Officials Relent, Grant Permit for Concert in Meteorite Crater
The Environmental Board has decided after all to grant the go-ahead for an August 17 concert on the slopes of Estonia's best-known meteorite crater, a popular attraction on the island of Saaremaa.
The Environmental Board had withheld permission for the concert at the Kaali site, citing concerns that vulnerable species might be trampled, Saarte Hääl reported earlier this month.
Permission must be requested to hold events with more than 50 people on sites in the same environmental protection category as Kaali.
The director of the Environmental Board's western Estonia and islands department, Kaja Lotman, said the reason for the denial - after promoters had already announced the concert - was insufficient explanations in the original application. The new application meets the requirements for audience size and mobility during the concert, the Environmental Board reported.
The authority had said that overflow crowds were absolutely out of the question, and people should not be allowed to move around along the sides of the crater during the concert.
Last year saw concerts by troubadour Jaan Tätte at the same location.
The organizer's representative, Alver Sagur, had told the daily that the newspaper itself was partially responsible for having the permission turned down because it had written about the event and raised the controversy in the first place.