Newspaper article Sarasota Herald Tribune

Monday Likely Decision Day for Motorcycle Fest

Newspaper article Sarasota Herald Tribune

Monday Likely Decision Day for Motorcycle Fest

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SARASOTA

SARASOTA -- The future of Thunder by the Bay is expected to be decided at the City Commission's meeting Monday night.

City leaders and downtown merchants have been sharply divided over whether to allow the annual motorcycle rally to return to its usual location around lower Main Street next year amid scattered criticism that this year's event negatively impacted businesses in the area.

Now city commissioners will consider whether to allow any major special events downtown during the busy tourist season, possibly forcing the festival to hunt for a new location in time for next January. Commissioners will have to mull either during what months to eliminate downtown events or how to gauge whether downtown merchants are willing to participate, Deputy City Manager Marlon Brown said. …

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