Weather at Sunfest causes costly cleanup for downtown West Palm Beach waterfront lawn

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. - The rainy weather during SunFest caused a muddy mess that will need lots of work done this week to get it back to normal, organizers said.

Melissa Sullivan is the spokeswoman for Sunfest and she said the lawn in downtown will have to be resodded because of the weather during the music festival.

Monday cleaning crews worked to make sure Flagler Drive was clean and clear so the southbound lane could be reopened.

Event managers said for the first time in a while they'll have to bring in a company to resod the lawn and Palm Beach Post Park.

A few companies are vying for the job, which could cost organizers around $50,000 in total.

Sullivan said the organizers did as much as they could to try and keep the lawn from getting messed up.

"We experienced rain on multiple days," she said. "We put sand, hay and all sorts of things down to try and soak up the water but the water was coming so quickly that the land wasn't absorbing it."

Despite the weather, Sullivan said preliminary numbers are showing that ticket sales may be just as good as they were last year.

She won't know the exact attendance for a few weeks.

Organizers said they also will be bringing in a pressure washing company to clean the sidewalk and the remaining paint from the Life in Color party.


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