Renovations to host site of Memphis in May International Festival not well received by all
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Renovations to host site of Memphis in May International Festival not well received by all


Capt. Clint Starnes/Germantown Asst. Fire Marshal & Swift Water Rescue Technician: “We’re set to do swift water rescue so that if the equipment, man power, and boats to handle the situation as well as doing flood evacuations for slow moving water if we have to go get somebody out of their GERMANTOWN HAS ABOUT A DOZEN SWIFT WATER RESCUE TEAM MEMBERS. IT IS WORKING WITH MEMPHIS AND SHELBY COUNTY CREWS TO MONITOR WHERE HELP MAY BE NEEDED. Richard: TONIGHT.. MEMPHIS IN MAY IS WORRIED ABOUT ITS FUTURE… THAT A PLANNED RE-DESIGN OF TOM LEE PARK MIGHT AFFECT THE FESTIVAL MORE THAN WE WERE LED TO BELIEVE. Katina: THE FESTIVAL PUMPS 100-MILLION DOLLARS INTO THE LOCAL ECONOMY. AND NOW ITS PRESIDENT AND C- E-O … SAYS THE RE-DESIGN COULD HAVE A DRASTIC IMPACT. LOCAL 24 NEWS REPORTER DAVE DETLING IS LIVE FROM BEALE STREET STREET LANDING. DAVE … YOU SPOKE TO ONE PEOPLE SHELL OUT THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS TO SET UP SHOP FOR THE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP BARBECUE COOKING CONTEST. THEY WANT TO MAKE SURE THE REDESIGN PLAN WON’T NEGATIVELY IMPACT THE FESTIVALS THEY LOVE. DAVE DETLING/REPORTING : ERIC HODSON/BOARS NIGHT OUT “If we’re gonna win, I want to be on the river.” LIKE EVERY PARTICIPANT IN THE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP BARBECUE COOKING CONTEST — ERIC HODSON WITH BOARS NIGHT OUT — WANTS TO WIN ALONG THE MISSISSIPPI RIVER FRONT. BUT WITH TOM LEE PARK’S REDESIGN PLANS — HE’S CONCERNED ABOUT THE FUTURE OF THE COMPETITION AND OTHER MEMPHIS IN MAY EVENTS. ERIC HODSON/BOARS NIGHT OUT “How are we going to cram everybody in this park by 20 or 30 percent or however much they’re saying. We’re already crammed tight for space now.” THURSDAY MEMPHIS IN MAY PRESIDENT JIM HOLT EXPRESSED SIMILAR CONCERNS. HE SAYS AN ARCHITECT GROUP REVIEWED SITE PLANS. IT ESTIMATES PUBLIC SPACES FOR THE BEALE STREET MUSIC FESTIVAL WOULD FALL FROM 73 TO 47 PERCENt. THE IMPACT TO THE BARBECUE CONTEST WOULD BE GREATER. Jim Holt/Memphis In May President & CEO “With all of the hills and trees and bushes and this and that, it has an impact on where we are able to place things and considerations of crowd flow comes into the picture, service vehicles that are used thoroughly out the park, so all kind of elements come into play.” AS THE 70 ” It’s a mess down there at times but we all love it because of that river, that bridge and the skyline of Memphis.” Dave:

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