Fate of famous Freeport festival up in the air

FREEPORT - Freeport's yearly Nautical Mile Festival is one of Long Island's most popular traditions, but this year, the show may not go on at all. Local residents and business owners say what was once a festival about family fun has degenerated into an out-of-control bar crawl dominated by rowdy college students. They say the waterfront district is littered with bottles and vomit after the festivities wrap up. Town officials agree, and say that in recent years, extra police presence at the festival has cost Freeport taxpayers hundreds of thousands of dollars. Freeport Mayor Andrew Hardwick says instead of canceling the festivities, the town may push it back until autumn. This way, he says, college students will be back at school and the festival can return to its family roots. There's no official word yet on when it will take place.

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