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Gulf Shores Reconsiders The Hangout Festival’s Permit After Pushback From Residents

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GULF SHORES, Ala. (CelebrityAccess) — Officials in Gulf Shores are reconsidering the Hangout Fest’s future in the city following complaints from local residents about the event.

According to NBC affiliate WPMI, Gulf Shores city officials said they will not renew the festival’s permit in 2020 unless event organizers make changes.

Grant Brown, an official with the city told WPMI that residents have expressed concern over noise, parking issues, and festival-goers roaming the streets and sleeping on private property.

“We, as the city, have to react to those problems that occur. So we’re requiring the festival to mitigate as many of those problems as they can,” Brown told WPMI.

The permit for the festival, which is slated to take place next year from May 15-17th, will be reviewed by the city in February.

In a statement to WPMI, Hangout organizers said: “Historically, the Hangout Festival’s permits have not been issued earlier than 60 days prior to the festival site usage. The nature of the timeline means that planning and announcements must take place prior to that date. During this period, our main priority of the festival is to work closely with the city to ensure that any and all community concerns are heard and addressed.”

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