turn down the music.
Another request police made of lake-goers? Limit the alcohol.
“The opportunity to get crazy and out-of-control (isn’t) there anymore,” Sgt. Janes said. “We want to make this Cambridge Cove."
Compared to three years ago, “Cocktail Cove” is now a shell of its former party self. Parties, due to police presence, are now largely under control. Police said they have made no DUI arrests this year.
"It's gotten better,” Geist homeowner Barb Chelminiak said. “This is our seventh season. The first five seasons, I didn't want to come here. Last year we came here weekly and I felt much safer."
That’s not to say “Cocktail Cove” still isn’t filled with young weekend boaters who turn up the volume. Only now, they’re met with police officers handing out boating safety guides and reminding them of the city’s noise ordinance.
"I think it's going to continue, but I think it'll help tame some of it down,” boater Barbara Wynn said.
"If we can make them calm, not drink to excess, (make) sure there are designated drivers and that they're boating safely, then we've achieved our goals,” Sgt. Janes said.
The “Cocktail Cove” party is still going, but at a much lower decibel and with almost no one now spending part of their weekend in jail.
Keep in mind: State conservation officers said they are also patrolling Indiana’s waterways into Labor Day, looking for boaters over the legal limit for alcohol.
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