When Mods Vs Rockers returned to Cleveland (2010) we were asked if we could host the main event, we said yes. The main part of the event was to be held in the street, this meant we would have to get a permit to block off the street. To get get this permit we needed our City Councilman to sign off and we would need a police officer for the event. We met with our Councilman, we already have a good relation, so he easily signed off and we submitted the application and it got approved. Closing of a street is a major endeavour, especially when it is Franklin ave. (not a side street). I made street closure signs/barricades, and got fencing, etc. The event is usually from 1-8pm and with set up and tear down, it’s a long day. We hosted the event for 3 years. I told the organizers at the time (2012) that I would prefer to host the “Meet & Greet” (next year) and that i would help secure and organize and work the big Saturday event with them (somewhere else). Well when it came to having the event the next year a new organizer took over. What I said to the previous organizer got lost in translation and it was assumed we did not want to be a part of the event. This year we were asked to be a part of the event and I said yes, we will host the Saturday event. I went through the normal motions of securing the permit like i normally do. I received a call from our councilman’s assisted saying that I would need to have a meeting with the Councilman, Police Commander, and the Community Development Corporation. The next morning I met with them. I explained the event to them and that we have hosted the event 3 other years without any problems (none of them have remembered the event from previous years, since they were all new to their current positions). I explained the safety protocols we took and that safety was always our #1 concern. They approved of most of the protocols we put in place, but wanted us to have 2 more police added (total of 3) and solid barricades. They explained that since the fatal accident (2012) on 117th & Clifton they needed more precautions. I told them i understood and that I knew Mitch (victim) and my wife was his teacher in high school. We talked about other ways we could make the event happen without added police for the street closure and it just was not going to work. The police that are at these events are paid for by us. Previous years we had a policeman donate his time. We would need to pay 3 officers for 8 hours each at $30 pr/hour = $720. With the unforeseen cost of added police we could not justify holding the event. We could have tried working out something with the organizers on covering costs and such, but the event was at this point 3 weeks away. While we would be working on raising extra cash through sponsors and such, the deadline is approaching to file the permit (and if we miss the deadline , then the event would be in jeopardy). Immediately after the meeting I messaged the organizers that they needed to find another venue. The event is great and will be great at its new location (Sachsenheim Hall)………………………………… Well there it is….
Here is a video we made in 2011 kind of showing the event and thanking the organizers and those that attended..
Link for this years event-> Mods Vs Rockers Cleveland