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Judge Decides: HB Party “Wet Electric” Will Happen

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Wet Electric will happen on Huntington State Beach, this Saturday.

 "We're very happy, we're elated that the right outcome came out," said Steve Thacher, President of Premiere Media Group, the promoter of Wet Electric.

The music festival, which is what the promoter calls it, will have live music performances, a zip line, inflatable water slides, even booze sold right on the sand.  Those are just a few of the reasons the city of Huntington Beach sued to stop Wet Electric.

 "The genuine concern is what they're going to do when they leave. They're going to be at an event where alcohol is freely served from 12-9pm," said Huntington Beach City Attorney Jennifer McGrath.

The city took its concerns to court a day before set up for the event was to start.  But a judge quickly decided, the stretch of coast belongs to the state and the city has no jurisdiction.

Even after the ruling the city questions whether the state put money over safety?   Premiere Media Group paid the state $90,000 in fees for rent, permits and security for Wet Electric.

"When you look at the overall cost of what this event is costing, the money of the revenue is minimal," said Brian Ketterer, superintendent with OC State Parks. 

The promoter says, what it's really about is the riot following to US Open of Surfing.  Thacher says Wet Electric was unfairly targeted because of that.  "his event has been in the planning process for months and moths and we never got any notice that there were any issues until after the riot broke out at the US.. Open," said Thacher.

Wet electric will likely draw up to 10,000 people.  In the hearing the judge said the city of Huntington Beach has similar events, or larger ones, all the time.

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