Va. Beach to better enforce admissions tax on event promoters

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by Philip Townsend/13 News

WVEC.com

Posted on June 25, 2013 at 5:40 PM

Updated Tuesday, Jun 25 at 9:10 PM

VIRGINIA BEACH -- City Council voted Tuesday evening to strengthen enforcement of its admissions tax on event promoters after recent violence at the oceanfront.

The vote came on the heels of a presentation made earlier in the afternoon by Police Chief Jim Cervera on policing strategy for the oceanfront.

The tax and heightened policing are the result of violence that erupted at the oceanfront after "College Beach Weekend," which brought nearly 40,000 people to the resort strip in late April.

The event resulted in three shootings, three stabbings and 148 arrests, according to police.

Cervera outlined a plan involving increasing security cameras and police staffing, according to a draft of his presentation.

The financial burden could come at a cost to both promoters and patrons via the admissions tax on event promoters.

 "We all admit that we got caught off guard," said Business Owner Nancy Rodio, in reference to the chaotic college weekend at the oceanfront back in April. "I think we do need more enforcement."

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