JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - The attorney for two inner tube rental companies says a ban on alcohol along popular canoeing and rafting rivers in Pike County is illegal.
The Mississippi Supreme Court heard arguments Tuesday.
Pike County, in south Mississippi, in 2008 banned the sale of alcohol on heavily used stretches of the Bogue Chitto River and Topisaw Creek. A judge upheld the ban.
The attorney for two tube rental companies tells justices that the state has regulations for beer and liquor. He says the county had no authority to issue a ban.
In defending the ordinance, the county cites hundreds of arrests made on the rivers for alcohol offenses. It also says numerous injuries and several fatalities have occurred.
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