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Pires Asks Sussex County Council to Withdraw Country Music Festival Application

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GEORGETOWN, Del.- A lawyer for Dewey Beach beach businessman Alex Pires has filed a request to withdraw his client's conditional-use application for a country music festival on farmland near Harbeson.

In an Aug. 18 letter to Sussex County Council attorney Stephen Spence wrote: "It is apparent that, when this application was first filed, there was some initial misunderstanding on my client's part as to the mandatory requirement for presentation of a preliminary site plan."  

The letter goes on to say Pires believed ariel maps and surveys submitted at the time of the application were sufficient enough to let the application proceed because the application did not have any site development.

Acting on behalf of Cool Spring LLC/Highway One, Alex Pires proposed a music festival on a 1,057 acre farm, located between Johnson Road, Avalon Road, Hollyville Road, and Lawson Road. Pires has said the event could bring $10-15 million to Sussex County.

The Sussex County Planning and Zoning Commission recommended against the proposed festival, saying it had concerns the application did not provide enough details.

The Sussex County Council was expected to vote last week on the conditional-use application, but decided to delay the vote until its next meeting. It is now up to the Sussex County Council to accept or deny the withdraw request. The county council meets again August 19 at 10 am in the Sussex County Administration Building in Georgetown.

Pires has said if Harbeson is a no-go, then his next choice is the state fairgrounds in Harrington in Kent County. He plans to spend $5-6 million dollars on the festival, wherever it is.

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