Virginia Beach city leaders discuss plan for College Beach Weekend

Posted at 1:13 PM, Apr 24, 2018
and last updated 2018-04-24 21:28:11-04

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. - The deputy city manager and chief of police presented an overview of the city's plan for College Beach Weekend at the city council meeting on Tuesday.

The presentation follows meetings in the community about the annual weekend that has sometimes led to violence, including last year when four people were shot.

The event is not a city-sponsored event and city officials have said they can't control who shows up to the event.

The presentation to city council included an overview of how the weekend compares to other big events at the Oceanfront, like the Fourth of July and Memorial Day.

Ahead of this year's weekend, the Virginia Beach Human Rights Commission is asking people to simply walk around and observe what it's really like at the Oceanfront during the event. "We want to make sure we're seeing the real picture and not Monday morning quarterbacking it, like we've been seeing," said Raj Islam, the commission's chairman.

He's hoping people from different communities are willing to participate. He says they'll make recommendations on things like public safety and congestion to the city council if needed. "We want to make sure that everybody gets a well-rounded view of the observations that we have," Islam said.

If you're interested in becoming an observer, head to thecity's website.