VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) - More than 500 people showed up to Wednesday's town hall-style meeting addressing the weekend violence at the Oceanfront.
The meeting was held at the Virginia Beach Convention Center and organized by Beach Councilman Bill DeSteph.
Police reported several shootings, stabbings, assaults, and larcenies at the Oceanfront last Saturday evening.
"We have the same crowd problem every night during the summer season," one resident told city officials.
"My son's safety is paramount to me and my wife," another resident said. "We enjoy the beach, but we don't want the mayhem going on."
City officials admitted they weren't ready for the large group of young people gathering for bar crawls and a "Beach Weekend" party.
"Hopefully with just a little more police presence, maybe it will keep some of the whether they're locals or out of towners in line a little better" Beach resident Daniel Plott said.
Some residents voiced their concerns about safety at the Oceanfront.
"I don't go down to the beach at night anymore," resident Glenda Fiscus said. "I don't even go running during dusk. I don't feel safe."
The violence is one thing, but what bothers residents like Fiscus was the lasting image a weekend like that will leave.
"It gives us a black eye," Fiscus said.
"The people are here acting the way they do, because they know the city won't do anything about it," another resident told city officials.
Officials tried to explain to the crowd that there are no laws to prevent loitering and profanity.
"They are going to come again," one resident told officials. "What is you plan going to be?"
DeSteph said he plans to talk all the concerns back to city council and start looking for solutions.
WAVY.com obtained one of the 911 calls to the Oceanfront from a 7-Eleven clerk who was trying to maintain calm while dozens flocked to her store.
"We cannot control the crowds down here," the woman said. "We need the police to clear the people out. We have some type of security but that's not even working. We're letting in four people at a time, but people are stealing and getting ignorant. It's just too many people."
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