Woodstock Appeals Town’s Denial


Points Finger At “Political Forces”

Hours after receiving a denial for an application to hold a three day concert festival at Vernon Downs, representatives of Woodstock 50 say they are filing an appeal of the Vernon Codes Enforcement denial and reapplying Tuesday night for the permit.

A spokesperson for the Woodstock 50 promoters issued the following statement:

In response to the denial of an event permit by the Town of Vernon, Woodstock 50 believes certain political forces may be working against the resurrection of the Festival. Local reports claim Woodstock’s filing for the permit was “incomplete” but that is not the case. Woodstock 50 officials were informed by the Town of Vernon that most questions had been answered and asked only that Woodstock submit medical, safety/security and traffic plans by this past Sunday, which it did. With a venue chosen, financing assembled and many of the artist’s supporting Woodstock’s 50th Anniversary event, the organizers are hopeful that their appeal and reapplication tonight will prevail without further political interference. 

The Woodstock promoters did not identify who or what the political forces are.

Earlier in the day, the Vernon Town Codes Enforcement issued a denial of the permit request. The text of the denial letter says:

This office received three one page applications dated June 18, 2019 signed by Arthur Wood as agent for Vernon Downs to conduct a concert Aug. 16,17 and 18h. No other details of the nature of the event were provided. Nothing purporting to comply with the requirements of Town code 139-31 were submitted. 

This office received three other one-page applications dated July 3, 2019 proposing to conduct concerts also on August 16,17 and 18″. Those three applications were signed by Susan Cronin as agent for Vernon Downs. 

These three applications were also unsupported by documents complying with 139.31. On July 8, 2019 this office relieved some further materials seeking to partially comply with 139.31. 

Pursuant to 139.32 D, any application for a temporary permit must be completed 120 days before the proposed date. Since the proposed concert is intended to attract a audience of approx. 65,000 persons, the event requires a temporary permit. Even if it 

were an administrative permit ( 8,000 or fewer ) a complete application must have been filed 60 days before Aug. 16, 2019, which would have been about June 16, 2019. 

Therefore per 139.32 E, all six applications are hereby denied. 

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