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Gibsonville to consider permanent weekend social district


Gibsonville’s town council, which established an “event-based” social district in April, is apparently ready to consider expanding the idea so that the social district can be implemented every Thursday, Friday, and Saturday – without regard to whether there’s a special downtown event.

The new proposal would establish a so-called “permanent social district” with hours of 4:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. on Thursdays and Fridays and 12:00 noon to 10:00 p.m. on Saturdays.

The board set a public hearing for its July 15 meeting (after cancelling its first meeting of the month, otherwise scheduled for July 1).

Town manager Ben Baxley said that the town board had received and approved requests for: April 11 (Gibsonville Girls Night); June 1 and 15 for “Groovin’ on the Green” concerts; and June 19 (Juneteenth Celebration).  The board has already approved additional concerns for July 6, August 3, and September 14.

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Irene Fanelli, a member of the board, explained that the individual approvals are “going to be unwieldy,” pointing out that other towns are having their social districts “on a standing basis.”

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