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Campfire Orlando – Live Commercial Event in Union Square Park.

WHEREAS, Community Board Five takes its role in the review of applications for Parks Special Events seriously and requests an opportunity to review the application before a permit is granted by the Parks Department Special Permit Office; and

WHEREAS, Campfire – Orlando has submitted an application seeking permission for a special event to be conducted in the South Plaza of Union Square Park on Sunday January 18, 2009, between the hours of 10:00 AM and 5:00 PM; and

WHEREAS, The applicant has stated that the purpose of this proposed event is as a part of a marketing campaign for a new video game which will be available for sale in February 2009; and

WHEREAS, This event will require set-up beginning at 8:00 AM and clean-up to be completed by 6:00 PM; and

WHEREAS, This event is free of charge to all spectator, and there will not be any sale of food or merchandise; and

WHEREAS, There will be promotional literature distributed at this proposed event; and

WHEREAS, There will be a tent and a glass sided box truck in which the activities will be conducted; and

WHEREAS, The glass sided box truck will include signage, advertising the manufacturer of the new video game; and

WHEREAS, Due to the ongoing construction in the North Plaza, and the relocation of the Greenmarket toward the west and the south, there is a decrease in available park space, as well as fewer days in which special events can be held in the South Plaza of Union Square Park; and

WHEREAS, Community Board Five has repeatedly denied access to its parks for commercial events and this event prominently features corporate sponsors, logos and products which constitutes an excessively commercial use of Union Square Park; therefore be it

RESOLVED, That Community Board Five recommends the denial of the application by Campfire - Orlando to conduct a marketing event in the South Plaza of Union Square on Sunday January 18th, 2009.

The above resolution passed by a vote of 29 in favor; 0 opposed; 2 abstaining.

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