Carruthers said he doesn’t see a problem trying the screen change this year. His bigger concern is trash overflowing cans and littering the city’s parks, beaches, and streets.
“We are having a major trash issue with the number of people being invited into our town,” Carruthers said. “We’re benefiting from the festivals, but we are also getting the trash and noise and we have to question how much is too much for our little town.”
Makayla Vitous, interim city manager, said she will meet with Lake to address trash concerns.
Lake said the film festival is different than Cherry Festival because there are fewer people and few venues where people are carrying food away. They also have volunteers who stay late to pick up trash at events and have even emptied city trash cans on Front Street when they began to overflow.
But Lake said she also wants to work with the city to try and get more trash can pickups and will see if the city will “put back the third (trash pick up) they used to have for festivals before budget cuts.”