B'ville: Open 'til 11

Event promoters can rest assured.

Before the 2007 hours had a chance to be implemented, the village of Baldwinsville changed Paper Mill Island operation hours back to the 2006 schedule.

This past Labor Day weekend, a firework show began at 11:05 p.m., causing quite a few complaints from residents in the surrounding area. After receiving feedback from the community, the village of Baldwinsville decided to change the hours of operation at the island to prevent any further disturbances.

After a recommendation from the assigned committee, the board approved new hours of operation for the 2007 schedule. The new hours allowed promoters/renters to open the island from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. with no beer being served after 9:30 p.m. and no fireworks or music after 10 p.m.

Promoter Mike Chemotti, who has brought many events to the island during the summer months, protested the change. His main concern was the sky wouldn't be dark enough during some nights for fireworks to begin and end by 10 p.m. and that the hours would negatively effect attendance.

The board kept the option open for promoters to request an extension of hours in the specific cases, but that did not alleviate promoters' concerns.

After looking back into the issue, Mayor Joe Saraceni said there weren't many instances of complaint regarding the old hours and the new hours would adversely affect business in the surrounding area. One example he gave was people would have to choose between going to a late dinner at one of the surrounding restaurants or to the island event, whereas with last year's hours of operation, people could choose both.

The board approved reverting to last year's hours of operation, which are from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. with no alcohol sales after 10:30 p.m. and fireworks and music ending by 11 p.m. Trustee Rick Presley voted against reinstating the former hours.

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