The license and inspection department is helping out. They'll be downtown making sure vendors follow all the rules and helping to get them off the street on time.
"We are not a police department. We're an arts council, so we manage the event from 5 to 9:30," said Brenda Durant, executive director for the arts council. "The responsibility for what goes on in front of an open business is in the hands of that business."
That's exactly how leaders are treating it: as two separate events. The first part of First Friday will be family friendly, involving the art and food vendors, music and family friendly things. Nike Kyrie Gs
After 9:30, First Friday will become a more adult only event.
leaders and law enforcement leaders have just over a week to figure out exactly how First Friday will change.
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"The information that's going to be shared between what the arts council does with the department of license and inspection and the Sheriff's Office will help a lot in cleaning up who's on first," Durant said.
First Friday changes to help sheriff's department 'tremendously'
The question from deputies, however, was who makes sure vendors are set up properly and leave on time. Cpt. Scott Gay with the Richmond County Sheriff's Office says there has been a lack of communication on whether vendors could stay late, leaving deputies to patrol patrons as well as vendors.
"It puts everybody on the same playing field, and I think that's what we wanted all along is to know what the rules were," Gay said. "[It helps us] tremendously. It allows us to focus on the Nike Lebron Xiii - Boys' Preschool criminal element, which is what we wanted from the inception."
Leaders also more clearly defined roles for the event's management, so to speak, from the Greater Augusta Arts Council to the businessmen.
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So, businesses decide what, if any, vendors are allowed outside their store. The Greater Augusta Arts Council, who manages First Friday during the early evening, will then hand out vendor passes. Vendors must display those passes in order to set up shop downtown.
event designed for families that later on is an event that hopefully people come in and use the restaurants and other stuff, too."
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