While we applaud the efforts of the Discovery Bay Lions Club in attempting to put on a solid event in Rocktoberfest this Saturday, however, it appears the event in Discovery Bay is in jeopardy after event organizers have not filed required paperwork with Contra Costa County as of Tuesday afternoon.
In a letter obtained by EastCountyToday, the County sent a letter today to the Lions Club warning them that their event requires a Temporary Event Permit from the Department of Conservation and Development, Community Development Division (DCD).
Regarding this specific event, the County has sent the Lions Club two prior letters. Once on July 24 and another on Sept. 25 warning them of the required application and permits. All three communications included the application and ordinance.
According to the Letter, they advised the Lions Club that the application for a temporary event permit must be submitted no less than forty-five days prior to the proposed event.
In speaking with Francisco Avila from the County, he confirmed that as of 4:30pm, there has been no paperwork submitted for this event or any permits granted. He further explained they need 45-days to ensure all agencies are aware and can ensure public safety of the event. He also stated no deadlines extensions have been issued.
We are hearing this evening that a special meeting of the CSD in Discovery Bay may be called in order to allow the Discovery Bay Lions Club to bypass the County to allow the event to occur at another location on Town property–likely the Discovery Bay Community Center.
To put this in perspective, the Annual Knightsen Days Car & Tractor Show obtained all the required permits for their event which shut down Knightsen Ave. Meanwhile, the Chili Cook Off scheduled for Nov. 11 has been cancelled due to the 45-day window and country rules requiring competitors to cook on site.
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