County OKs regulations for special events, mass gatherings
Lincoln County Commissioners have approved an ordinance for special events and mass gatherings of more than 300 people to “ensure proper planning and adequate allocation of resources to protect the health and safety of the public.”
Although the county has been working on developing the ordinance for some time, a recent public protest in Catawba County and some motocross and boat racing events in east Lincoln put the item higher on the county’s priority list.
Permits would be required for public events that include alcohol, fireworks, live entertainment, overnight activities, vehicle racing, physical contact sports or that impact public rights-of-way. There are certain exemptions, such as for church gatherings, but after some discussion commissioners decided not to exempt those events that already are working closely with the county to ensure that safety and traffic concerns – among others – are addressed.
In the future, such events as Denver Days, the Fourth of July Fireworks and the Denver Christmas Parade will be required to seek permits and submit plans for county approval, but because they have always worked closely with fire, EMS, DOT and other agencies, no major issues are expected.