Daytona Beach Asks Bikers to Tone it Down

As the Daytona Beach Bike Week is about to get underway, the city is placing signs around town asking bikers to respect the folks who live ...

As the Daytona Beach Bike Week is about to get underway, the city is placing signs around town asking bikers to respect the folks who live there and try to keep things quiet. According to a report published in the Sun Sentinel:
As thousands of Fat Boys, choppers and other growling motorcycles rumble into Daytona Beach for Bike Week, city workers are posting subtle pleas for quiet disguised as greetings for the 500,000 riders expected here.

The blue signs, shaped like houses, feature the slogan: NO "WAKE" ZONE.

The "O" in "ZONE" is a caricature of a face slumbering happily, which, some residents say, can't be done during the 10-day event if you live in a beachside neighborhood.
But the same signs also bear the message, "You're Back, We're Glad," as a way to beg forgiveness from the motorcycle gods.

The Sun Sentinel goes on to report that a 2001 study by the University of Central Florida showed Bike Week and Biketoberfest, the city's weeklong, autumn motorcycle party, pour $744 million into the region's economy. In 2004, the city collected $360,000.00 from rentals, permits, and other fees during Bike Week.

Clearly, the residents of Daytona Beach are benefitting from Bike Week in the form of tax revenues and fees. Without this, residents could be paying more taxes from their own pockets. It's like the old saying, "You can't have your cake and eat it too".

On the other hand, I imagine many residents feel they would prefer to see Bike Week go away and never come back. But then again, you never know just how good things are until you lose it.

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