Ridgeland aldermen denied a special event permit request for Crescent City Amusement to host an annual carnival in Northpark’s southernmost parking lot.

The item started on the consent agenda but was removed at Alderman-at-Large D.I. Smith’s request.

The board unanimously voted to deny the request after some discussion.

Smith started by saying that he had “concerns” and had for years. Smith wondered if it was the wisest use of the space considering the money Pacific Retail, the owners of Northpark, had put into refinishing the parking lot.

“I am just not sure it is the place for this event anymore,” Smith said.

Mayor Gene McGee echoed his sentiments.

“I feel that way too,” McGee said.

Police Chief John Neal said that this event would likely require more police officers than previously thought.

The permit request said that organizers expected between 300 and 350 attendees. The event was requesting to operate from Friday, Sept. 20 to the following Sunday.

The permit said organizers intended to operate until 11 p.m. all three nights.

Neal said that the request was submitted “at the eleventh hour.” He added that he had his concerns. Specifically, he said that most of the food trucks advertised for the event do not currently hold, nor have they reached out to contact the city for a permit.

“We know we will have to address that problem right there,” Neal said. “In my professional opinion, the event is an invitation for potential trouble.”

City officials were not sure when the event started, but noted that the event has generated community complaints in the past, including noise complaints.

Permit requests accepted included:

 •    A special event permit for the Renaissance Euro Fest.

•    A special event permit for the Ridgeland High School Home Coming Parade.

•    A special event permit for the Madison County Chamber’s Dragon boat Regatta.