The dispute over which organization should be given the official permit to conduct the classic Nelscott Reef International surfing competition has finally landed in the laps of the Lincoln City City Council.
Monday evening the council was pitched by two big surf promoters. One who is referred to a “the local guy” who is relying on hometown advantage to move ahead with the big wave event to be held sometime between the end of October this year and March of next.
The event is an internationally ranked competition that attracts highly skilled surfers to Lincoln City when the wave forecast hits 30 to 50 feet. TV cameras show up, the event is broadcast live on the internet, spectators stream in from around the country and the world and, of course, that’s all good tourism dollars landing in the cash registers of Lincoln City businesses.
With at least two competitors to sponsor the event, the city council did what councils typically do. They referred it to a committee. But not just any committee. They asked city department heads to come up with criteria for a “Request For Proposals” to go out to the surfing world. Public Works Director Lyla Bradley suggested that some good starting elements might include:
* Determine which sponsor group would do the most to promote Lincoln City along with their media reach nationally and internationally.
* Years of experience sponsoring such events.
* Track record of their performances.
* Did they comply with permit provisions?
* Are they insured and would they add the city as additionally insured?
* Who are their sponsoring professional organizations?
* What kind of pre-event publicity are they offering and how effective will it be?
* Is the applicant able to continue with the event into the future?
The Council said they want the city review team to be made up of at least city Finance, Visitors and Convention Bureau, Public Works, Police and North Lincoln Fire-Rescue (they have an expert surf rescue team).
When the committee comes up with the criteria and a way to objectively evaluate the competing applicants the committee will make a presentation to the city council for their review and decision. No deadline was given.