|Promoter hopes to
have Senoia Raceway rocking
By JOHN THOMPSON
Sean Owen wants to do is stage a music festival
and raise some money for Habitat for Humanity.
as the Tyrone resident is quickly learning,
nothing comes easy when trying to interpret the
complex rules of local government.
plans to stage The Southern Fried Music Fest at
the Senoia Raceway, just outside the city on Ga.
festival features a mix of country, rock and
blues music, along with Southern food and
exhibits from local businesses.
from the event will go to Habitat for Humanity
and Owen is hoping to raise $100,000, which could
build three or four homes for needy families. The
Citizen Review is a sponsor of the event,
providing free advertising.
as owen tried to get permission from the Coweta
County Commission, he encountered one road block
tried to do it at the Coweta County Fairgrounds,
but the commission told me no. Now that I'm all
set up at the race track, they're threatening me
with an injunction, he said.
has talked to Coweta County administrator Theron
Gay several times about the festival and said Gay
has told him the festival does not conform with
the county's zoning.
been working at this since February and this
could bring thousands of dollars of tax revenue
into the county, he said.
said he would be willing to work with the county
on reaching a compromise, but said, I
honestly don't know what the problem is.
the festival less than a month away, Owen has
already invested heavily in promotions and hopes
a solution can be worked out.
don't have any grounds to shut it down, he
Gay believes the county does.
zoning for the racetrack allows special
recreational events, but our opinion is this is a
money making effort for the promoter. We don't
have anything against Habitat for Humanity, but
it just doesn't meet the county's zoning
standards, he said.
attorney Mitch Powell said county officials are
trying to work with Owen, but the sticking point
remains the zoning.
haven't filed an injunction yet, but we will if
we have to. That type of event is not allowed at
the raceway, he said.
his part, Owen is hoping everything can be
addressed quickly so he can refocus his efforts
on promoting the concert.
don't want any ill will. I've addressed all their
concerns. I just want to stage the show, he