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People React to Dew Tour's Decision to Not Return to O.C.

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 OCEAN CITY, Md.- One of Ocean City's signature events is not coming back this summer, and some people are upset about it.

For the last four years, the Dew Tour, an extreme skating competition, has called Ocean City home.  That will change this year.

Ocean City officials said the tour is not coming back to the East Coast because organizers are changing the format and venue.

Lee Gerachis, owner of Malibu's Surf Shop, has worked off the boardwalk for 27 years. He looks forward to the boost in business. Gerachis, however, said he is not worried about the event leaving.

"It was a great addition, but it's not everything Ocean City is. It came and it went. It was a nice little shot in the arm in the summer, but Ocean City [will] move on," Gerachis said. 

Others like Leoanrd Burrs of Ocean City are disappointed. Burrs works at a restaurant in the heart of  town.

"I think it's kind of sad; it brought a lot of people down here during the summer," Burrs said. "It was nice. It made us busy up there."

Ocean City officials said the event draws thousands of people to the area each year, breaking attendance records every time.

Walt Povloski, who works for the tram service on the boardwalk, said, “It's kind of a shame because I know it brought a lot of business into Ocean City. It's a fun time, you know, people get away from work and forget about their troubles." 

Last year, the Dew Tour drew nearly 100,000 people to town, according to Ocean City officials.
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