Daytona Beach Biketoberfest 2012 event cut short

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DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - It's just a few days until Biketoberfest 2012, but WFTV learned the event is only four days long because plans to make it 10 days fell through.

WFTV's Blaine Tolison found out a lot of business owners like the idea of 10 days, but there were enough who said the event takes business away from them.

They're complaining about out-of-town vendors. Some businesses believe that's unfair competition taking money away from Daytona Beach.

The 20th Annual Biketoberfest runs Oct. 18-21, six fewer days during which vendors will be allowed to set up shop in vacant buildings and in parking lots.

Paul Politis, who owns a local clothing store, said that doesn't bother him one bit.

"It brings an unfair competition to basically every beachside and every year-round vendor that's here to cater to the customers," he said.

The Daytona Beach Convention and Visitors Bureau proposed the idea earlier this year. Supporters said expanding Biketobefest to 10 days would have increased bed taxes by at least $1 million. Politis argues the money actually leaves town because of out-of-town vendors.

"All you're doing is basically feeding these guys from out of town an extra six days and taking money away from local people," said Politis.

But most businesses owners will admit most of Main Street is a ghost town outside of Biketoberfest and Bike Week.

"Different people come in and put the money in and try these restaurants, bars and different stores. They don't work. They lose money," said Carl Morrow.

Morrow owns a local motorcycle shop that is open year round. He said Biketoberfest and Bike Week are the times when he makes the most money, which is why he supports an expansion.

"You need more people wanting to come to this area. It's a nice area, spending more money," said Morrow.

The Convention and Visitors Bureau said a 10-day Biketoberfest just didn't get enough support, but it could be proposed again next year.