‘Slide the City’ postponed following permit denial

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LEHIGH ACRES, Fla. — The Slide the City event, initially advertised for Fort Myers then abruptly changed to Lehigh Acres, has been postponed, event organizers said Thursday.

Instead of disappointing paying customers, organizers said they will hold the event on the Edison Bridge as originally promised. The event will be rescheduled as early as October, according to organizers.

“Due to the feedback from the participants of Fort Myers Slide The City, it is very clear that the location of our event is much more important than continuing with the original date of the event at an alternate location,” organizers said in a written statement.

Organizers have not yet received permits to solidify the new Slide the City, but said Fort Myers officials had “previously expressed support.” They will be unable to secure the Edison Bridge location until construction on an alternate route is completed.

“We appreciate your patience with us in finishing the permitting process. We will announce the new date as soon as possible,” a Slide the City statement said.

It is unclear if Slide the City organizers will be granted permits for a rescheduled event.

Lee County denied a permitting request from organizers who wanted to set up a waterslide at Veterans Community Park in Lehigh Acres after the state rejected their plan for a waterslide on the Edison Bridge in Fort Myers.

The event, which was scheduled for this coming Saturday, “is not consistent with the type of event that would be allowed in one of the county’s community parks,” county spokeswoman Betsy Clayton said.

Events of a large size typically file an application for a special event permit well in advance of selling tickets, Clayton said. Slide the City had already begun selling tickets.

Slide the City originally announced plans to set up a 900-foot waterslide on the Edison Bridge, but the Florida Department of Transportation denied the permitting request for that, saying it was incomplete.

Spencer Hunn, Slide the City’s co-owner, told WINK News that anyone who wants a refund can get one by sending an email through the company’s website. Click here to go to the site’s contact form.

Tickets for the originally scheduled date will be honored at the new event.

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