I would like to applaud the City Council's efforts to find an agreeable solution between business owners on Historic Fourth Street and a great local charity event in Awesome Biker Nights.

If all parties involved can come to an agreement that no business should lose profits or opportunity at the cost of others, then surely this short-term conflict will result in a winning solution for all of Sioux City. I would also like to point out that Historic Fourth Street's landscape is changing with the remodeling of the sidewalks by the Promenade and with an incoming Marriott hotel which will be creating a friendlier business district climate and eliminating once-used ABN stage space.

This creates a wonderful opportunity for Awesome Biker Nights to increase its own revenues and help return Sioux City's riverfront to its proper glory. Imagine thousands of vehicles traveling along I-29 witnessing the showcase of one of our truly great summer events. If that doesn't help make ABN or Sioux City a destination place, it would be very surprising.

It's time to reimagine the future of Sioux City. It's time for everyone in Sioux City to live, work and play together. It's time for Sioux City to grow our population and growing our local events is the best riverfront attraction you could ask for. We won't need one big Ferris wheel to attract people to Sioux City if we have thousands of motorcycles revving up by the riverfront. - Jake Jungers, Sioux City

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