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June 5, 2014

Company blasts decision on events

Council vote 'cut me off at the knees,' events head says


The mayor and police chief said the existing ordinance covering outdoor events is outdated and does not provide sufficient safeguards for public safety or require neighborhood notice.

City officials said existing rules, in most cases, don’t require a license from the council or notification of neighbors unless the group hosting the event charges an admission fee. Even when an admission fee is charged, many groups holding events have not been applying for licenses nor notifying neighbors, officials said.

Fiorentini’s proposal would amend the existing ordinance by requiring council approval for most outdoor events, neighborhood notification and in some cases a public hearing. The mayor said the fees are designed to pay for police and other city services that are required for large events.

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