Beach leaders: City prepared for busy weekend at the Oceanfront


by Eric Kane, 13News Now

Posted on April 24, 2014 at 11:19 PM

Updated Thursday, Apr 24 at 11:19 PM

VIRGINIA BEACH -- Leaders in Virginia Beach say they're ready for what's expected to be a busy weekend at the Oceanfront. 

Mayor Will Sessoms says they're planning for crowds that could reach up to 100,000 people.

"We were not prepared for this event last year. But now that's a totally different story,” Sessoms said. 

Virginia Beach Police Chief Jim Cervera says the department is prepared to take on the crowds. 

"Since Last April we've been planning for this April. College kids are coming,” said Cervera. 

About 80 percent of all hotel rooms along the Oceanfront have already been booked and Mayor Sessoms expects all hotels to be at full capacity this weekend. 

This comes a year after thousands of people descended upon the Oceanfront, whipping up a wave of violence.

"I was here last year, I was right in the middle of it. And we had a lot of fine young people here to enjoy themselves and obey by the law, and enjoy each others company. Regrettably a lot of came that weren't invited to the party," Sessoms said. 

This year, the city has planned for a “fourth of july” sized weekend and have arranged for partial road closures if things get out of hand. 

Chief Cervera says all 800+ Beach police officers will be out in full force this weekend.