This event has brought thousands of people from all over the Southeast to our beautiful town over the last eight years and has given residents like me a reason to go downtown, spend some money and have some fun.
I attended an informal meeting of musicians and city officials several weeks ago and heard personal testimony from Mayor Vaughn Stewart, council members Seyram Selase and Millie Harris, Spirit of Anniston Executive Director Dianna Michaels and downtown merchant Jennie Preston. All agreed that live music would lure more people downtown … but three weeks later, their tune changed.
Full Throttle magazine, which hosts the Rumble, annually features Noble Street on the cover of its August issue, portraying us as having a vibrant downtown. Let’s not make it a liar. When it comes to the merchants who have complained about a decrease in sales due to Rumble, I say this: You’ve had eight years to figure out how to cater to this one-day influx of bikers. If you haven’t done it by now, just take that Saturday off. I’m sure you deserve it.
I encourage everyone who supports Rumble to attend the City Council work session at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, July 23, at City Hall and let our elected officials know that we residents truly support a diverse and vibrant downtown, even if they don’t.