VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) — Thousands of people are calling for the end of College Beach Weekend in Virginia Beach, following a violent weekend in the resort city.
Police responded to a shooting on 18th Street late Saturday night that left four people injured. Three of the four people shot were taken to the hospital with injuries described as non life-threatening.
Virginia Beach spokesperson Linda Kuehn told 10 On Your Side another person showed up at a local hospital with a stab wound around 10 p.m. Saturday. This person claimed they were stabbed at the Oceanfront.
A petition on Change.org, addressed to the City of Virginia Beach, says College Beach Weekend is “not worth the cost — both monetarily and physically.”
There have been multiple instances through the years showing the danger of this event. The cost of property damage and law enforcement costs (for overtime and sheer number of officers that need to work) is too high compared to how much week make off this event. This is also supposed to be a family oriented beach, but this event is far from kid friendly.
The petition was started by Jazmine Stotsky.
“Everyone is afraid to go to the Oceanfront. Nobody really wants to go down there,” she said. “It seems like a lot of drama and a lot of hassle for very little money.”
It has gathered more than 10,000 signatures, but what can it accomplish? 10 On Your Side took that question to city Councilman Jim Wood.
“I don’t know what the city can do to prohibit a group of people from coming to the Oceanfront,” he said.
Stotsky said it’s about starting the discussion on finding other ways to prevent this event from getting out of hand.
“We want a message to say this is not what Virginia Beach is about, this is not what we want,” she said. “This is a tourism area. We wanna bring people in. This will push them out.”