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Drum circle requests use of park
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TREASURE ISLAND – The rhythmic sound of drums beating may be coming soon to the Treasure Island Park pavilion, next to the Community Center.

City commissioners are considering a proposal by Joel Jadus, owner and founder of Enter the Sun, to use the pavilion up to three times per month on Wednesday afternoons for a small drum circle involving five to 20 participants.

The sessions, which would take place between 2 and 4 p.m., would consist of group drumming therapy using small 14-inch drums. It would be under the supervision of Jadus, who is affiliated with Footprints Beachside Recovery, a Treasure Island organization that helps people with recovery from drug and alcohol addictions.

The concept of drum circles is a sensitive issue for city commissioners who recently established controls on a Sunday night beach drum circle that had previously gotten out of hand. For that reason, the city is approaching the Jadus request cautiously.

“What we do is more of a meditative type of drumming,” said Jadus. “What we would do is use the three picnic tables and form them into a triangle, sit on the picnic tables with the drums between our knees. It’s a slow, heart-beat rhythm. As everyone gets onto the same beat, I have them vocalize making sounds along with the drums. Everybody is in a kind of meditative state.”

He said it gives the participants an opportunity to let go of things that are troubling them. Jadus said there would not be any sound amplification.

Jadus initially was requesting free use of the pavilion but was told he needed to pay $50 per visit and not use the facility more than three times per month. The deal, if approved by commissioners on Aug. 19, would involve a license agreement that could be canceled at any time for any reason.

“I say give it a try and see how it works,” said Commissioner Carol Coward. “If it doesn’t work, if we get complaints, we’re going to not do it any more.”

“We’ll see how it goes,” said Commissioner Alan Bildz. “Our license agreement has a cancelation for any reason. When the neighbors start complaining that the drums are too loud, he’s going to be canceled.”

“Don’t we use the pavilion for music now?” asked Coward.

Recreation Director Cathy Hayduke said yes, on Tuesdays and Fridays when the community center isn’t available.

Commissioner Phil Collins expressed concern over tying up the pavilion on a regular basis when others may want to use it. He asked Jadus if he could reserve the number of times the pavilion would be used 30 days in advance and pay the city the corresponding fee in advance.

Jadus said the fee would be an issue but agreed to check with Footprints to see if it would pay the amount.
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