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Camilla block party restrictions stir complaints

resident Willie Brown resident Willie Brown
Bennett Adams, Camilla City Manager Bennett Adams, Camilla City Manager

The party's grown so much that the city is stepping in to make sure attendees are safe. Goodson Road is one of the main streets where the annual block party is held. Police say this area is usually jammed packed with people.  

Nearly four thousand people were at last year's block party in Camilla.     

"Because of the size of the group that attended last year, we became concerned about some public safety issues," said Bennett Adams, Camilla City Manager.   Adams sent 69 letters to residents April 2, notifying them of travel restrictions for the upcoming block party. He says the block party has outgrown the City of Camilla.  

"Cars were parked throughout the neighborhood and on Goodson Road. And they were parked in such a manner emergency vehicles could not get through," said Adams.  

Law officers will setup three checkpoints at entrances leading to the block party, checking ID and turning around people who don't live in the neighborhood.   "It's a lot of people that live out here that have different addresses on their ID," said resident Willie Brown.  

Residents believe everyone should be allowed inside.   "Children, grand children, and they're not going to be allowed to come in, unless they are with someone with an ID," said Brown.  

Bennett says for a city of 5,000 people, most of the people at the party were not from Camilla.   "Last year one of our officers talked to a car load of five men who came down from Atlanta. Five young men. Never been to Camilla.  They read about the block party on Facebook," says Bennett.  

The city says it takes every law enforcement officer in Camilla and Mitchell county to keep the block party under control.     

Camilla police have requested the assistance of Moultrie Police, the Albany Police Department and Georgia State Patrol.


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