Law enforcement personnel ready for busy holiday

Linda Gallagher, Associate Editor

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Law enforcement personnel, including Conservation Officer Sgt. Mike Feagan will be out in full force over the upcoming holiday weekend and Fourth of July, patrolling the Torch Lake area. Added police coverage and a lawsuit filed and won by the Torch Lake Protection Alliance last year limited the “wild partying” experienced in previous “Torchfest” gatherings.

REGION – Area law enforcement agencies will once again have a heavy presence on the popular sandbar at the south end of Torch Lake over the Fourth of July holiday this weekend.

Informally called "Torchfest" by Antrim County Sheriff Dan Bean, the annual bash on the lake lured an astounding 8,000 to 10,000 partiers – most of them younger and transported to the party by bus – in 2015, which resulted in a variety of issues and a lawsuit filed by an area nonprofit homeowners association.

The judgment in favor of the Torch Lake Protection Alliance (TLPA), which banned the defendants – Beatbox Beverages, Brooks Ehlert and – from sponsoring, promoting or holding a large "Sandbar Bash" at the south end of Torch Lake in 2016, is in effect again this year.

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