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Dewey Hosts Responsible Alcohol Service Conference

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Bars are ready for the summer (Photo: WBOC) Bars are ready for the summer (Photo: WBOC)

DEWEY BEACH, Del. - The Delaware Restaurant Association, in conjunction with the Delaware Office of Alcohol Beverage Control and the Department of Alcohol and Tobacco Enforcement, is hosting an responsible alcohol service conference in Dewey Beach to prepare for the busy summer season.

The conference is called DE C.A.R.E.S, or Delaware Course on Alcohol Responsibility and Educated Service.

Memorial Day Weekend is often referred to as the unofficial kick off to summer, and tends to get rowdy in the beach area.

"The biggest problems we face are the influx of tourists," Dewey Beach police Sgt. Cliff Dempsey said. "Our roadways fill up with vehicles and we really focus on pedestrian safety and motor vehicle safety."

Dewey Beach police are prepared to have high visibility patrol once those tourists flow in, and now restaurants and bars are trying to do their part as well.

Steve 'Monty' Montgomery, chairman of the DRA and owner of the popular Starboard bar and restaurant, said it's all about being proactive.

"The biggest issues are crowds, safety and alcohol service and people on vacation, it all ends back to safety and we want to train our people," he said. "Make sure they're ready for the season, especially here in the tourist-friendly, tourist-heavy beach area and so we're just here to put an exclamation point on that."

That exclamation comes with tips on responsible alcohol service, spotting fake IDs and just overall dealing with drunk people.

"It's going to reflect on everybody that you work with and all your coworkers so, go out of your way, do everything to make sure your customers are safe, they have a great time a great experience so they come back," Monty added.

The conference also is a coordination with police.

"With the alcohol service, it's up to them of how much they're going to serve their patrons," Sgt. Dempsey said. "As as a reflection of that, the people come out onto our streets and then we have to deal with them."

The event is from 10 a.m.- 2 p.m. at the Baycenter in Dewey Beach and is free to the public.

Organizers anticipate between 150 and 200 people to attend.

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