Private parties limited to Sugarland Park for 30 days

Last month, Clewiston City Commissioners voted to require anyone using bounce houses and other inflatables on city property to sign a hold harmless agreement limiting the city’s liability against accidents.

Commissioners also asked registered businesses that rent inflatables to add the city to their insurance policy before setting up on city property.

At their last regular meeting on July 20, commissioners discussed the new policy further, this time including large tents and grills in the conversation.

Commissioner Mali Gardner said guidelines needed to be set for private parties utilizing city property. In her opinion, anything being set up on city property should go through the same process as the inflatables.

Commissioner Julio Rodriguez worried the city would not be able to monitor every party utilizing city property. Since last month’s decision, city police receive a list from the recreation department of who has registered to use public parks for private parties and whether they will have bounce houses or other inflatables. Officers then check to make sure no unauthorized bounce houses are being set up on city property.

Commissioner Rodriguez argued that it puts too much added responsibility on the department, which is now supposed to catch bad guys, execute code enforcement and monitor barbecues and parties.

The commission came to the conclusion that it would be best to let city staff discuss the issue and come back with a recommendation at the next meeting on Aug. 17.

In the meantime, however, Commissioner Gardner suggested only one park be used for private parties. Except for a wedding scheduled at Civic Park, residents can only use Sugarland Park at Sugarland Sports Complex for private parties.

The rule is in effect until city staff come back with a recommendation at the next commission meeting.

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