Put-In-Bay tries to shake 'anything goes' image

Put-In-Bay is an island resort town on Lake Erie

Citations for public urination in the 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 Toledo Blade 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.