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City officials put Oktoberfest parade permit idea on hold

Published On: Dec 24 2013 04:19:25 AM CST   Updated On: Sep 04 2013 08:25:12 AM CDT



A plan to charge a fee to reserve certain Oktoberfest parade spots has been dropped by the city of La Crosse, at least for now.

The Board of Public works says there's just not enough time to pass the ordinance before Oktoberfest this year, but they'll consider it for next year.

The plan would set aside certain areas of public property for parade viewing and then sell permits so people can reserve the spots. The idea is an effort to keep people from camping out for days before the parade.

The campers are breaking several city ordinances, but the biggest concern is safety. "It's a U.S. highway, Highway 53, it's got a lot of traffic and a couple of these popular spots are on curves and at 2 o'clock in the morning if someone were to miss the curve and jump the curb, they could easily run over some of these people if they're sitting out there," said Asst. Public Works Director Robert Haines.

As for enforcing current ordinances against setting up early, Haines expects the same level of enforcement as last year.