The district mayor said Cavendish’s proposed second music festival had received mixed reviews so far.
The organizers of the Cavendish Beach Music Festival propose another outdoor festival to take place the following weekend, July 14-15.
“Our goal is to make this another iconic event for Prince Edward Island and Atlantic Canada,” said Ben Murphy, CEO of Whitecap Entertainment, the company behind the Cavendish Beach Music Festival.
The proposal is scheduled to be discussed Feb. 6 at a public meeting of Stanley Bridge Resort, Hope River, Bayview, Cavendish and North Rustico City Council.
More details about the proposed festival will be revealed in the coming weeks and at the public meeting, Murphy said, but it will be a new event, not a continuation of the previous weekend.
“We are very happy to explain the brand and what the festival is all about,” he said.
Murphy said the second festival could benefit local businesses and is looking forward to hearing from the community. Encourage anyone with questions or concerns to attend the meeting.
morning island6:12Cavendish’s proposed second music festival received mixed reactions
Mayor Matthew Gilley has already received comments.
“There has certainly been interest and I think, as you would expect, there are people hosting another festival and there are people who have concerns,” he said.
Some of the concerns he’s heard include concerns about the stress of holding festivals for two weeks in a row.
“With the approach of the Cavendish Beach Music Festival and the increase in traffic and subsequent additional activity, there are concerns about burnout from adding an additional event,” he said.
The hope for music festivals such as the Cavendish Beach Music Festival is to increase development and activity in the municipality, Gilley said, adding that they could have other benefits as well.
“It put Cavendish on the map of Atlantic Canada in terms of hosting the events and what we offer in terms of camp and other accommodations and our ability for the community to work with the festival to make it a success,” he said.
The Board will consider public comments
Geely said people will have the opportunity to ask questions directly to the festival organizers and raise any issues at the public meeting.
“If there’s overwhelming opposition, then you know, we’ll just have to look at different things,” he said.
Based on public feedback, the municipality will support any modifications necessary to address residents’ questions or concerns, Geely said. He added that the Planning Board and the Council will take decisions based on these inputs.
“In this community, we certainly believe in giving residents and businesses the opportunity to talk about the important decisions that happen,” said Gilley.
Besides the public meeting, the municipality will also accept written comments until February 15th.
Geely said the board aims to vote on the proposal at its Feb. 27 meeting.