Panama City, FL –
PANAMA CITY BEACH Fla. (WMBB) – The Thunder Beach Rally is fun for all bikers but also for local businesses.
Restaurant and bar owners say the crowds have been building up since last weekend.
Some say this spring rally is shaping up to be the biggest yet.
Patches Pub owner Vincent Greiner said business is not stopping. He said the bikes had filled the parking lot since Sunday.
“The business just came off the charts,” Greiner said. “It’s wonderful, we have a lot of great people from out of town.”
He said that was exactly what they needed after the spring rally was canceled for the past two years.
“It’s just a great party weekend and a safe party weekend where everyone is having a great time, listening to music and relaxing on the patio,” said Greiner.
Bikers travel from all over to enjoy the Thunder Beach festivities and they know the best places to find great music and fun.
Paul Busuttil, the owner of Busters Beer and Bait, said some bikers return to the bar every year.
“These people who are here come back every year, so they always come back and say hello and spend a little time and then move on to all the activities that are going on,” Busuttil said.
Busuttil said business is booming all day and night. He said it was a good thing not only for his business, but also for anyone on the beach who has taken a hard hit in the past two years.
“It’s really a big boom for our economy and it’s nice bikers who are here, so it’s a refreshing change from what it was last year,” said Busuttil.
Patches and Busters say it’s been a safe and fun week so far, and they’re hoping it will continue throughout the weekend.
“There are a lot of bikes on the road and a lot of cars on the road, so look twice to save a life,” Busuttil said.
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