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Kingsford Barbecue event on Monday, March 12 in Madison Square Park

WHEREAS, The Madison Square Park Conservancy has applied for a special event permit to host a Kingsford Spring Forward: Get Grilling Barbecue event in Madison Square Park on Monday, March 12, 2007 from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and

WHEREAS, The event would involve smoking, grilling and barbecue demonstrations by champion and celebrity barbecue chefs in the gravel area near the Shake Shack; and

WHEREAS, The proposed exhibition will require a Sunday setup involving two tents (10x10 and 10x20) as well as seating for 100 people with an anticipated attendance of five thousand visitors; and

WHEREAS, Community Board five is on record as being extremely concerned by the high number of commercially sponsored events in area parks; and

WHEREAS, Community Board Five has established the policy that such proposals be submitted for review in time for them to be fully vetted by the Parks Committee along with the full Board; and

WHEREAS, The scope, scale, timing, and late presentation of the event were problematic; therefore be it

RESOLVED, That Community Board Five recommends denial of this event application for the Madison Square Park Conservancy to host a Kingsford Spring Forward Get Grilling Barbecue event in Madison Square Park on Monday, March 12, 2007, from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

The above resolution passed with a vote of 27 in favor, 9 opposed, 1 abstention.

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