Levy County Cancels Private "Labor Day Extravaganza" Citing Safety Concerns
Published August 31st, 2013
LEVY COUNTY -- It's billed as a "Labor Day Weekend Extravaganza," but Levy County Sheriff's Deputies are concerned it could be anything but. Citing safety concerns, deputies are cancelling an event in Williston. But TV20's Trent Kelly reports organizers of the event say deputies have the wrong idea.
Four months after a gunman killed one person and injured four others at an unsanctioned event in Williston, Levy County officials are now taking steps to shut down another event they believe could turn out the same way.
"We want to definitely avoid any incidents that were similar to Crabfest," said Lt. Scott Tummond of the Levy County Sheriff's Office.
Lt. Tummond says his agency grew concerned about Saturday's planned "Labor Day Weekend Hip-Hop Extravaganza" after finding an online flyer.
"That flyer kind of indicated that the organizers did not believe that law enforcement would be there to take any action, if need be," said Tummond.
With the event being held just a few miles away from where Crabfest occurred and with organizers failing to get a county-approved permit, deputies decided to enforce a court-ordered injunction stopping the extravaganza.
But organizers of Saturday's event say deputies simply have the wrong idea. They say the problems at Crabfest were caused by people from outside Williston and has nothing to do with their event.
"We're just trying to have fun and trying to get together," said Norman James, one of the organizers of Saturday's event. "This has nothing to do with Crabfest, and the Crabfest event had nothing to do with Williston."
In light of the injunction, James says he has cancelled the "Extravaganza" and now plans to hold what he's calling a "Birthday Party" for his father, at the same location and the same time as the "Extravaganza." The planned concert is off, and James says they plan on adding more lighting and bathrooms for the "Birthday party."
Deputies say they still plan on being there, but only to turn people away.
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