May 21--GULFPORT -- The Gulfport City Council voted unanimously to deny a request from a promoter to allow rapper Lil Boosie to perform in North Gulfport.
The Council agreed the noise would be too loud for the neighborhood, despite support from residents in the area.
The promoter, Keith Brown, offered to reimburse the city for any expenses incurred as a result of the concert.
Residents near a proposed Lil Boosie venue wanted to see the rapper perform Saturday on a North Gulfport ball field.
Alton McInnis and his son, Jamal, planned to be at the City Council meeting. They live just south of the Amos Croutch Sr. ball field where Lil Boosie would perform at 2 p.m. Saturday. Harrison County has agreed to rent concert promoters the venue, but the city of Gulfport says the concert would violate its noise ordinance.
Brown was appealing to the council to overturn the administrative decision denying a waiver. But the seven-member body will have to agree before the last-minute item can be added to the agenda,
Alton McInnis sees the concert as an opportunity to sell some of his award-winning barbecue. He said 200 residents of the neighborhood signed a petition supporting the concert and his has heard no talk against it,
Residents also say a blues concert was held at the ball field a few years back.
Around the block, Darron Winters got a flier about the concert.
"We need to have more things around here so all the people in the community can get together and get along," Winters said. "Where can I get my tickets?"
If Councilwoman Ella Holmes-Hines has her way, the show will not go on. Holmes-Hines, who represents the area, has said ministers and their congregations in North Gulfport oppose the show. She and other officials believe Lil Boosie should take his act to Jones Park, home to the Gulfport Music Festival and a venue with more parking.
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