Daytona Beach Contemplating Banning Temporary Vendors On Main Street

An article published on February 11, 2011 in the Daytona Beach News Journal states that City Commissioner Pam Woods is suggesting to the city’s elected officials ” to outlaw the outdoor salespeople to return the tavern-dominated Main Street to the days when it included a mix of businesses and drew people 365 days a year.”

Her reasoning: the entertainment zone the city wants to create in the core tourist area is never going to take off if Main Street remains a corridor mainly lined with bars and shops that sit empty most of the year until they are occupied just for Bike Week and Biketoberfest. Beachside and A1A merchants support her saying it could rejuvenate local businesses. Of course, Main Street property owners say it would destroy a longstanding and profitable tradition and would raise many legal issues by penalizing only one part of the city. The full article after the jump to Daytona News Journal. (thanks Rogue)

26 Responses to “Daytona Beach Contemplating Banning Temporary Vendors On Main Street”

  1. 1 fuji Feb 15th, 2011 at 6:02 pm

    This has nothing to do about bike week vendors but more about the city’s inability to contribute to the city’s welfare for the balance of the year.

    Why was destination Daytona born, for the simple fact that one cannot work with the city officials. If it were not for Daytona speedway this city would smother to death in their own inability’s.

    Daytona has many attractions and a great beach, How many city’s would love to have what Daytona can offer.

    More than likely some one who lives there will say, What does Daytona have to offer ? Sad if they do.

  2. 2 colemanfu Feb 15th, 2011 at 7:51 pm

    We are talking about empty lot owners who can make more renting to vendors than if they dvbelope a biz on the lot – a biz that is open year round. And the city wants stuff there all year to help vitalize the core district. I just don’t seeing anone buying a lot, building a building and opening a biz? It’s biz owners vs empty lot owners.

  3. 3 Bert Feb 15th, 2011 at 9:07 pm

    Just another example of the city trying to kill the goose that lays the golden egg.

  4. 4 Cochise Feb 16th, 2011 at 7:25 am

    I think the number of outside vendors should be limited.

    Biker Design T-Shirts which set up at 20 or 20 locations, has ripped off Becker Designs (a local business AKA Daytona Thunderwear)………and they set up right across the street from them. We have plenty of local T-shirt vendors here that can supply our guest.

    Willie at Tropical Tattoo has to watch each year as a other tattooist set up all around his business. A business that pays taxes here 12 months out of the year, that survives on tourist, and then after suffering through the hard times of the winter months, he sees other businesses allow tattoo people set up in their parking lots.

    I for one believe we should give the businesses here an opportunity to make a little more jingle, and limit the outside vendors.

    As far as the city goes, past performances have proven they are still in the dark… clue what this area needs.

    Just my $0.2…………………and I’m not going to argue with anyone about it. Thanks.

  5. 5 Rick Lossner Feb 16th, 2011 at 8:12 am

    @chochise Well Said! Have to admit…. one thing that irritates me .. at every large rally it seems, some of these vendors open a dozen plus spots… Every corner, you see the same T-Shirts, etc, etc,

    Limiting the vendors, or multiple locations would definitely help, and help the locals a notch have a chance. One would hope the locals would figure out some creative advertisement or something along that line to differentiate themselves from the 2 week temp vendors…

  6. 6 Steve 'brewdude' Garn Feb 16th, 2011 at 8:56 am

    The sad thing is if you limit the number of vendors the prices will go up for the ones allowed. This will keep the small guys out because of the added expense and the BIG t-shirt vendors will monopolize the area. Let’s face it, Daytona has been going downhill in attendance and now that vintage races will not me there in March it will keep more away. The attitude from the law enforcement during that week also keeps more away. After saying this, it is probably better for the industry in the long run. Smaller rallies and events will prosper more helping the local biz and smaller guys out. BMR, The Smoke Out, Michigan Chopperfest, Barber Vintage Race Days, Mid Ohio and all the local events will all see more traffic. Daytona is just one step away from being the Next Myrtle Beach fiasco.

