Non-Football Season Getdowns on a Test Run

By: Blaine Tolison Email
By: Blaine Tolison Email

Area leaders say Friday's Mardi Gras Downtown Getdown was only moderately successful--attracting about 1,000 people. Organizers of the event also say they over-estimated beer sales at $5,000 dollars, but only profited about $1,000.

The Community Redevelopment Agency says its agreed to more Downtown Getdowns in Winter and Spring due to its success in the fall--but the agency is weary about the expense of off-season Getdowns.

At Monday afternoon's agency meeting, organizers discussed the importance of at least covering all the costs of putting on the events. Leon County Commissioner Bryan Desloge says the expenses change and available funds change, which creates a challenge. "There's a charge associated with that, which changes a lot of the models, so suddenly having to pay for some of those things creates a little bit of heartburn from a financial standpoint." said Desloge.

There is another Downtown Getdown slated for Springtime Tallahassee. As for the re-development agency, it will re-visit the issue later in the year.

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