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Alternative streets proposed for Rapid City's Summer Nights

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Will Rapid City's Summer Nights be held in the same place this summer? It's a question on everyone's mind, but we still don't have answer. 

Business owners say the problem with Summer Nights in Main Street Square is the negative affect the event has on businesses. Another idea for how the event could continue to bring people to downtown without hurting as many businesses was introduced at Tuesday night's city council meeting.

Tuesday night's meeting was packed with downtown business owners waiting to hear the fate of the event.  Sandy Schwan, event director of Summer Nights, and Dan Senftner, president of Destination Rapid City, called for more time to discuss the matter.

Schwan says she is open to working with people. "I ask that you move this forward to the next city council so that I can take the various options that have come forth back to our board discuss their viability and come back either alternatives or some other options,"  said Schwan. 

"Something I think we really need to think about is that there's give and take in everything, which I know Sandy is looking at today no matter what," said Senftner.  

City Council President, Jerry Wright, says he has another option for the event. He says that it could be moved to Seventh Street, keeping St. Joseph and Main Streets open. "Parking would not be removed off Main and St. Joseph, but Seventh street would be closed and we would kind of be back to where we were, but we kind of use Main Street and Summer Nights as a combined effort to keep the party and keep the life in downtown, said Wright.

This option will be discussed at the next Legal and Finance meeting on the February 26th. 

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