Staff at the City of Vancouver are losing patience with people organizing massive parties without proper preparations or approvals
“The organizers are responsible and we’re going to do more and more, working with the VPD to ensure that we hold them to account.”
But Deputy city manager Sadhu Johnston adds it can be tough to do that sometimes, because events are often organized and passed along through social media.
He says this also makes these events more unpredictable.
“What might have been a little party on the beach with 100 people can now be a party on the beach with 2,000 people, and you don’t really know the difference until it’s actually happening.”
He says if the group doesn’t have a safety plan, partygoers can be at risk and first responders will have to respond on the taxpayers’ dime.
Full moon parties on Granville Street and Second Beach are just two of many unapproved parties being planned for Vancouver this summer.
The cost to police this year’s unsanctioned, pro-marijuana 4-20 event is estimated at $50,000.