Delaware Beach Town Warns Parents About Underage Drinking

Oct 30, 2013

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SOUTH BETHANY, Del. (AP) - The government of a Delaware beach town is warning homeowners that they can face penalties if underage drinking or other offenses occur inside their homes.

South Bethany was the site of a party for graduating high school seniors that Maryland Attorney General Doug Gansler briefly visited last summer. After a photo of Gansler at the party was published by The Baltimore Sun, Gansler said he should have done more to determine whether underage drinking was going on.

The town government says in a statement that many such incidents "are the result of poor or absent supervision by parents." The statement notes that many parents allow underage drinking as long as the teenagers don't drive.

Homeowners can face fines or the loss of their rental licenses over disturbances on their property.