Oxford nixes parking lot festival

OXFORD – City officials on Tuesday turned down an Oxford promoter’s request for the use of a city parking lot and a suspension of the city’s amplified music ordinance to host an outdoor blues festival in July.
James Parker said the festival already is slated to be shared among several downtown bars and restaurants, but he hoped to add an outdoor element.
“We figured we’d give people a reason to get out, have some fun and maybe go out to some good restaurants,” he said.
While city leaders were largely supportive of the endeavor at its indoor venues, they were hesitant to set a precedent of using public space for an event not sanctioned by the city. Board Attorney Pope Mallette removed any doubt about the issue.
“We’ve got a state statute that says no public parking space can be used for private purposes,” he told board members. “I don’t know how you get around that.”

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