Bethany Bandstand May Pass Police Costs onto Event Organizers
The bandstand and plaza in Bethany Beach, Del. (Photo: WBOC)
BETHANY BEACH, Del. - Organizations using Bethany Beach's bandstand and plaza may have to reimburse the town for police coverage during events.
Mayor Tony McClenny said the proposal would only apply to events where multiple police officers are needed to maintain order. The town would review applications on a case-by-case basis.
The current ordinance allows the town to be reimbursed for the services of one officer only, McClenny said.
The proposal is tied to a white supremacist rally at the bandstand about two years ago. Dozens of people, mainly those opposed to the group, showed up for the emotionally charged rally. The town was left with the bill for extra officers needed for the event.
Opponents are concerned a new fee will discourage groups from using the bandstand. Supporters said groups that need security should have to pay for it.
McClenny said the white supremacist rally was the only event he could remember where police were needed at the bandstand. From live music to small sales, the mayor said most events at the bandstand are peaceful.
The draft ordinance said the fee would apply to events with 100 or more people attending. McClenny said the bill for police would depend on the time and number of officers needed; the town would notify groups in advance of the fee.
The town council is scheduled to consider the matter at its Friday meeting.
Saturday, May 18 2013 10:19 AM EDT2013-05-18 14:19:20 GMT
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