Bash on the Bay Under Tight Security
Security will be very tight for the Thursday's Bash on the Bay with Kid Rock as the headliner. This will be the largest event in the history of South Bass Island and Put-in-Bay with up to 17-thousand people expected. Just getting visitors over to the Island on the Jet Express and Miller Ferry will be quite a feat, not to mention law enforcement and private security. Captain Zach Bowing from the Ottawa County Sheriff's Office is in charge of security operations for the event, which has grown by almost 10-thousand people from last year. There will be extra sheriff's deputies from around the state along with a command center from Franklin County. "There's a lot of moving parts. There's fire, EMS, there's law enforcement, there's private security companies that come in and work the concert as well," says Bowling. There will also be mounted patrols and k-9 units transported to the island for the event as well. "The horse units are up high and they can see into the crowds and see what they're getting into and they move people probably better than any other way."
In all nearly 500 people will be transported to the island to work the event which includes law enforcement. All of the lodging and camping sites have been booked and sold out for months, along with dockage sites. Organizers have put out a list of items that will not be allowed into the event. They are telling concert goers that security will be following the NFL's bag policy and only allowing small colored bags and clear large bags. You will also be prohibited from bringing in coolers, blankets, weapons, large signs, laser pointers, and umbrellas. The concert kicks off at 3 pm and lasts until after 11 pm. Put-in-Bay Taxis and buses will be picking up and dropping people off at the docks and concert location which is at the airport. And the Miller Ferry and Jet Express will be running late into the evening to transport people back to the mainland.