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    Gee, no lines in the restaurants? Must be really unpopular places then. Because I promise you that Seacrets, every buffet, Harpoon Hanna'a, Fenwick restaurants, and many others are jammed. The thing is, the cruisers don't frequent the HIGH END places where you get a little bit for a lot of money. For many of them, it's their once a year at the beach and they want a buffet or a table full of crabs, in other words, food they don't get at home or any other time of year. They're not going to Adolfo's for spaghetti. As for tipping, IF I have good to exceptional service, I over tip. Otherwise, I tip accordingly. And it's the same everywhere I eat,not just OC.
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    The restaurants we usually go to are Coins, Marina Deck, Harborwatch, Fish Tales, Waterman's, PGN; we don't go to Seacrets or Harpoon Hanna's, we do go to a couple in Fenwick. Maybe they aren't popular with the tourist crowd, but they are the ones we find suit our taste & deliver good food for a reasonable (for OC) price. No, we don't go for spagetti in OC either; we have plenty of very good Italian restaurants at home. And, we've tried the buffets over the years & found that although they offer a lot of food there is much better quality available at a regular restaurant. The one thing we do that probably most of you do not do is go for early dinner, we like the early bird specials. That is big help for avoiding crowds. However, I don't think that the size of the crowds at restaurants are what the problem is with these events. In fact, that's probably considered an asset. If the 'powers that be' think that the size of the Cruisin crowds need to be reduced they could simply require that organization that runs these events to limit the number of registerations sold. I see the biggest problem as law enforcement, they have got to find a way to fairly/equally apply the laws so that the ones who hijack the Cruisin events & the H2Oi jerky brats are discouraged from coming to OC at any time. About the best idea that I've heard so far is the immediate impoundment, w/high fees to get a vehicle out of impound, of vehicles in violation of most laws. How have other resort towns managed to avoid becoming a magnet for these jerks?

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    That noise you hear is a can....being kicked down the road. Until the body count reaches a certain number, no meaningful reforms will take place.

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    The organizers have ALWAYS restricted the number of registered cars. And once that number is reached, they're cut off. Most of the time, it is filled before the show, but not always, so some years they do sell registrations at the Convention Center until they're gone. But it's always limited.
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    They can do what they want with the car shows, just don't take away my bike weekend...LOL

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    Quote Originally Posted by tfunkhouser View Post
    They can do what they want with the car shows, just don't take away my bike weekend...LOL
    Bike weekend is fine until the H20i outcasts invade that event as well.

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    Part of the problem with finding a solution to the H2Oi mess is that too many people will say take away the special events that don't mean anything to me, but don't touch "MY" event. Everyone has to be willing to give a little. Besides, I really think that the events that are sanctioned by the city are okay, they just need better law enforcement. The worst problem is with unsanctioned events, i.e. H2Oi, as such events are much harder to get control of. This is a problem that developed over time, it should have been dealt with when it first started, but too many people were in the "don't do anything that discourages tourism, that's our 'money' mode. It just took too long to realize that sometimes the $$ aren't worth the problems.

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    And the biggest problem with the H20i kids is that they can come to OC any time they want. During Cruise In weekends, the Air Show, Sunfest, Bikefest, or just any weekend and there's nothing to stop them. They just show up.
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    Why is everyone picking on these poor CHILDREN!!!! LOL

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    That's exactly right, Z06RL. So it means that OC needs stronger law enforcement all the time, not just during certain events. And, they really need to hit these guys hard, where it really hurts, the pocketbook. Also, besides inpoundment of vehicles & stiff fines, maybe some jail time. Serious 'time' that will stay on their record!

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