PLAINFIELD, NJ - Plainfield nightclub owner Edison Garcia has approval for a downtown festival on Aug. 18 and 19, but with strict limits on music that in past years could be heard a mile away, according to some residents.
Garcia received City Council permission last month to hold what he is billing this year as an “outdoor multicultural festival.” The hours will be from 1 p.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday, but noting past complaints, Councilman Cory Storch asked how noise will be handled. Public Safety Director Carl Riley said the music must cease at 8 p.m.Saturday and 7 p.m. Sunday.
Six police officers will be hired for the event, and Corporation Counsel David Minchello confirmed that Riley has the authority to shut it down for noise complaints. The venue will be Municipal Parking Lots 8 and 8A, behind businesses on the northerly side of East Front Street. The lots have entrances from Somerset Street and Watchung Avenue. Attendees will have to park in nearby lots.
Garcia began the downtown festivals in 2009 with a September celebration of independence for several Central American countries. Later another nightclub owner began holding festivals. In 2012, crowds of revelers crossed Watchung Avenue to enjoy food, rides, music and beer in rival events spanning two city parking lots.
The city now charges a $2,500 fee per day for festivals, with police officers hired and other public safety sign-offs required. After swelling to twelve days in 2013, downtown festival requests have fallen off as the city has tightened the rules.