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Bond-Fire Art & Music Festival Changing Locations?

01:01 PM Wednesday 12/21/11 |   |

Organizers of the Bond-Fire Art & Music Festival near Groveland, Fla., were denied a permit Tuesday, nine days before the event was supposed to begin.

The festival is scheduled Dec. 29 through Jan. 1 with a lineup that features more than 55 acts including George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic, Spiritual Rez, Big Something, Lubriphonic, Soulive, The Lee Boys and Dangermuffin.  

Bond-Fire was originally set to take place on a 40-acre pasture in Lake County.

Thanks to a decision made at Tuesday’s hearing with the Lake County Commission, the festival must find a new location. Commissioners unanimously voted to deny a permit to hold the event because of safety issues, according to Orlando’s WFTV.

The news station reports that Bond-Fire’s promoter didn’t make arrangements for police, fire or ambulance support.

Jim Judge with Lake EMS told the commission that with such short notice, he was worried about finding staffing during the holiday weekend.

Another issue is the narrow, one-lane dirt road leading to the property and how well the road could accommodate ambulance and fire trucks in an emergency, according to the Orlando Sentinel.

After promoter Chris Bolster told the commission that more that a thousand people would be showing up for the festival, Lake Commissioner Welton Caldwell told him he should “let people know it’s not going to happen,” according to WFTV.

However, the website and Facebook page for Bond-Fire Arts & Music Festival says that the event is not canceled.

The festival posted the following statement on its Facebook page Tuesday: “We are moving the festival to a more adequate site a few miles away from the original site ... Stay tuned!!! We are working round the clock to accommodate the growing number in attendance as well as public safety concerns.”

An update on Wednesday adds that organizers are wrapping up contracts with the new property owners. An announcement is expected in the next 24 hours.

Click here for the story from WFTV.

Click here for the Orlando Sentinel’s story.

Click here for Bond-Fire Art & Music Festival’s website and here for its Facebook page.

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