Attendance numbers for the sold out shows were 11,081 on Thursday, 11,742 on Friday, 11,881 on Saturday and 11,830 on Sunday. The town limits the number of attendees to 11,550. The added numbers were explained by a town-approved increase in the number of Merchant Passes this year.
There were 4,088 campers in the combined campgrounds.
Despite numbers that exceeded last year’s attendance, the town saw 200 fewer cars than in 2010.
Twenty-five police officers were on duty over the weekend. There were six arrests, two detoxs, 25 cars towed and 120 tickets issued.
Preliminary reports by the New Community Coalition are that 65-70 percent of festival refuse in the park was diverted from the landfill to recycling or composting facilities.
While it was not a record, Mayor Stu Fraser added that an impressive 500 kegs of beer were consumed.
Big Event Protocol
A special meeting of the Telluride Town Council is set for Tuesday, June 28, beginning at 10 a.m. to discuss methods for potentially handling last-minute big events, such as the recently considered Buffalo Springfield concert, that cannot be dealt with in the normal processes of the Commission for Community Assistance, Arts and Special Events and Parks and Recreation boards.
The Town Council rejected the proposal for a Buffalo Springfield concert in part because no such policy is in place.
All interested public and merchants are encouraged to attend with helpful suggestions.
Medical Marijuana Licensing Authority Established
Council passed on second reading the creation of a Town Medical Marijuana Licensing Authority.
While many lawyers were in attendance to ensure specific language in the final document, only two members of the public spoke out against the ordinance. John and Beverly Baker made an impassioned plea to rethink medical marijuana licensing in the town, contending that the location of a MMJ Center in their Parkside Condominium building has ruined both the value and enjoyment of their condo because of health concerns and a fear of criminal activity.
The ordinance passed 6-1 with Councilmember Ann Brady in opposition.