UPDATE: The DCR has decided NOT to grant a permit to Fright Island.
After a little confusion over where the community meeting to discuss Fright Island exactly was – there was a last minute change from the Curley Rec. Center to the Murphy Rink – approximately 100 people showed up on Saturday morning to learn more about this spooky event.
“Fright Island” – a “Spooky World” type of attraction – is be being proposed for 19 days in October at Fort Independence at Castle Island. The producers of this event are expecting 15,000 total in attendance with 780 people per night – roughly 200 people per hour. It would be open from 7pm-11pm. Included in Fright Island will be 3-4 Haunted Attractions, 3 outdoor “scare zones” and “Macabre Village” which is basically a food court which will serve beer and wine. There will also be a Jack-lantern Walk – which will display carved pumpkins and “Monster Midway” which will be carnival games. Admission will be $35.
DCR Commissioner Leo Roy was on hand to answer questions and listen to residents concerns and issues. Also present was Bill Spain, president of the Castle Island Association. None of the local politicians were represented.
The majority of the crowd was against the event including the CIA. Issues from parking, traffic, drinking and the fact that Fort Independence is a historic landmark were voiced.
The DCR stands to make $18,000 from the event. Producers of the event – who were not present at the meeting – could potentially make over $500,000. In the Fright Island proposal – it is mentioned that the producers would donate to local charities although how much or to who have not been revealed.
Roy will ultimately make the decision on whether to give or deny a permit to Fright Island. The CIA asked that a decision be made by their mid July meeting.
More to follow!