Six Concurrent 'Fests' Killed by L.B. City Council
It was to have been
twice as big as the Long Beach Grand Prix, with half a million
visitors' showing up, for a three-day bash, next weekend. One of
the 'fests,' AirFest, was to have featured the Blue
Angels, and the Snowbirds, among others.
The Long Beach City Council, citing concerns over emergency
response, parking, and "community outreach," killed ShoreFest, with
less than two weeks to go.
Though ShoreSales (the promoters) claim they addressed all the
Council's concerns, the City Manager, Jerry Miller, said the
Council's list of ten demands (delivered to ShoreFest on Monday,
according to a local report) weren't met to his satisfaction. "The
absence of these assurances compromise the safety and convenience
of the citizens of this city," he explained.
The event was to have been free, and was to have featured a
'Fest' for everybody: AirFest, Water-, Kids-, Harbor-, Music- and
TasteFests, however, were all canceled.
There may be a lawsuit or two; and there certainly are hard
feelings all around.
The City says it had borne the brunt of the planning expenses,
and was worried that it would have to provide police and other
protections to so many people; the -Fest folks countered that they
had addressed the City's concerns, and must have felt that, as a
non-profit, free event, the City owed the people whatever police
protection the City deemed important. Promoters also said they had
arranged the required airlift emergency services, etc., but that
the contracts, which the City demanded, hadn't been signed yet.
Neighboring-suburb NIMBY groups also claimed they hadn't
gotten enough notice, to organize their protests.
The City Council was unanimous behind the Manager's