In its glory years, BCR commanded crowds of up to 450,000 black spring breakers. In 2011, there were no signs that this event ever existed. The beach areas had its usually weekend visitors and streets were eerily empty. The large crowds drawn in by BET, gone. Bumper to bumper traffic of tricked out cars, gone. Students on spring break spending millions of dollars, gone. Daytona Beach is an older beach town, which relies heavily on tourism. Right now, the only visitors the city has are non-US vacationers from Europe. There are NO attractions in Daytona besides the Daytona 500. The hotels are decrepit and the nightlife is non-existent. The city can not improve its image without funds. Funds that the college crowds of the 90’s and early 2000’s provided. So to the local residents that cheered BCR’s demise… Enjoy your falling property values and higher property taxes.
R.I.P. BCR, we had fun.
The BCR crew are back in the building ready to bring you the hot news for 2010’s spring break season! Last year saw crowd reductions at all major events… This year the crowd totals should start to bounce back. On that note: I got an email asking if its true that BET will be bringing their Spring Bling concert back to Daytona. The short answer: I don’t know. The long answer: Sadly, the internet makes it really easy for people to fabricate stories without consequence. I believe shady promoters do this to make a quick dollar, but hey… I can’t say for sure. I do have a contact at BET and I will correspond with her tomorrow and see what she says. For the last couple of years BET has held it’s Spring Bling concert in Riviera Beach, FL. Based on crowd size and accommodations in the area I would not be surprised if they chose a more ‘commercial’ or ‘happening’ spot. Daytona has history no doubt, but the final say so on this issue is in the hands of BET.
Stay tuned, I will update you as soon as I hear something.