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Apr 19, 2011 9:02 AMPublication: The East Hampton Press

Promoter Seeks Spillover Parking At EHHS

Apr 19, 2011 5:05 PM

Chris Jones, one of the organizers of the Music To Know concert, which is expected to be staged at the East Hampton Airport on August 13 and 14, paid a visit to the East Hampton School Board on April 12 to ask for permission to use the East Hampton High School parking lot for overflow parking. Concertgoers would take buses from there to the airport. Mr. Jones indicated that the organizers would be able to donate $10,000 to the school district after parking expenses were covered.

If the high school lot is used at all, Mr. Jones said, it would be from 7 p.m. on, “when headliners would be at the event.” Most parking will be at the airport, and the organizers have also arranged to use the Ross School, spots on Stephen Hands Path, and several other sites for parking. Asking to use the high school lot is “a precautionary measure,” Mr. Jones told the board.

Board member John Ryan wanted to be sure all parking would be on asphalt, rather than on playing fields a week before athletic practices start.

“Unusual partnerships for revenue are really helpful,” board Vice President Laura Anker Grossman said, although she noted that when school property was used for performances by Paul Simon and by Foreigner all the proceeds went for charity. She added that she would like to see any money the district receives go to the Project MOST after-school program, adding, “It would be really wonderful if it came to more than $10,000.”

Board member Stephen P. Talmage said using school property for MTK’s for-profit venture could turn into “a slippery slope” in terms of district policy. He suggested a student-run parking arrangement whose proceeds could go to the girls softball team or the Key Club, for instance.

Neide Valeira asked from the audience if beer and wine would be served at the concert.

Mr. Jones replied that they would be. “Always there’s going to be someone who does something daft,” he said, even though people will be supervised at virtually every step as they leave the concert.

Board member Alison Anderson said having students run the parking sounded dangerous, and most board members seemed to want to take that idea off the table.

The board and Superintendent Raymond Gualtieri agreed that the district should consult a lawyer about liability and whether private use of the parking lot would be acceptable before making a decision.

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My goodness, so much last-minute planning for an event which the EH Town Board approved in a work session (for a different location)!

Why is the Town Board putting up with this?


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