The state land board voted last week to make an emergency alcohol ban on three-day holidays at the popular recreational area permanent, and now the family whose son?s death triggered the emergency rules is speaking out about the move.
For the last six months, a rest in peace sign has been draped across the home where Nowden "Maka" Torres grew up, and where his family has lived for the past 30 years.
Inside the front room are Maka's ashes along with pictures of his two daughters.
"I don't want any other parents, mommies and daddies to go through what we went through. We miss him so much," said Frances Torres.
Everyday on her way to work Torres says she passes by the pier where her son fell and hit his head after a fight Memorial Day.
She and her family were waiting for Maka to come home for dinner that night, they instead spent it at the hospital where he ended up in a coma.
With emotions still raw during this holiday season it was hard for them to see the news stories about the ban and the mention of the alcohol and cocaine in her son's system.
"I was sensitive. I was angry. I was hurt," said Maka?s mother.
But the Torres family felt they could finally share some of their feelings about what happened.
They are angry that budget constraints didn?t allow for DLNR staff to be on duty that afternoon.