Crafting regulations aimed at preventing underage drinking on Lake Minnetonka proved more difficult than similar laws that target gatherings on solid ground.
For the past several months, the Lake Minnetonka Conservation District board has been struggling to create a social host ordinance for the lake that would hold people responsible for allowing people under the age of 21 to drink alcohol. Board members, however, wanted to ensure that people wouldn’t be unfairly prosecuted under the new rules.
After much discussion, the board approved a scaled down version of the first social host language they considered. The new regulations went into effect yesterday (Friday, July 14), and contain provisions for watercraft and fish houses.