Daytona Beach, Fla. — For 28 years, motorcycle enthusiasts have come to Daytona Beach in October for Biketoberfest (Oct. 15-18) to enjoy the beautiful Florida fall weather and miles of scenic rides.
This year the weather is expected to be beautiful, the rides will be scenic, and due to COVID-19 some things will be different.
On September 9, city commissioners in Daytona Beach and Ormond Beach, two of the many cities within Volusia County where Biketoberfest activities are held, discussed whether to issue special event permits to merchants for such activities as outdoor concerts and food and merchandise vendors. Permits in Ormond Beach were approved. In Daytona Beach commissioners felt that now was not the right time to approve special use permits.
“Safety is paramount,” said Lori Campbell Baker, executive director of the Daytona Beach Area Convention and Visitors Bureau. “We know these were difficult decisions for the cities and the merchants. We know some riders will still come and we look forward to welcoming them back. For those planning farther ahead, we hope to see them next year at Daytona Bike Week’s 80thAnniversary March 5-14 and at 2021 Biketoberfest October 14-17.”
While the number of vendors may be less at some locations, local businesses—on Main Street, at Destination Daytona, in Midtown, and around Daytona International Speedway—will be open.
“Our hotels, restaurants, attractions, and retail shops are open. Our beautiful, expansive beach is open. For those who decide to travel to our area, we want them to visit responsibly and safely,” said Campbell Baker.
More information can be found on the official event website biketoberfest.org.