Bud Emerson | Klish Way
If you want to know why the fairgrounds gets at odds with its neighbors, get a load of this.
Just about the time we all settle down after the the races and summer crowds to enjoy some relaxed community time, KAABOO lands on us. We will get 40,000 drinking and dancing revelers in our backyard starting Thursday night September 17 and continuing around the clock through Sunday, September 20. If you know anything about festivals like Coachella or Stage Coach, imagine that scene crammed into our neighborhood. More than one hundred bands and performances on seven stages.
From their website: www.kaaboodelmar.com:
KAABOO IS EVERYTHING A TYPICAL MUSIC FESTIVAL IS NOT. THAT’S BECAUSE WE’RE NOT A “FESTIVAL.” WE’RE A NEW KIND OF ARTS AND ENTERTAINMENT “MIX-PERIENCE” DESIGNED AROUND COMFORT, QUALITY AND GOOD TIMES.
“KAABOO was created by music lovers for music lovers. An adult escape, uniquely curated to appeal to all five of your senses, with world-class music, dancing, incredible cuisine, craft libations, inspiring contemporary art, and personal indulgences”
“late night dance party 10pm-2:30am”
upscale food plaza
“pleasant potty time” with premium bathrooms
craft breweries and wineries
“anti-dirt”...places to clean up
bring blankets and beach towels
sandy beach at main stage, premium cabanas, exclusive bar, beach volleyball
Price packages from $279-$2499 plus fees and service charges
It seems our Council, staff, and Sheriff’s Office were completely blindsided by this plan. It is not clear if the Coastal Commission has any jurisdiction. No one seems to know anything about noise and light abatement, lagoon impact, traffic control, waste disposal, water usage....
Technically, the Fair Board is a government agency, the 22nd Agricultural District. Can you imagine any other government agency behaving this way. Where is the accountability? This is not an April Fools joke folks, this is for real.