LEE COUNTY, Fla. - Lee County sheriff Mike Scott says he hopes FGCU organizers go elsewhere for their security needs when planning the November hip-hop concert.
The annual event, Eaglepalooza, is rumored to be held at JetBlue Park on November 24th and feature hip-hop artists Ludacris and Kendrick Lamar.
Sheriff Mike Scott believes the event could bring more trouble than entertainment.
"When a person is on state and is promoting violence, use of illegal drugs, degredation of women, the 'N' word... of course that tends to hype people up," said Scott.
"Its always that kind of excitment about this event and students look forward to it. And they're very excited about the choice this year," said Michael Rollo, Vice President of Student Affairs at FGCU.
In an email exchange between Scott and University President Dr. Wilson Bradshaw, Bradshaw writes:
"The safety of our students and other attendees at Eaglepalooza is paramount, and this event is no exception. Our staff informs me there will be 75 to 100 security officers on site in addition to law enforcement. There will be no alcohol or tailgating allowed. Additionally, large bags and coolers will be prohibited; there will be no event reentry; purses will be checked; and all attendees will be screened by metal detectors."
Lee County Parks & Recreation Director Dave Harner told WINK News in a statement, "Lee County has not received a special event permit application from the organizers nor has the department been approached by the organizers about the event. As per Lee County ordinance, the special event permit process involves a number of departments and agencies, one of which is the Sheriff’s Office. It’s not out of the ordinary for the Sheriff to identify security concerns. Lee County Parks & Recreation will work in unison with the Sheriff’s Office to ensure we provide a safe environment at special events in our community.”
Tickets are expected to go on sale September 13th.