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Papaya International Reggae Performance, Union Sq, Aug 15th, Noon-6pm

WHEREAS, Community Board Five takes its role in the review of applications for Parks Special Events seriously and requests an opportunity to review the application before a permit is granted by the Parks Department Special Permit Office; and

WHEREAS, Papaya International has submitted an application seeking permission to conduct a reggae performance in the South Plaza of Union Square Park on Saturday August 15, 2009 between the hours of 12:00 PM and 6:00 PM; and

WHEREAS, 2009 will mark the fifth year of this cultural event in Union Square Park, and Community Board 5 is not aware of any previous complaints related to this event; and

WHEREAS, The event will feature performances by eight to ten musical artists; and

WHEREAS, Amplified sound will be used during four hours of the event; and

WHEREAS, The applicant represented that this event will be free to the public and is expected to have an audience of 50-100 people; and

WHEREAS, Although the application stated that the applicant intended to request a vendor's permit to sell food and merchandise, upon hearing the Parks Committee's concerns over commercial use of the parks, the applicant agreed that nothing would be sold at the event; and

WHEREAS, Although the event is scheduled for a Green Market day, the event will occupy only a small footprint of the South Plaza, away from the Green Market; therefore, be it

RESOLVED, That Community Board Five recommends approval of the application by Papaya International to hold a reggae performance in Union Square Park on Sunday, August 15, 2009.

The above resolution passed by a vote of 35 in favor; 0 opposed; 1 abstaining.

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