The Lil’ Boosie concert scheduled for Saturday at a North Gulfport Park is officially cancelled. Tuesday, the Gulfport City Council upheld a decision by the police department to deny a noise permit. Monday, Gulfport Police Chief, Leonard Papania, denied a special noise exemption for the concert. Tuesday, he told the Gulfport City Council that the noise from the concert would draw large crowds and create traffic congestion. He estimated the police department would need to dedicate 12% of the police force to deal with the traffic congestion. There was also a concern about how close the concert would be to residential areas. Concert promoter, Keith Brown, offered to reimburse the city for any public safety costs. In the end, Gulfport officials say there was not enough planning for a concert of this size.
Ricky Dombrowski, the President of the Gulfport City Council, says, “I think it was just pushed too fast. The planning was not there to do it and plus the community, they were opposed to this and the fact that they didn’t want it in their neighborhood.” Nicole Pittman, a resident who supported the concert, says, “It is a sort of unspoken hush that there’s really never a time for us, I say us as African American youth or young adults, to be able to have that type of concert.” Phillip McSwain, a resident who was opposed to the concert, says, “We didn’t need that kind of language in our neighborhood, speaking on behalf of myself as well as the community.”