GULF SHORES, Ala. (WALA) – A nearly full city council chamber got neither a “yea” nor a “nay” on extending the Hangout Music Festival. Rather, Monday’s vote was an agreement to have the Mayor Robert Craft and the festival organizers come together to work through the details.
“That agreement will then go back to the city council for public discussion and eventual vote,” Grant Brown, a spokesman for Gulf Shores, said.
At this point the public has show substantial support. Through an opinion poll, the city determined that 62 percent of residents and 72 percent of business owners support the extension.
“The comments that came back all really need to be gone through and if there are concerns there from the public, let’s address those. And the best way to do that is to have the mayor sit down with the producers of the event,” Brown said.
Festival organizers agree that while the public support is there, it’s important to make sure they’ve crossed all T’s and dotted all I’s before moving forward.
“It’s a big event, so I think it’s making sure that we’re reimbursing the city and their expenses, which we always do, and just coming up with a really smart plan. You know when you’re doing a long-term commitment, the devil is in the details. And together we said let’s do this right and do this well,” Sean O’Connell, the festival director, said.
The city said no date has been set at this point as far as when the approval will take place. Fox10 News will let you know when a date has been set.