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Ocean City OK’s Dew Tour, but Virginia Beach in running

Ocean City has voted to approve the Dew Tour coming to its beaches in July, but now the city must wait to find out if it will win its spot on the tour.

Dew Tour organizers presented the details of the event and its economic impact of more than $11 million to the city’s mayor and city council Tuesday. The council gave a 7-0 vote in favor of the event, but was told that Virginia Beach is a competitor for the first spot in the extreme sports tour.

“We’re for it in concept,” said Brent Ashley, an Ocean City council member. Ashley, a past president of the Ocean City Chamber of Commerce who also served on the board for the city’s tourism bureau, said event organizers will get back to the city within a couple weeks on its decision. The proposed cost to Ocean City would be about $20,000, Ashley said.

“The exposure would more than make up for the cost,” he said. “A lot of TV coverage, all of that is a good thing.”

The event features an array of extreme sports, most notably skateboarding, and is tentatively scheduled for July 21-24. Officials from Alli, the Alliance of Action Sports, which coordinates the Dew Tour, filed an application Feb. 8 to Ocean City officials to hold the event there.

Alli officials could not be reached for comment.

The Dew Tour had a two-year stint at the Camden Yards Sports Complex in 2007 and 2008, but stopped after a scheduling conflict with the Baltimore Orioles. Terry Hasseltine, Maryland’s director of sports marketing, has been leading the efforts on having the Dew Tour back in Maryland. Hasseltine said he expects to hear back from Alli in the next week and a half.

“The Dew Tour was looking for a beach front,” Hasseltine said. “And it came down to Ocean City and Virginia Beach. In my humble opinion, I think our offering is much better.”

Virginia Beach city council members could not be reached for comment.

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