COLLIER COUNTY, Fla.- This stage in Cambier Park will be set in a few weeks. But the musicians and organizers are wondering if they'll even get to play.
"There are thousands literally thousands of people in Naples that love the concerts at Cambier Park. I can't see denying these people the free right of attending free concerts," said Ev Hughes with the Naples Concert Band.
The city of Naples is considering making changes to the way it permits special events. The concerns include safety, parking, and capacity. Mayor John Sorey said the city receives 200 applications every year for special events and believes the City Council should select based on cultural impact and economic benefit.
"We've got 20,000 of the roughly 350,000 of Collier County and all the events want to be in the city of Naples," said Mayor John Sorey.
That means parades, art fairs, concerts, anything typically held on 5th Avenue, 3rd Street, or Cambier Park. But Pamela Carey with the Naples Jazz Orchestra said the events are valuable to the community.
"They come to see us, they come to see the Naples Concert band, there are a number of other musical groups here. I don't understand why a city that lives and thrives on tourism wants to make this beautiful setting dark when all of these tourists are going to be down here with their money," said Carey.
Mayor Sorey said city-sponsored events won't be impacted.