Citizens pack city hall to discuss Hangout Fest concerns

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VIDEO: Citizens pack city hall to discuss Hangout Fest concerns

GULF SHORES, Ala. (WKRG) — Though the Hangout Music Festival was not on the meeting agenda Tuesday night, News 5 received a tip that several people planned on bringing festering concerns about the event to Gulf Shores city officials.

“We don’t want another Bourbon Street,” said Evelyn Sanders. 

Frustrated residents claim the event taints the family-friendly atmosphere of Gulf Shores, one of their biggest concerns being the small bathing suits attendees wear, and the fact that those attendees walk around the heart of the city wearing that clothing.

While most were naysayers, some did speak to the festival’s strengths, addressing the economic impact, and even the internship opportunities the concert provides to area high school students.

Shaul Zislin, the owner of The Hangout as well as Hangout Fest, spoke at the meeting as well.

“All of you have raised concerns that are heartfelt, disturbing,” he said. “But they can all be addressed unless you go about it with a mob mentality.”

Gulf Shores Mayor Robert Craft says after every Hangout Fest, the city gets together with concert organizers to accumulate data and go over the pros and cons of each year. From that discussion, the city decides whether to renew Hangout’s contract. 

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