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Port Royal park at the center of complaints about noise, suspected drug activity

Port Royal's John Parker Park is at the center of noise and suspected drug activity complaints by some area residents.
Port Royal's John Parker Park is at the center of noise and suspected drug activity complaints by some area residents. Jonathan Dyer/The Beaufort Gazette

Fed up with the late-night noise and suspected drug activity at a nearby park, two Port Royal residents took their complaints to the Town Council this week.

Their story didn't surprise police Capt. Alan Beach, who said his officers are familiar with problems at John Parker Park, although people who live nearby seem reluctant to call authorities about them.

"We take it very seriously, but it's nothing that we can't get our hands around," said Beach, who added that police are trying to stop illegal activity at the park on Casablanca Circle. "We can manage it."

The residents, who spoke at the council meeting Wednesday but asked that their names not be used for this story, said high school-aged students also hang out at the park during school hours."We're asking if we can see more security in that area," one of the residents said.

The two residents suggested a park curfew and more frequent patrols, night and day.

Police have already stepped up their presence there with the department's new three-member Neighborhood Enhancement Team, Beach said. The team was formed about a month ago and increases education and enforcement in areas with a high number of traffic accidents or crimes, according to a town newsletter.

The John Parker Park is one of those areas, Beach said.

"We're going to be proactive on this," he said.

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