Mitchell Park event ban being discussed Monday night

12/22/2014 1:10 PM |
Mitchell Park. (File photo)

Mitchell Park. (File photo)

It’s been six months since Mayor David Nyce introduced a proposal placing a permanent ban on issuing mass assembly permits for the use of Mitchell Park.

Now tonight, Monday, the board is set to discuss and possibly take action on the draft policy.

The board meets at 6 p.m. at the Third Street firehouse.

Greenport Village Board members have been weighing the idea of putting restrictions on park events after two religious groups threatened to take legal action against the village for denying their organizations use of the park. Since June there has been a temporary moratorium on issuing permits for park events until a more definitive  policy on park usages could be developed.

Following several public hearings, in October Greenport Village officials appeared to be leaning toward enacting new legislation preventing mass assembly permits to be issued for any event that is not sponsored by the village in some respect. The board has since been compiling a list of restriction on park usages, which is expected to be discussed tonight.

Residents are invited to comment on the proposal during the public portion of tonight’s meeting.

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