Judging by the dissatisfaction of some merchants and residents, it
might appear that the first Laguna Beach Rotary Grand Prix will be
the last. But even if the numbers from the event don't show a
significant profit this year, signs are strong that future events
will be something to look forward to.
With a group of conscientious people on the steering committee,
it's likely the concerns of merchants and residents will be addressed
and the show will go on -- more smoothly and with even more
support. Some will say there's no reason to close off Forest Avenue
ever. But, if done right, businesses should be able to benefit from
early crowds and visitors who will fall in love with the city.
Is there a simple solution for any of the problems? No way. But is
it worth it to work toward solutions in order to keep the Grand Prix
Not only is the event meant to raise money for great causes, teach
children some safety tips and allow businesses to profit from the
race crowds -- and return visits -- there is something else of merit
about the Grand Prix: It's fun.
People will visit the city from all over the country to
participate in a quality race, visitors can roam the streets watching
and feeling the excitement. Children will learn the rules of biking
safely and many will get the chance to race along the same track as
Life is full of normal days and kept routines. How fun to have it
all turned around and get out and wander the streets with the
neighbors, the spectators and the cyclists.