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Millennium Continued from page 1 dow view of the ocean, would hold 2,000 people for a formal black-tie gala dinner at $550 a couple, complete with entertain- ment, satellite communication with celebrations a rottnd the world, a laser show and fireworks. Local restaurants would provide the six-course meal. The event would be supported by national and local sponsors, with the chamber and Artist Ser- vices splitting the proceeds, ac- cording to the percentage of spon- sorship money obtained..The goal is to net $100,000 each. The city, which would provide maintenance assistance, utility ac- cess and power, police and traffic control, emergency assistance and insurance outside the tent, would reap the benefits from the Satur- day, Jan. 1, event proceeds. That would entail a Taste the Coast 2000 event, with entertainment and contests and tasting of local specialty foods provided by area restaurants. Admission would be $2 per adult, with profits, estimat- ed to be between $20,000 and $40,000, earmarked for down- town revitalization efforts. The weekend would wrap up on Sunday, Jan. 2, with a Sweeten and Roast the Coast, providing an opportunity for nonprofit organi- zations to sell desserts, roasted coffees, teas and ciders, keeping all of the profits. Once again the entry fee would be $2, with the money earmarked for a specific organization such as the volunteer fire company. While noting that the prospect of such an event is "exciti.ng," Commissioner Kenny Vincent had a number of concerns he wanted addressed. Concerning the tent, he was assured that they would not use stakes to secure the structure; rather, water barrels would be used. Vincent also won- dered aloud whether the city should expect its skeleton winter maintenance and police staffers to work on the millennium New Year's Eve. He was told by one of the organizers, Jeff Meadows, that the organizers would provide their own security - off-duty Marines - as well as trash re- moval. The $550 price tag per couple also seems steep to Vincent, who noted, "I'm not sure we could af- ford it. Who are we putting this on for?" He was told by chamber President Mike Meoli that they believe 25 percent to 40 percent of those attending will hail from the Cape Region. The board was also assured that if they don't have the necessary sponsorship and 70 percent of the tickets sold by May 1999, the event will be canceled, so they need to begin promoting the "World Series of New Year's Eves" very soon. Commissioner Jack Hyde also brought up a couple of concerns - that the Christmas tree at the Bandstand would have to come down the day after Christmas in order to begin setting up the mas- sive tent, and that the city could be in the midst of its downtown revi- talization project, with Rehoboth Avenue torn up. That's when Sargent said he'd like to see the city "walk away with $100,000. A lot of people in Rehoboth can't afford to attend, so I want to see the people of Re- hoboth benefit greatly and I'd like to see that money earmarked for revitalization." Sargent told them that if $100,000 seemed too high, then he would settle for a third of the net profits. Chamber Executive Director Carol Everhart reminded Sargent that the city would be getting as much as $40,000 from Saturday's Taste of the Coast. But he replied that he didn't feel comfortable making the decision that evening. Mayor Sam Cooper agreed that the fact that the event would be held in downtown Rehoboth Beach would be part of its allure and therefore worth a tidy sum. However, he didn't necessarily agree with Sargent's formula. He asked Meoli to show them on pa- per what it will cost to run the op- eration, and they were asked to meet with fire and police depart- ment representatives before the workshop discussion. Saying the whole idea hits him as "cold," Hyde added that he sees "more problems than benefits," with the general public excluded from the vantage point of the Bandstand and part of the Board- walk on New Year's Eve. "You ask us to participate, but you want it all your way. I'm not trying to be an obstructionist, but I need to see some numbers before I de- cide." Following the meeting, Everhart said they will meet with Yoe to go over the financial projections so that they can "explain the possibil- ity of income and possibility of no income," more succinctly to the commissioners at the workshop. She added that Yoe's Artist Ser- vices, Inc. is also taking its pro- posal to other cities, such as Lewes, where they made a presen- tation to the Lewes Chamber of Commerce on Jan. 13, as well as out of the state. 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