Pirate festival's return to Vallejo depends on City Council decision http://www.timesheraldonline.com/news/ci_2252...
Organizers of Vallejo's annual Northern California Pirate Festival say they're hoping not to have to strike colors, weigh anchor and head to another port, but it's really up to the Vallejo City Council.
Whether the festival, which draws thousands to the city's waterfront over Father's Day weekend, has a seventh consecutive year here boils down to a couple of issues council members will decide at next week's meeting, festival organizer Kathy Kingman said Monday.
"The last six years we've tried to stay in Vallejo -- we're big fans of Vallejo -- but after last year with the heat wave and the economy still struggling, we really had to at least research other options," she said. "Because without expanding we couldn't charge for tickets,(which organizers are considering), so we can be prepared (with shade or shelters) for whatever the weather brings."
Several city and business leaders said they heard festival planners were considering moving to Treasure Island, and called them requesting a meeting.
Public Works Director David Kleinschmidt said he, City Manager Dan Keen and City Councilmen Robert McConnell and Bob Sampayan met with Kingman last week after she met separately with local business leaders.
Ease of permitting was discussed, as were liability and parking issues.
"They want a walk-through before the event to ensure any damage to the irrigation system they're charged for afterward was actually caused by their event," a fairly common occurrence,