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      Commissioners vote to limit festivals at Open Space

      Traverse City Commissioners voted to limit the number of festivals that can use the Open Space and Clinch Park in Traverse City.

      Traverse City Commissioners voted to limit the number of festivals that can use the Open Space and Clinch Park in Traverse City.

      Only two other festivals besides the National Cherry Festival and Traverse City Film Festival can use that space in the summer.

      Smaller events can be held during the summer, but large festivals can only use the space during other times of year.

      The issue of festival fatigue came to light after a Traverse City man attempted to rent the Open Space for every weekend over the summer for what he called the "Quiet Festival of 2014."

      Officials said Lou Colombo wanted to rent the area to ensure no other festival could utilize the Open Space.

      While the request was denied, officials agreed to look into the issue of how many festivals come to Traverse City.

      Several options were tossed around the City Commission including limiting festivals, raising fees and amending the noise ordinance before commissioners voted to limit events to four.

      The policy would also ban events at the Open Space on Memorial and Labor Day.