  7. 7 bodine ahrens Feb 16th, 2011 at 9:49 am

    boycot the damn place

  8. 8 Mr. Potts Feb 16th, 2011 at 10:17 am

    I think it’s time to tell some of these locations such as Daytona and Mrytle Beach to take a flying leap!
    These places have made millions from bikers and now they act like were a pain in their butt so they start enacting all of these petty rules just to cause the riders problems.
    There has to be some place better that will welcome us (an our money) with open arms!

  9. 9 Jeff Nicklus Feb 16th, 2011 at 11:41 am

    Has anyone been down the streets of Sturgis when it isn’t rally time? If you have you know that there is virtually nothing there except empty space that is only occupied a couple weeks a year …. that is what Daytona is trying to prevent.

    Over & Out,


  10. 10 Klanker Feb 16th, 2011 at 12:11 pm

    This is truly a can of worms. And I think it play out and go away like the choppers did. Back in the 70′ and 80’s there were only a handfull of venders selling Quality merchedise. in most casses home made. In the early 90’s the RUBS ( rich urban bikers) started showing up with pockets full of money. Pretty soon a beer quadrpled in price. Hotels were 39.00 now 350.00 The venders pay so much for the land they rent. $10,000.00 for a 10′ they are forced to buy really cheap made in China or pakastan.
    It use to be there were so few venders I would stop at each one to see what they had. Now I just walk by. But still they come. The only people really making the money are the landlords leasing their sidwalks. .
    My thoughts are to look into the gouging going on. I payed $18.00 for a porkchop on a paper plate that wasn’t any good either. But he probably paid $20.000.00 for the spot. If the gouging stopped. price of food would go down, Quality of Leather jackets would go up and the local landlords would start thinking about utilizing there buildings year round.
    Everyone has grown into a 2 week make all your money. Hotels gouge like made. Notice resturants like IHOP etc. look almost closed thru the winter but there is a line 24 hours a day to get in Bike week and the prices are consistant.
    Bill France put that little town of daytona on the map. Remember he built the Race track way out from the town? Bikers bring in the Money and the landlords take it. And this I have an issue with as well. All the taxes that get generated do not stay in Volusia County. Florida gets it. Now if that money stayed here?????? Hmmmmm.

  11. 11 lumpy Feb 16th, 2011 at 1:09 pm

    Alot of Venders Are Not Even American, I Say Make Them Be Year Around Tax Payers Bring Main Street Back Get Ridd Of The CrackHeads An Rent Part Of The Store Out During Events Lumpy Vintage Bobbers….

  12. 12 just my opinion Feb 16th, 2011 at 2:03 pm

    Jeff is absolutely right. Daytona does need to protect there local businesses so that they don’t end up being a two week town. And the reality is that there are plenty of places left for the vendors to go. Try the speedway, Rossmeyers HD dealership,the cabbage patch, the stretch of road where millers is located and lets not forget beach street and many other spaces I can’t think of right off hand but are availible.

  13. 13 burnout Feb 16th, 2011 at 4:05 pm

    Is that Klanker the Dread Pirate? peace

  14. 14 A 1 CYCLES Feb 16th, 2011 at 6:11 pm


  15. 15 Jeff Nicklus Feb 16th, 2011 at 6:53 pm

    We stopped doing Daytona several years ago and switched over to Thunder Beach in Panama City instead …. much more fun and the city wants us there.

    Over & Out,


  16. 16 Woody Feb 16th, 2011 at 7:53 pm

    Jeff, think it’ll stay that way if it gets bigger? (never been there for the rally, so I don’t have a clue) Most nice things end up being destroyed by the very people that came there to enjoy it-Key West, Hawaii, Hell-most all of KKKalifornia, etc……………

  17. 17 Jeff Nicklus Feb 16th, 2011 at 8:00 pm


    The event is huge now … not the size of Bike Week but still huge. The fall event is larger than Biketoberfest … I do believe.

