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City of Charlotte plans for Food Lion Speed Street

Friday, May 03, 2013

Contact: Kim McMillan, Corporate Communications & Marketing
704-336-2643 or

Brian Cunningham, CMPD
704-336-4098 or
City Manager Ron Carlee has declared the 2013 Food Lion Speed Street 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, as well as to protect the civil rights of those who wish to protest at some of these events, the ordinance provides for significant public safety resources to be expended during events. The ordinance allows law enforcement to identify risks or the intent of individuals to do harm at a large scale event of national or international significance.
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 certain items that are prohibited from being brought into certain boundaries of the event.   
The City of Charlotte will host a media briefing on Thursday, May 9 at 10:30 a.m. at the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Government Center to provide information on public safety, street closures, parking, transit and other updates on City services.
Click here to see the signed ordinance and a map of the event footprint (PDF).