CRISFIELD, Md.- The newly renovated city dock is drawing more attention from people who want to use it. While city officials welcome requests, a recent event application raises some concern.
A couple who lead the folk/pop band, Naked Blue, wants to host a free concert on the city dock June 7 as part of a songwriting retreat that weekend at Janes Island State Park. Jen Smith and her husband Scott, are working closely with the Somerset County Art Council and Somerset County Tourism to host multiple musicians on the city dock, which took a big hit from Hurricane Sandy.
Michelle Pruitt of Crisfield thinks a free concert on the dock would be a great idea.
"We like to show off our town and our heritage here," Pruitt said. "Especially now, since we've come through so much with the hurricane."
"People don't realize how severe it [Hurricane Sandy] hurt us, and we've come back from that," she said.
The band submitted an event application, but city officials have yet to approve it. The concert is expected to draw a large crowd and city leaders are not sure how to properly prepare for it. Council member Kim Lawson said the council wants to meet with the applicants to get more details on the their plan. They question whether the couple plans to have concessions, additional security, alcohol or clean-up plans.
"What we have to provide is safety as far as policing, trash removal, security as far as lighting and things of that sort , and be aware of that when we're using it," Lawson said. " If it[the city dock] becomes as popular as I'd like it to be, then those things are going to have to be factored in."
A grant and sponsors will be sought to cover the event once the council approves the plan.
Pruitt said the community would be happy to help the band carryout their plans too.
"I wouldn't take a chance on losing the opportunity to have that group come here because of those things," Pruitt said. "There are enough volunteers in Crisfield. We've all show that we can come together."
The City Council hopes meet the Smiths at its Feb. 12 meeting.