Oceanfront residents anticipate weekend crowds

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) — Virginia Beach Oceanfront residents haven’t forgotten last year’s College Beach Week, and they don’t want to see it again.

“I’m hoping it is not like last year, but I’m really not sure,” said resident Pam Purdy.

Just blocks from the sand, Oceanfront residents are used to sharing the boardwalk with thousands of visitors, but not the chaos they saw one weekend last year.

“I was coming down Pacific Avenue and it was just crazy,” Purdy added. “When I got to about 9th and 10th Streets I knew something was going on.”

The images of last year’s College Beach Week are still etched in the minds of many.

“It was very dangerous and unexpected,” said resident Beth Cunningham. “It was unexpected for the locals and unexpected for the police.”

This year, the event isn’t sneaking up on anyone. Virginia Beach Police are ready to have all 800 plus officers down at the Oceanfront, if needed. Police are also prepared to redirect traffic going to the resort area.

“It’s mentality of the mob,” added resident Shawn O’Keefe.

O’Keefe just moved to the beach. He, like so many, is hoping the hype doesn’t happen.

“It is not going to interrupt me,” O’Keefe said. “I’m still going to go to the beach, do my thing at work and go out and get a drink, if I need to.”

Other residents just plan to stay way from the boardwalk.

“I’m not trying to anticipate, I’m trying to stay smart and to stay away from Pacific and Atlantic,” Purdy said. “I’m just hoping for the best.”

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