The Star-News reports that the Carolina Beach town council last night gave preliminary approval to Michael Oliver's Revolution Evolution of Love Music Festival to be held at Freeman Park this summer. Freeman Park is the undeveloped north end of Carolina Beach accessible only by foot or 4WD vehicle with a purchased daily or annual permit.
Michael Oliver proposed a weekend long, free music festival on the beach featuring local bands of many genres including reggae, bluegrass, folk, jam bands, and classic rock. The board had some concerns about the logistics but unanimously approved the festival with changes to be worked out to address the board's concerns.
Among the Town Council's concerns are how to supply food vendors with the necessary resources to abide by health codes, supplying enough portable toilets, having extra police officers on duty, and that the timing make way for the beach nourishment project in April. While some councilman were concerned about excessive partying and drugs, Mayor Joel Macon was quoted as saying "I'd rather it be planned than impromptu if they're going to do it anyway. I'd rather work together to make it a safe environment."
To read the full Star-News article, please see: Carolina Beach gives initial OK to music festival at Freeman Park