Couple Fined $25,000 for Hosting Bethel Phish Camping

Bethel Woods

According to RecordOnline, the town of Bethel is ordering a couple to pay $25,000 in fines for advertising a mass gathering and camping over the same weekend Phish is playing nearby.

From the article:

Howard, who with his wife Abramson defied the town for decades by hosting Woodstock reunions on Max Yasgur’s former homestead […]

He and Abramson recently began selling tickets on Facebook for a party on the same weekend that Phish is holding a three-day festival at Bethel Woods Center for the Arts, the site of the 1969 concert, roughly three miles from Roy and Jeryl’s property. The couple have been hawking tickets for $50 a head for the weekend, mentioning they won’t turn anyone away and have room for 1,300 cars.

Abramson gave an interview on examiner.com. “Seven years ago the town put us through Hell to get a permit and then denied it to us due to our inability to meet their criteria and conditions,” Abramson said. “This year, 7 years later, they basically handed us the permit without a question. Roy and I have Phish to thank for that. It seems we’re back by a combination of necessity on the part of the town, who had to face the fact that Bethel can’t handle this many people without a little help, and popular demand from phans (sic) who remembered us from years ago.”

Supervisor Dan Sturm has drafted a letter to notify the couple that they have violated the consent order. Sturm said the couple do have five temporary camping permits that allows for a handful of tents on each campsite, but do not have permission to host an event like this.

In these weeks leading up to the Memorial Day Weekend tour-opener, it seems that the town of Bethel is on edge–worried about the crowds the concerts are going to bring.

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