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Addictedtoedm / Louis Blanc

Despite all of the rumors and purple flags, Okeechobeings have been holding onto hope — however, it’s actually unlikely that Okeechobee Music & Arts Festival is coming again subsequent 12 months.

In a November eighth assembly with the Okeechobee County Board Commissioners, the County Administrator Robbie Chartier acknowledged level clean: “It’s fairly secure to say there received’t be a pageant this 12 months.”

As it seems, OMF hasn’t utilized for the required allow to carry a 2019 installment. Although organizers reportedly nonetheless personal the land, a allow is a needed step to lock down the occasion. In different phrases, it’s not wanting good.

The 2018 music pageant drew in 34,000 individuals, with roughly 26,000 paid admissions, in keeping with Lake Okeechobee News. Months after the fest, OMF shared an replace on September 13, which acknowledged, “Hang in there … information coming quickly.”

After an epic three years, Okee would most positively be going out on high. Still, it could be a disgrace, contemplating how a lot music followers like it and the sort tradition the pageant has cultivated. For many, it has develop into extra than simply one other music pageant, however a yearly custom.

It would possibly lastly be time to let go.

Words by Louis Blanc
Music Editor