Much less garbage following 2nd Phish show at Lake Tahoe
July 19, 2018
After trashing the Stateline area following the band's first sold out show Tuesday, Phish fans left behind much less trash following the second show Wednesday.
"It was much better," Lt. Shannon Laney with the South Lake Tahoe Police Department told the Tribune.
Photos posted by the police department Wednesday morning showed streets and lots on the California side of the state line littered with trash, including beer cans and empty balloons used for inhaling nitrous oxide, or whippets as they're commonly known.
While it is common to see some trash after the summer concert shows at Harveys Lake Tahoe, Laney said the trash after the first Phish show was far greater than the typical concert.
The photos posted on Twitter by the department sparked a response from the band's official Twitter account, which called on fans to respect the area.
On Thursday morning the area was much cleaner.
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Laney attributed the improvement to the absence of illegal vendors who travel with the band and set up camp outside venues. Those vendors were out in large numbers for the first show, which led police to issue citations.
For the second show, Laney said no citations were issued by the South Lake Tahoe police because there were no vendors set up on the California side, and only a few were visible on the Nevada side, which is out of the South Lake PD's jurisdiction.
"I had heard they had moved on," Laney said of the vendors.
Police blocked off one of the intersections that was a problem area during the first concert.
Should the band return in the future, Laney said they will likely try to be more proactive in mitigating the trash issues. That could include setting up trash cans and asking Harveys for help in bringing in more dumpsters for the show.
The City will be working hard to cleanup the aftermath of the @phish concert. There is another Phish concert tonight. @phish Please help spread the word to your following to help protect our National Treasure and respect our residents/visitors. We will be out issuing citations. pic.twitter.com/q31IPMuCJB
— South Lake Tahoe PD (@SLakeTahoePD) July 18, 2018
These folks are welcoming us into their community and putting up with the inconvenience that this can cause – please show your thanks by respecting their space. Thanks for your understanding and see you on tour!
— Phish (@phish) July 18, 2018
As summer tour gets underway, please remember to respect the communities and venues that host us all by cleaning up after yourselves and others. Use proper receptacles for garbage and recycling. Please be considerate and appreciative to local residents and businesses.
— Phish (@phish) July 18, 2018
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