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Thunder Beach spring rally canceled
News Herald - 3/19/2020
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PANAMA CITY BEACH -- The Thunder Beach spring rally will not take place as scheduled, organizers said, because of concerns over the spread of the COVID-19 virus.
Thunder Beach Productions announced that the 22nd annual Spring Motorcycle Rally, originally planned for April 29-May 3, falls too close on the end of the Panama City Beach City Council's chosen moratorium on outdoor events, which runs through May 1.
During an emergency meeting of the city council on Tuesday, a decision was made to follow directives from Gov. Ron DeSantis and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, pertaining to limiting large-scale events. The city determined there should be no special events held in its jurisdiction through May 1.
Thunder Beach Productions President Joe Biggs said they were looking at every conceivable option before making the decision to cancel or postpone.
"Realizing that the loss of revenue generated by the rally will directly affect the entire community makes the decision even more consequential and difficult," Biggs said.
Thunder Beach produces two rallies in Panama City Beach each year, one in the spring and the other in the autumn. Because the fall rally will go on as planned, promoters suggest that means the spring rally is merely being "postponed" until October.
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"We are not canceling the rally, just postponing it by six months," said Thunder Beach General Manager Chris Anderson. "This would have been our 22nd Spring Rally, and it was gearing up to be our largest one ever."
The scheduled musical guests -- including .38 Special, Foghat and Colt Ford -- were all able to reschedule their performances from the Spring Rally to the Autumn Rally, which will take place Oct. 21-25, Anderson added.
To receive updates on the rally, register online at https://mailchi.mp/thunderbeachproductions/pr
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