After a 12 year hiatus, the Cole Brothers Circus is returning to Bristol next month.
City councilors voted 4-2 on Tuesday to approve a deal that will bring the Florida-based big top circus back to Bristol.
Though two councilors, Henri Martin and Derek Czenczelewski voted against the proposal, a majority of councilors said they believe many families in town will take advantage of the chance to see a long-running circus beneath the big top on the former downtown mall property.
“I’m looking forward to taking my son to the circus,” said city Councilor Ken Cockayne.
The critics said they are concerned about allegations the circus mistreats its animals.
Czenczelewski said the circus has allowed wild animals to escape in the past.
He said that if tigers were to break out downtown and attack someone “it would forever taint that site” where the city has placed so much of its revitalization hopes. Click here for full story.