FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, February 21, 2014Contacts
Kim McMillan, Corporate Communications & Marketing
Brian Cunningham, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department
City Manager Ron Carlee has declared the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) basketball tournament an Extraordinary Event based on Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department’s determination that this event meets the criteria as defined in City Ordinance No. 4814. Charlotte City Council adopted the ordinance January 23, 2012, which authorized the City Manager to make declarations of Extraordinary Events.
An Extraordinary Event is defined as a large scale event of national or international significance and/or an event expected to attract a significant number of people to a certain portion of the city. In order to provide a safe and secure environment, the ordinance provides for significant public safety resources to be expended during events. The ordinance also allows law enforcement to identify risks or the intent of individuals to do harm at a large scale event.
The ordinance does not affect the normal way of life for our citizens who are going about their daily activities. The declaration of an Extraordinary Event allows the City to modify its permitting process for activities such as parades and specifies items that are prohibited from being brought into certain boundaries of the event.
The extraordinary event will begin on Monday, February 24, 2014 at 6:00 a.m. and end on Sunday, March 2, 2014 at 6:00 a.m. The geographical boundaries are West Stonewall Street at Church Street, East to South Davidson Street, then South Davidson Street North to 9th Street; 9th Street West to North Church Street, and then North Church Street Southward back to Stonewall Street.