Updated:COCOA BEACH, Fla. —
Traffic and trash from a new music festival in Brevard County over the weekend prompted lots of calls and complaints to the city of Cocoa Beach.
City leaders said they were not prepared for the thousands of people, or the aftermath from the San Juan Bautista 2014 held at Lori Wilson Park.
Leaders said the organizers of the festival are going to have to make some major changes if they want to bring it back to the city.
Tony Sasso with Keep Brevard Beautiful said he’s been walking Cocoa Beach picking up trash since Sunday night.
“You’re not even supposed to have beer bottles on the beach, and I saw more beer bottles than I’ve ever seen out here on the beach,” he said.
It’s all leftovers from the music festival put on by radio station 100.3.
Pictures on the station’s website show the big party that stretched across the beach, but the problem is the city was only prepared for about 5,000 people.
Some attendance estimates double that number.
“I don’t think anybody expected it to be the size that it ended up being,” said city manager Bob Majka.
Majka admitted the event didn’t go off as planned, and everyone from volunteers to administrative staff pitched in and picked up—and the costs piled up.
“We’re in the process of looking at what causes some of the negative impacts of this event,” he said.
Residents in nearby neighborhoods are still fired up after cars were parked in places they shouldn’t have been.
“No respect for the beach here, and no respect for the community they are coming to visit,” said resident Ralph Day.
City and county officials will be meeting with the promoter this week, and said they are adding up the costs so that that the radio station can pick up the tab.