Unimpressed with planning by
The promoters of the concert failed to negotiate the contracts and permits needed to hold the event, including ones for police protection, shuttle-bus service and parking.
At about the same time,
They got them all -- including a liquor permit.
In return, the city collected a
Claims will include that Floripa crews drilled into the athletic field's artificial turf and track as they installed stages and other structures. On the Monday morning after the concert, the field was discovered to be buried in trash and debris, including glass shards from broken liquor bottles embedded in the turf, which Rivera said render the field a total loss.
"There was a plan, but nothing tangible to back up the plan," Hudson Selectman
Excellent plans, Lucy said, but no contracts.
"Ultimately, what the
"They just told the (Portuguese) Club, 'We're going to bring in a lot of people and you're going to make a lot of money,' " Duplisea said. "They wouldn't answer all the questions that come with an event that size."
Floripa's owner, Rita Mondardo, signed a contract with
The Licensing Board issued the beer and wine permit.
Since then, Rivera has ordered all city employees with knowledge of the concert not to talk to the press about the event, so it could not be immediately learned which of the other required contracts, permits and agreements
Mandardo said she would have one or two scanners to count people as they entered, which officials said was inadequate.
"Just because you're selling 3,500 tickets doesn't mean only 3,500 would show up," Lucy said. "We can't shut our borders and say, 'You can't come to our town.' "
The contract is not specific, but the capacity at
The company also thanked the people who attended and said the discussions between its lawyer and
On Tuesday, Mondardo referred questions about the event to a man she called Marcello. His voicemail was full.
Rivera declined to comment for this story, citing the "complexity and sensitivity of the insurance and litigation process."
"I'm sure they tried to do the right thing, too," Duplisea said. "Unfortunately for them, it didn't quite work out that way. I can't speak for them, but speaking on our part, I'm glad we denied it."
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