Guy Burnette cruised to Atlantic Beach Bikefest with his 2014 Polaris Slingshot hoping to get some new ideas on how to spruce up his gleaming red three-wheel motorcycle from the venders that flock to the annual rally.
This year, he’s disappointed.
“There used to be vendors everywhere, they’re just not coming like they used to,” said Burnette, who’s been making the pilgrimage for eight years.
Dozens of vendors lined the Atlantic Street selling pineapple drinks, seafood, leather jackets, make-up and T-shirts.
However, numerous signs dotted empty lawns advertising vendor space for rent.
Referring to the 23-mile traffic loop that took effect at 10 p.m. and runs through 2 a.m., Burnette said, “It’s like they’re trying to dissuade people from coming.”
He and other attendees questioned why the loop was only in effect for Black Bike Week, and not for Harley week the proceeding week.
Burnette said he hopes to avoid the traffic nightmare. The only cruising he plans to do Friday night, is back to his hotel room.
“It’s just too much of a hassle,” Burnette said.