SnowGlobe 2018 sees fewer arrests, medical incidents; alcohol citations up in South Lake Tahoe |

SnowGlobe 2018 sees fewer arrests, medical incidents; alcohol citations up in South Lake Tahoe

Day three of SnowGlobe concluded Monday, Dec. 31, at midnight.
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With SnowGlobe 2018 in the books, the city is touting it as the “most successful ever.”

As evidence, the city points to decreased numbers for arrests and medical visits. At the same time, citations from the California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control were up this year, a fact attributed to increased enforcement.

The three-day electronic music festival concluded Monday at the calendar turned to 2019. An estimated 20,000 people attended the festival each day, according to the city.

Overall, there were nine arrests made during the entire festival, a significant decrease from the 47 arrests made in 2017. South Lake Tahoe police reportedly called the 2018 festival — the eighth hosted in South Lake Tahoe — the best from a violation and enforcement standpoint. No significant issues or problems were reported.

SnowGlobe’s medical services crew, RockMed, treated a total of 68 patients during the festival, according to the city. That is a steep decrease from the 170 patients seen by medical staff in 2017.

There were a total of 222 ABC citations this year, which was up from last year.

With this being the final year under contact, both event organizers and the city stepped up efforts to try to reduce negative impacts from the festival, particularly sound and trash.

Both the city and SnowGlobe conducted continuous sound monitoring at the perimeter of the event venue. Per the city, recorded sound levels generally fell in the 70-85 decibel range, which is within the amount allowed under contract.

“I could not have been more pleased with the cooperation and teamwork from everyone involved in SnowGlobe,” City Manager Frank Rush said in a press release. “It took a village to make this event successful this year, and although there are always improvements to be made, this year’s success speaks volumes about the effectiveness of planning and communication.”

“We want to thank the SnowGlobe attendees for enjoying South Lake Tahoe,” Rush added. “We also want to say thank you again to our residents for their patience and understanding during this significant special event.”

As for the future of the event in South Lake Tahoe, that remains an open question.

SnowGlobe founder Chad Donnelly has said in the past that the festival would need a long-term contract in order to make permanent investments in sound mitigation and other improvements.

That was before MTV purchased the festival earlier this year, a move that, in theory, would make the festival, now with greater exposure, a more desirable event.

If MTV decides it wants to bring the event back to South Lake Tahoe, a contract would need to be approved by City Council. During the election season, council’s three newest members said this year would be a make-or-break year for the event.

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