What went well, what didn’t during College Beach Weekend

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VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY)- Virginia Beach city leaders released findings Monday of how College Beach Weekend went this spring. Council members Robert Dyer Shannon Kane held a discussion at the Virginia Beach Convention Center after the event, which draws thousands of college-age students to the beach.  

Among their successes, city leaders cite communication. They said business owners, neighbors, and visitors had the information they needed to know what to expect.  Items for improvement include negative messages sent to students through social media and needing a better way to inform people of safety concerns or other important messages.  

Traffic moved as well as possible given the number of people visiting due to coordinated efforts with police and coordinating rideshare services.  Organizers said they need better relationships with media outlets and were concerned about businesses closing during CBW.  Observers suggested adding more snacks, restrooms, lighting, food options, and working with business owners to help them embrace the event.  Some visitors felt they had to pay higher prices for everything due to the event.

The the future, more restrictions may be in place on parking and loitering after 10:00 p.m.  

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