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Company may run Brookhaven amphitheater

The Long Island Philharmonic performs at the Brookhaven

The Long Island Philharmonic performs at the Brookhaven Amphitheater at Bald Hill, which is to be renamed the Pennysaver Amphitheater at Bald Hill. (July 4, 2011) (Credit: Thomas A. Ferrara)

JVC Broadcasting of Ronkonkoma was the only company to respond to Brookhaven’s search for a private vendor to run the town’s amphitheater, according to town officials.

While a search was conducted among more than 30 companies, only JVC submitted a proposal, the merits of which will be the subject of a public hearing at Town Hall at 6:30 p.m. on March 29.

Though JVC was the only bidder, town Supervisor Mark Lesko said he was satisfied with the company’s proposed contract, which a town committee had vetted for fair pricing and vendor responsibility.

“They’re going to make serious investments over five years,” the length of the proposed contract, Lesko said after the town board’s work session Thursday. “We have a pretty high comfort level with JVC.”

The company hosted two concerts at the amphitheater last year. Lesko said promotion of shows at the amphitheater will be easy, given that JVC owns four local radio stations.

The town expects to save more than $200,000 the first year of the contract, with about $134,000 in cost savings and about $67,000 in revenue from ticket and parking fees. After JVC Broadcasting installs updated concession equipment, the town will begin sharing concession revenue as well. JVC has promised to continue the town’s traditional free July Fourth concerts and will pay for the fireworks, town officials said.

Brookhaven, trying to plug a budget deficit, has proposed privatizing many town facilities, including the amphitheater.

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