Guadalupe County turns down Float Fest permit

The Guadalupe County Commissioners Court declined to issue a mass gathering permit to Float Fest, an outdoor music festival at Cool River Ranch in Martindale that began in 2014 and was scheduled to occur in July 2017.

Festival organizer Marcus Federman said the past events have been successful. During the 2016 festival one arrest was made at Cool River Ranch for public intoxication. A vehicle blocked a gate at the entrance to the festival, causing traffic in the area, but festival crews worked to remedy the situation quickly, Federman said.

“We had another successful safe event. … Everything from our end went as planned,” he said.

Commissioners cited concerns over public safety, traffic and the festival’s effect on the San Marcos River near the festival, which has been held at Cool River Ranch, 601 Dupuy Ranch Road, Martindale.

Commissioner Jack Shanafelt said he started getting calls at 7 a.m. from residents near Cool River Ranch who said they could not leave their subdivisions because of the event.

“I’m not so sure you can assure the safety of our folks on our little county road,” he said. “We had to call our own on-duty officers out there to do a little traffic control. That’s an expense of the county.”

Federman said Float Fest will take place in 2017 but declined to comment further.

“The event will carry on,” Federman said after the commissioners court meeting. “Nothing is changing. Same spot, same location. Any rumors of the event not happening or the event moving are not true.”