That scene looks to be coming to an end as city leaders embrace big changes downtown.
City commissioners on
In a December letter, Daytona Beach City Manager
"The Biker Threads lease was terminated because the city wants to implement improvements detailed in the Riverfront Park Master Plan,"
"I just signed a five-year lease," Kramper said in his packed showroom Tuesday morning. "I found out about four days ago. I'm upset that not a single person reached out to me."
Kramper said he hasn't had much time to think about what he'll do, specifically if vendors no longer want to set up shop on his property because of the lack of vendors across the street. He said people pay
"Eighty-five percent of my revenue comes in 14 days," Kramper said. "For it not to exist anymore ... I just don't know."
"It was a shock to us," said
Scene has grown
As far as the bike scene on the river goes, Holt hopes eventually the city can work something out maybe in another area.
He said he began with four vendors in 2008 and this year has 61 at the park. He pays about
But the end of motorcycle vendors and events at the park isn't the only change happening on
The Riverfront Master Plan aims to invigorate
More recently, insurance giant
Following that news last year, Carl and
Next door to Morrow's shop, another building is under contract for sale.
Brown & Brown: The catalyst
Brown & Brown is about to submit its first rezoning application to the city, Merrill said. He and others, including architectural firm
Merrill said that was one of the rumors he aims to quash.
"We're not looking to take away any access to the park," Merrill said. "It's simply a zoning agreement, not an ownership agreement."
The company expects to make some final tweaks from the suggestions posed by residents and submit a request to rezone the property to planned development at a later date.
At Carl's Speed Shop, the opportunity to sell was fortuitous.
"It's time," said
"I'm not happy," said
"I probably make 50 percent of my money in those weeks," said Duncan, who's going to have to move -- probably to a place that will let her keep her important
A for-sale sign on the building, owned by
"There's thoughts in their minds about residential," Budiansky said. "But whether that happens, who knows? It could be a chain restaurant. It could be a number of things."
"Keep it going there," McCarthy said. "That's where all the motorcycle shops are anyway."
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