The Bureau of Land Management in the US has rescinded a request it had earlier made for VIP accommodations during the Burning Man festival & has granted the permit required to hold this event in the Black Rock Desert in Nevada on the 30th of August.
The agency announced on Friday that it had scrapped this request for organizers of the festival to build a Blue Pit Compound which costs $ 1 million. The living quarters on-site for BLM law enforcement as well as officials from Washington D.C. may have included hot water, flushing toilets, vanity mirrors, couches, refrigerators, laundry washers & dryers, air conditioning, etc.
initial request from BLM officials were to include a 24 hour ice cream access as well as Choco Tacos. The director of the BLM has called a few of these requests outlandish & lavish.
As per the fresh agreement, BLM staffers are going to use the same caterer that Burning Man organizers are using and they will be staying in a town called Gerlach just like they did in the past. BLM will, however, have a command center on-site for officials to coordinate security, safety & environmental efforts.
The CEO of Burning Man, Marian Goodell said that they had made a lot of progress in the last 6 weeks to mutually agree on solutions which met the needs of BLM while still ensuring the safety and health of the people supporting & participating in the event.
The permit which was issued on Friday allowed the organizers of this event to start the construction of Black Rock City right away. This is the temporary community which always springs up for this annual, weeklong counterculture & arts festival. It even maximizes the size of this 9 day event to 70000 attendees.
Burning Man has been help since 1990 in Nevada. It is the name of the large effigy which is burnt during the event. The special recreation permit which it takes from the BLM is the largest in the country.