Nancy FIsher | 24th Street
At its April 12th board meeting the 22nd District Agricultural Association unanimously voted (with one absent) to approve a five–year contract with the organizers of KAABOO, the three-day music festival that made its debut at the fairgrounds last September.
With a groundswell of support from both residents and businesses, and assurances from a small army of sound technicians that KAABOO would adhere to Del Mar’s noise ordinance, board members expressed confidence in approving the contract extension.
In spite of over 40 noise complaints to the city and almost 100 to the event organizer’s hot line, not one of more than a dozen speakers at the meeting had anything but positive things to say about the festival. Many cited its support of local artists, restaurants and breweries, and that security was tight enough that they felt comfortable letting their kids run around on their own. Representatives from the hospitality industry, including L’Auberge, described KAABOO as an economic driver and cultural event that complements our city.
Acoustic consultants have been hired by the organizers who acknowledged that sound carried unacceptably at the September festival and that they’ve “gone back to the well” to focus on this issue. “We know we need to do better than we did in 2015,” their Technical Director explained, “so, in layman’s terms, we’re going to turn it down.”