VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) - There's a wait-and-see mentality at the Virginia Beach Oceanfront this weekend. This mindset comes after a flyer surfaced, promoting another college beach weekend event.
"I've heard it may not be happening, but it's hard to tell because we didn't know it was happening last time until it happened," said local business owner Rick Kowalewitch.
The time for the rumored, second college beach weekend has arrived, and there is a sense of doubt in the air. Rumors of another college beach weekend have floated around for weeks and no one is sure what will happen.
"I think everybody's concerned anytime you put that stuff out then everybody panics and says 'oh gosh' what next," added business owner Nancy Rodio.
The memories of the weekend in April are still fresh. That's when crowds overwhelmed the beach police officers. 150 arrests were made.
"After I was hit and turned to go down, all I can see was the five of them (girls) coming after me," Rodio said. "Yeah, that's pretty scary."
Rodio owns the Upper Deck Restaurant. She was attacked during that weekend in April. This weekend she's making sure it doesn't happen again.
"We personally have hired a security guard," Rodio added. "We have a security guard and we have a key. If it gets to bad we'll lock the door."
Kowalewitch, owner of RK's Surf Shop had a front row seat during that weekend. He hopes this time beach police will staff more officers.
"That's my concern, if they know it's coming and if it's coming, do they have enough police officers?" he asked.
Even the police chief admitted his department was not prepared the first go around. This time WAVY.com was told they are. Extra staff will work all weekend, and more are ready to be brought in if crowds get out of hand. Police won't say how many extra officers are working, citing security reasons.
"I think there is a certain amount of people that won't come, because they've heard of it and they don't want to get in the mess," Rodio said.
Others oceanfront business owners are hoping Rodio is correct.
A company has been hired to complete the repairs to the Herbert C. Bonner Bridge on the Outer Banks, but how long those repairs will take remains unknown.
Drivers traveling between Hatteras Island and the mainland were forced to use an emergency ferry Wednesday, following the sudden closure of the Bonner Bridge Tuesday.
State officials say construction on a new Bonner Bridge has been delayed for years because of a legal battle with an environmental group.