Ohio Island Tries To Shake 'Anything Goes' Image

UPDATED: Sunday November 10, 2013 6:15 PM

Citations for public urination in the Ohio island village of Put-in-Bay have significantly declined in recent years as business owners, officials and residents work to shake the negatives of being a party mecca.

The Blade newspaper in Toledo reports the 33 public urination citations issued this summer were down from 67 in 2006.

The misdemeanor offense carries an $80 fine and $85 in court costs. The island village on Lake Erie changed its law in 2000 to remove the more serious charge of public indecency.

Put-in-Bay's police blotter fills with public urination and disorderly conduct incidents in the summers, and monthly ambulance runs rise from 10 in the off-season to 90 in July.

But community leaders say such incidents involve a fraction of the tens of thousands who visit Put-in-Bay each year.

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