Are SLO County supervisors too old to party?
June 3, 2014
By JOSH FRIEDMAN
The San Luis Obispo County Board of Supervisors turned down a proposal to permit Forever Never Land to sell more than 3,000 tickets to an Avila Beach September event.
Forever Never Land is a weekend long festival for ages 21 and up, in which attendees have a range of booze-filled choices that include house party games, dancing to 80s and 90s music, slip ‘n sliding and laser tag. Forever Never Land LLC proposed selling up to 10,000 tickets to the event slated for Sept. 13 and 14 at the Avila Beach Golf Resort.
During the board meeting, a representative for the promoter said that they would need 5,000 or 6,000 attendees to make the Never Land event viable. The promoter has already rented the space and sold some tickets. Even so, it is not yet known if the event will be canceled.
Tuesday, the board of supervisors voted down the proposed business license required for events having more than 3,000 attendees during a meeting Tuesday. The board voted 4-1 against the Forever Never Land plan, with Supervisor Debbie Arnold dissenting.
Arnold argued that the Avila golf course is private property designated for events and that the festival would generate needed revenue for the county. The other four supervisors said Forever Never Land is too large an event for Avila Beach, and the community is already overcrowded at that time of year.
Prior to the vote, Supervisor Frank Mecham said to board chairman Bruce Gibson, “You and I are too old to go to this anyway.”
“No we’re not, Supervisor Meacham,” Gibson responded. “Absolutely not. I reject that out of hand.”
But, Gibson then said plans for the festival did not meet county requirements.
County regulations allow for the festival to occur if it has less than 3,000 attendees, lasts fewer than eight hours and part of the proceeds go to a nonprofit. Forever Never Land representatives planned for a crowd of 8,000 but said that they could still make the event work with 5,000 or 6,000 attendees.