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Published: 2007/05/21

Reggae on the River Cancelled

Californias Reggae on the River festival has been cancelled. In a public message, festival organizers said the following:

After months of trying to settle with Dimmick Ranch and People Productions, no agreement has been reached. This leaves the communitys festival in jeopardy with hundreds of thousands in costs and no permit or venue. To produce an event two things are required – the permit and the site. In the beginning it was felt that the Mateel as owner of the festival permit for almost 23 years in addition to their binding contract with the land owner would have no problems.
Then Dimmick Ranch terminated the Mateels lease. People Production & Dimmick Ranch posing as the permit applicant applied for the Mateels permit under Reggae Rising. Then Reggae Rising (the property owner and People Productions) announced their intention of doing the Reggae Rising Festival on the same day, at the same time and at the same venue. The planning commission who handles the permit process decided to allow both sides to continue with the application (crazy but true). Then, the commission would not rule on who the applicant was, stating let the decision be made by the courts. Even though the decision is clearly the commissions responsibility, they skirted it to avoid the political fallout. This doomed the event to conflict that could only be settled within the court system. We held out as long as possible in hopes of a resolution. The Mateel has tried everything in their power to convince Dimmick Ranch to settle fairly and in good faith.
Without a permit and venue this leaves us no choice but to cancel the event for 07. All tickets will be refunded at the place of purchase. 2b1 will wait for the courts to resolve the dispute and is 100% behind the Mateel. Once resolved we believe the community can again come together behind Reggae on the Rivers founding principals of love, spirituality and ‘UNITY’.

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