Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

City Eyed as Permanent Home for Spring Break Festival

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

City Eyed as Permanent Home for Spring Break Festival

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The promoter of Jam Splash '96 wants Jacksonville to be the

permanent home of the spring break festival but concerns linger

over control of the tens of thousands of young people attracted

by the April event.

The festival, formerly called the Black College Reunion,

attracted about 125,000 people in Daytona Beach in 1995. Police

in Daytona Beach made more than 400 arrests at the event last

year.

"We are very excited about the events that are getting ready to

take place here," City Councilman Terry Fields said yesterday

during a meeting between city officials and promoter T.C.

Copeland of TNT Productions. However, Fields was concerned that

the city does not yet have a contract with Copeland for the use

of any venue and the councilman wants plans firmed up by March

1. The festival is planned for April 12-14.

"My concern is we conduct an event and not an activity," said

Joseph Henry, director of operations for the Jacksonville

Sheriff's Office. …

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