Oceanfront business owners concerned about tourist season

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by Arrianee LeBeau, 13News

WVEC.com

Posted on April 29, 2013 at 4:12 PM

Updated Monday, Apr 29 at 6:02 PM

VIRGINIA BEACH--Violence this past weekend at the Oceanfront has some businesses concerned about the upcoming tourist season.

The owner of Kitchen Candy said she had to close her business two hours early due to the unruly crowd on Saturday.

Robin Kellam said many of her regular customers didn't show up following the violent incident either.

Now, she's fearful that many people won't visit the area during this upcoming tourist season.

Kellam and many other businesses at the Oceanfront depend on the three to four months in the summer to keep their businesses afloat.

James Ricketts is with Virginia Beach Convention and Visitors Bureau and said out of the 50 calls they received following the violence, half expressed disinterest in visiting the area.

However, Ricketts said he's not concerned with the upcoming tourist season being affected because many people view it as an isolated event.

Ricketts and other business owners believe more police presence would possibly help to prevent such events in the future.

He's counting on a thorough police investigation to ensure people's safety in the future.

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