Under previous terms of the agreement, the city took in
With this change, the city will no longer need to spend that quarter on maintenance. Instead, the full
Rather than using city crews, Waterfront Concerts will hire a local contractor to perform grounds maintenance, according to concert promoter
After the recent
The city owns the waterfront land but leases the area that holds the Darling's
City officials and Gray have been involved in a lengthy negotiation process to craft an agreement that would extend the concerts into 2021. Those talks have largely stalled while the city works to resolve noise concerns aired by residents.
The current contract extends through the end of the 2016 concert season.
In the revised version, Waterfront Concerts also has agreed to pay
The revisions also permit Waterfront Concerts to use the two parking lots between the concert grounds and the railroad tracks. The city has allowed organizers to use those lots for vendors, production trailers and to serve as the venue entrance. Gray agreed to move trailers from the parking lots as needed to make way for other events like the American Folk Festival or KahBang Music and Arts Festival.
Gray has said he would like to see upgrades to the venue, which could include anything from a new roof to permanent toilets to replace the portable toilets as negotiations continue toward a long-term agreement to keep the concerts in the city.
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