    This is our 8th year (Spring & Fall) there and so far I haven’t found a Rally Menu one or a big jump in hotel rates for the rally, the cops have been more than tolerant and the beer is always cold …. what else could you ask?

    Over & Out,


  18. 18 Klanker Feb 16th, 2011 at 9:57 pm

    To Burn out.Yes Klanker The Pyrate. IAll I can say is daytona was such a great place before all the RICH people showed up. Hell we use to meet at the KOA in Valdosta Georga for a 3 day naked weekend and leave in packs of a hundred bikes or so on monday morning stretched out as people woke up and kicked there bikes over. As we rode into ormond Beach we were greeted with cheers AND THAT WAS THE RUN TO THE SUN. We partied and the cops watched us with binoculars. Most people just stayed home. It was topless bars and having a good time. And then we left. Did we generate the revenue they do now? Of course not. But it was still bigger then The race fans and the spring Breakers. I remember one Bike week maybe 1980 That I was given 2 free days at a hotel just to stay longer so they would not have to rent the room to college kids that would destroy it. And the room was only 39.00 Once the kiddies showed up the price went up.

    This is NOT BIKE WEEK it’s a fashion Show and I live here and don’t bother going downtown. Sorry to all of you that spend a ton of Money to attend. But that is not what it is about. It is bike week. Not Money week..Even Sturgis has picked up on the Money thing. Me…. I’ll just ride my bike and enjoy life alone if I have to. Ever want to spot a real biker? He’s the one that keeps his mouth shut and sits with another one that observers as well. Hey You all want to ride bikes? Go for it! But we rode Harleys when it wasn’t cool. All of you ruined Bike week.

  19. 19 Fred Feb 17th, 2011 at 9:55 am

    Here’s an idea. How about whoever doesn’t want temporary vendors shoud buy the land and not rent it out? If they can make a year round business work there, go for it. More government is not the answer.

  20. 20 Woody Feb 17th, 2011 at 11:02 am

    Thx Jeff. I was curious since i haven’t been to the area since the ’70s and obviously I’m not familiar with the rally other than a few posts & site maps. Nice country and locations nice & spread out from what I heard.

  21. 21 Manhattan Choppers Feb 17th, 2011 at 4:16 pm

    All this daytona bashing, it still rocks, if you are in the biz (like most here) tons of fun stuff. Party at Chad Chambers,Razorbacks,Mr. Dale at wide open,willies tat,pops with eddie and dave p,white eagle. Tons of stuff, only a douche hangs out on main in the black harley shirt. Just ask Mr. Bean’re if you don’t have a clue.

  22. 22 Hark Feb 21st, 2011 at 2:29 pm

    We shall see big signs saying…BIKERS WECOME. God forbid you walk into a bar with your colors on.

    I stopped doing Main Street years ago. There as so many better places to go to than any of the Main Street locations. Get out of town….the hot spots where you will feel welcome.

    The orange trees are just now starting to bloom…find a grove and fill your noise with the most wonderful aroma to be found anywhere in Florida. It only last for a couple weeks. Best locations are Lake County close by….yep…even Orange County does not have the groves they their name gained fame by….Orange County is nothing but lots of homes and a whole lot of traffic.

    Main Street is for the new bees, the place to pick up a fast ticket.

  23. 23 road rash Feb 21st, 2011 at 2:34 pm

    Daytona needs a wake-up call, maybe we should plan bike week with the Hells Angels, or the Outlaws from around the USA, and as many motorcycle clubs throughout the USA as possible, and visit some of these ungrateful politicians, then lets see who talks shit

  24. 24 road rash Feb 21st, 2011 at 2:37 pm

    Maybe Pam Woods would like to confront the vendors in person and see where it goes… bet she would be late for dinner…

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