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EDITORIAL: Fort Rock rocks, but needs some work

May 1, 2014

Naples Daily News, Fla.

May 01--Entertainment

We keep hearing about the expanding arts and entertainment scene in Southwest Florida.

There are more and more kinds of performances and attractions and they do very well at the box office. We have even seen theatrical venues that usually compete instead work together to bring one major show, "The Book of Mormon," to our area next January.

Now we see evidence of an even more diverse entertainment marketplace. The Fort Rock music festival sold nearly 13,000 tickets this past Saturday at the JetBlue Park campus in Fort Myers. That is about twice the crowd that Germain Arena can hold.

It was such a big hit, on turf used for soccer and spring training parking, that one complaint from fans was the heavy lineup of popular bands meant each could play only a handful of songs.

There also were traffic issues, which officials have learned to how to handle for Red Sox spring training games, and reports of excessive drinking -- which is exacerbated by hot weather.

Get a grip on that and add more concession stands so food and soft drinks are easier to get, and Fort Rock will rock on as another facet of the local entertainment lineup and help JetBlue live up to its promise of being a public asset beyond spring training.


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