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Dover City Council Cancels NYE Event for 2015

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Dover City Council has an emergency meeting Tuesday morning. (Photo: WBOC) Dover City Council has an emergency meeting Tuesday morning. (Photo: WBOC)

DOVER, Del. (WBOC)- The Dover City Council has canceled a New Year's Eve celebration planned for Delaware's capital just two days before it was scheduled to take place.

Dover's Youth Advisory Council was put together this year to give local teenagers a voice in city government. Those teens planned the family-friendly event for the town for New Year's Eve. 

But Tuesday at an emergency meeting city council canceled it for this year by a 7-2 vote. The council originally approved the planned event back in November.

The event was to have happened from the Legislative Mall through the heart of downtown Dover with entertainment, food, and businesses open late.

But some of the permit applications weren't in as required. That led some city leaders, including much of the city council, to have concerns about safety at the event.

Rebecca Anderson chairs the Youth Advisory Council, which raised about $30,000 in in-kind donations for the event.

"I'm quite disappointed with what happened here with so many people looking forward to it. Over 900 people said they were willing to contribute. So many did contribute," she said.

Councilman Dave Anderson, who is Rebecca's father, voted against the cancellation.

"There were no major issues. There was nothing that couldn't be solved today, in fact," he said. "The vote was a mistake. It was a huge mistake, and it was bad politics."

But other councilmen clearly disagreed.

"There is a lot that wasn't done and to try to do that going into a holiday for the city staff is just something that couldn't be done," said Bill Hare.

Rebecca Anderson said that with all the bad that's been happening in Dover this year, such as seven homicides, the city could have used a nice way to start 2016.

"I'm not really let down too much for myself but for hundreds of people, for businesses, for our community more than anything else," she said. 

The silver lining for the kids here is while the city council canceled this year's event, it also pledged extra support to the teens to ensure next year's event does happen.

With Dover's celebration no longer happening, you may be scrambling for something else to do Thursday night. The website for the Delaware Office of Tourism has a long list of many New Year's Eve events going on across The First State. In Kent County, that includes events at Harvest Ridge Winery and at Dover Downs.

Check out the full list by clicking here.

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