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Annual Thanksgiving party might not happen

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Updated: 8/24/2013 8:09 pm
NEPTUNE BEACH, Fla.-- Thirty years of Thanksgiving tradition could be halted by one letter from the Neptune Beach Police. The department has requested Pete's Bar heighten security for its growing Thanksgiving Day celebration, a request that would cost the small business upward of $7,000.

Pete's owner Nancy Jensen says it's too much for the bar to handle on its own.

"We're a victim of our success, and it has just grown beyond anything we can handle on our own," she said.

Jensen says it's time for other Neptune Beach businesses who have gotten involved in the celebration and the city to take on some of the responsibility. Until then she says the party is over. Pete's won't reapply for its annual permit.

"It had started out as our party, but it's become everyone's party and we don't feel comfortable being the ones putting it on," she said.

Action News took her concerns to Neptune Beach Mayor Harriet Pruette.

"It's not the city's responsibility. It is a locally-run entity," she said.

Pruette says it's time for other businesses that reap the benefits of Pete's party to take on more responsibility for security. Fortunately, time is on Neptune Beach's side. Pete's, the city and other local businesses have time to come up with a solution.
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