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At the end of the September 18, 2012 Forney City Council meeting, the issue of approving policies and procedures for the Spellman Amphitheater was brought up by Councilman James Hatley. The issue has lay dormant for a few weeks, after a firestorm of controversy
on the topic of potential beer and wine sales at the Spellman.
**UPDATE Aug. 21, 3:52 p.m. It should be duly noted, Action Item #5 on the City of Forney's official agenda states, "Discuss policies, procedures and ordinances related to the operation of the Spellman Amphitheater." The Forney City Council will not be voting on implementing the Entertainment Overlay District on the Mick Spellman Amphitheater. They will only be discussing these items, and any action taken will be to approve staff to pursue additional information on special permits and applications. This information was obtained by inForney.com through the City Secratary's office.**
Planning for this year's Trail of Treats has begun and a date has been set. The Trail of Treats will once again be hosted in the Forney Community Park and is planned to take place on October 27, 2012 from 5 p.m. until 10 p.m. Last year's Trail of Treats had an estimated attendance of 10,000 people and that number is expected to grow even more this year.
The fate of Forney's Spellman Amphitheater has been hanging, to some degree, on the issue of whether or not to sell beer and wine at the venue. The beer and wine sales issue has been a catalyst for rumors, misinformation, and public scrutiny
. Forney Mayor Darren Rozell sat down with inForney.com to try and clear up any misunderstandings about the issue. He made it clear that his thoughts are his own, and he is not speaking for the rest of the City Council.
On Thursday, August 3, 2012, the Forney Planning and Zoning Commission held a meeting in front of an unusually large crowd at City Hall. Though Chairman Dobbs joked that those in attendance must be there to hear about the Kroger store
, what really brought them out was the agenda item dealing with alcohol sales at the Spellman Amphitheater.
The Tuesday, July 17, 2012 Forney City Council meeting attracted a packed room full of Forney citizens, including a group of well behaved Boy Scouts decked out in their uniforms. The meeting included an official goodbye to outgoing council member Brian Haughey, the ceremonial swearing in of newly appointed council member Ray Stephens, and an important presentation by the PM Group regarding who and what they can bring to the new Spellman Amphitheater
The Forney Parks and Recreation Department has a problem, but it's the kind of problem that comes from something good happening in Forney, the Spellman Amphitheater. Parks and Recreation is excited about the amphitheater build being completed
, but they need a special events coordinator to help direct all the future events and concerts that will take place at Spellman.
The Kaufman County Children’s Advocacy Center (KCCAC) is having a fundraising concert, Hope for Little Hearts, on June 23, 2012 from 5-10PM. This will be the very FIRST event at the newly constructed Mick Spellman Amphitheater at the Forney Community Park.
Forney's Mick Spellman Amphitheater is still under construction and the anticipated opening day at the end of May is not going to happen. The goal now is to have the amphitheater open by June 16, 2012. The theater, located inside Forney Community Park
, has been under construction for months and is rightfully viewed as a crown jewel for Forney.
If passed, the Entertainment Overlay District would allow for the sale and consumption of alcohol in the soon to be completed Mick Spellman Amphitheater.
This issue was presented to the Planning and Zoning Commission Thursday night, May 10th.