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Paul Goldfinger, Editor@Blogfinger.net

This post is from 2018, now modified from when we reported on the inaugural visit of the Sea.Hear.Now Festival in A. Park.  We raised some issues as described below.  Th dates are updated for 2019, but we have few details.      We raised some interesting concerns last year, and the comments are still present from 2018. Go to the website for more details.  It’s $150.00 for general admission tickets    (was $120.00 in 2018).  It’s still cheaper than a Broadway show, and there is a lot of talent on board here.

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The  Sea.Hear.Now festival, taking place Sept. 21-22 2019, on the beach and in Bradley Park in Asbury. The Lumineers and the Dave Matthews are the headliners among the 27 acts performing on three stages.

Other attractions will include surfing contests, demonstrations, yoga, food trucks, and others.

20,000 people are expected each day, and the noise will persist into the evening on both days.

It’s interesting that this private extravaganza will shut down a large swath of north A. Park to the public.  I was down there late Friday, and the security and restrictions are reminiscent of a third world country.

Why should this event close down large portions of the public’s beach, boardwalk and parks to the public unless admission tickets (wrist bands) are purchased?   Where is the precedent for this at the Jersey Shore, and right in Ocean Grove’s backyard?

What happened to the civil liberties of all who don’t attend but who live around here?  You can be sure that there will be gridlock parking in OG.  When they have huge events in Central Park, such as Shakespeare in the Park, it is usually free except for rare benefits.

Anyone can photograph in Central Park, but at this Asbury festival they will not allow Blogfinger to photograph despite our press credentials.  As of Friday, all press credentials are being denied.  Freedom of the press on public property??  They do not want any professional photographers at the events.

Most of the people attending will be from out of town. There will be congestion in small areas.      Many hotels in the region extending to Staten Island and Brooklyn are already sold out.  This event has tied up the entire area, and to what end?  Who benefits?  Who gets the huge amount of money to be generated?  Will some drop into the coffers of the City of Asbury park to benefit the citizens, the tax payers, the poor, the homeless, etc?

And what about the impact on the environment including the ocean and Wesley lake?  I bet Bradley, the founder of AP would not approve.   And Stokes would jump out of his chair.  And the event will go on into the night.

Why is AP allowing and encouraging this?  What is really the point of it?   In 2012 they allowed Bamboozle, and that was a failure.

But Grovers, you might just want to go.  It does look like fun, and some of you did go last year.

Why not move this thing to California or Woodstock–they have lots of space there.?  Somebody tell them the way to San Jose.

 

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