OCEAN CITY, Md. – Each September, OC Bikefest drives large enterprise into Ocean Metropolis. Now, organizers need to prolong the occasion, making it two weekends lengthy as a substitute of only one. It’s a transfer native companies say they’ll get behind.
Phil Houck, proprietor of Bull on the Seashore and Crab Alley stated, “They spend nicely, they tip nicely. Good bunch of individuals. By no means had any hassle with them. Glad to have them right here for 2 weeks.”
Extending the OC Bikefest may make it coincide with the controversial H2Oi occasion. Companies we spoke to say, that’s not essentially a foul factor, as they are saying the H2Oi crowd usually doesn’t spend a lot whereas on the town.
Houck stated, “If H2Oi hears about that, they could not come so that they’ll most likely change for an additional weekend, however hopefully it retains them out of city. Allow them to go to Virginia Seashore.”
Some Bikefest individuals, nonetheless, aren’t so offered on the thought.
Kim Vallejo, a participant stated, “It’s such as you’re asking for an issue right here.”
Vallejo is fearful that having the occasions coincide wouldn’t cease the H2Oi crowd from coming, and she or he fears fights may begin between the 2 teams.
“You’re all the time going to have these folks on both aspect who’re going to start out one thing,” she stated.
On prime of that, she’s fearful concerning the headache the prolonged occasion may trigger for locals.
“Right here’s one other factor. We’ve received all this steel working round in Ocean Metropolis. What concerning the peeps who reside right here yr spherical? How do they really feel about it? I imply they’re going to have non cease engine noise for 2 weeks,” she stated.
Regardless of the considerations although, organizers imagine extending the occasion to 2 weekends as a substitute of only one may convey an enormous financial profit to the city.
The Ocean Metropolis council is ready to debate the matter at Tuesday’s council assembly.
Proper now, the occasion is ready to happen from September fifteenth by the nineteenth of 2021. OC Bikefest organizers are proposing having the occasion final 10 days as a substitute, and so they’re asking the city for funding to allow them to make the change occur.