Bike Week, Spring Break hit Daytona Beach

Businesses expect to see boost in sales

Published On: Mar 11 2013 03:55:54 PM EDT   Updated On: Mar 07 2013 09:02:55 PM EST
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DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -

Bike Week kicks into high gear in Daytona Beach on Friday, bringing half a million bikers along for the ride.

With Spring Breakers also making Daytona their destination of choice, it's going to be a busy time for beachside businesses.

"We just figured Daytona would be the place to be in Florida," said Susie Snedaker, of Ohio.

She and 50 of her sorority sisters booked their room on Daytona Beach months ago.

Audrey Perreault rode down with two buses full of Canadian college students.

"I thought it was going to be warmer, this is actually cold.  But we're going to take as much sun as we can get," she said.

Spring Breakers are not the only ones soaking up the sun on the 26 miles of sandy beaches; Bike Week starts Friday and, according to Daytona Welcome Center Director Scott Edwards, there will be more out-of-towners in the mix than ever before.

"A lot of your major universities east of the Mississippi have changed their Spring Break also to the second week of March, so what we're going to see here, come Saturday, are more Spring Breakers during the Bike Week time than we've ever had," he said.

Anthony Romberger is hoping to cash in on the big crowds with his mobile barbeque business.

"We started prepping about two days ago, so we'll prep right up to the end, and just keep cooking throughout," he said.
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Romberger drove his 63-foot-long mobile barbeque from Pennsylvania just for this year's Bike Week.

"Bikers tend to go towards barbeque so it helps out a lot," he said.

For more information on Bike Week, visit the event's website.