Repco Beach Hop ready to rock'n'roll 22 March 2019 Thousands of participants and spectators with their classic vehicles and outfits will pour into our District for the annual Repco Beach Hop event next week. Photo: Mayor Sandra in the Grand Parade. (Mike D Imagery) Home of New Zealand’s biggest celebration of the 50s and 60s, the five-day festival celebrates the music, culture, fashion, hot rods, motorbikes, dancing, dragsters and scooters of this golden era. The festival continues to grow each year and is one of the largest events of its kind in the world. In 2017 it was declared New Zealand’s favourite event of the year at the New Zealand Event Association (NZEA) awards and every year it attracts about 100,000 people to our district. “A warm welcome and a heartfelt thankyou to everyone who comes to enjoy the festivities, gets dressed up, has a boogie and drives around our district in your classic cars. We love your cars,” says our Mayor Sandra. “Our Council is proud to sponsor this iconic event and we hope both the visitors and locals have a great time. Enjoy your Beach Hop – a toe-tapping, hip swinging, eye popping extravaganza.” Starting on Wednesday 27 March with the 'Waihi Warm Up Party', then a cruise to Whitianga Thursday 28 March for the 'Repco Whitianga Beach Party'. Friday 29 March the Hop hits Onemana for the 'Castrol Edge Thunder Cruise' and then back to Beach Hop central in Whangamata over the weekend for the grand parade, vintage markets, live bands, auctions, pin up shows, hot rods, classic cars, retro caravans and motorbikes shows, and so much more. For more information about the scheduled events check out their website www.beachhop.co.nz. Here are some things you need to know from us if you are coming to Repco Beach Hop next week, see www.tcdc.govt.nz/BH2019 for more information. Kerbside collections 24/7 temporary alcohol ban No alcohol can be consumed in any public place over Beach Hop. The ban is in place from 4pm on 26 March to 4am on 1 April. You can get an instant fine of $250 or be arrested if you breach the ban. There are plenty of great pubs and places where you can drink in town and watch the cars cruise by, or head along to the Jack Daniels tent in the middle of Port Rd especially set up for RepcoBeach Hop. www.tcdc.govt.nz/alcoholcontrolbylaw Dogs We know many pooches also come and enjoy the Hop. A reminder to owners that we are expecting large crowds and your dog must be on a leash in public places. There are areas you can exercise your dog off-lead, see www.tcdc.govt.nz/dogrules for more information. Washing your pride and joy Repco Beach Hop brings a huge number of visitors to Whangamata which in turn means a large increase in water use in the area. To help us manage our networks and make sure there is enough water for everyone, we need all residents and visitors to ensure they are conserving water where possible. This includes using a bucket to wash cars and not to leave the hose running continuously, which wastes water. A reminder that as Whangamata is a coastal town any cleaning products, detergents etc. used for car washing have a quick and direct path to the sea via our stormwater network, including road cesspits. Please wash your cars on the lawn which will soak up the water and help protect our environment. For more information about our water restrictions and conservation tips visit www.tcdc.govt.nz/water. Road closures There are a number of road closures from Thursday 28 March until Saturday 30 March as Beach Hop, takes place. We apologise for any inconvenience and ask for your patience on our roads. NZTA also advise traffic delays are likely around the Coromandel from today through to Sunday 31 March with large crowds expected to flock to the Repco Beach Hop and also with cars cruising through to Whitianga for the Repco Beach Hop Party. Whitianga Complete road closure of the following roads in Whitianga to accommodate vehicle displays, entertainment and spectator access: Thursday 28 March from 7.30am to 3.00pm Albert St (from Hannon Rd to Lee St) Blacksmith Lane (from Albert St to The Esplanade) The Esplanade (from the boat ramp entrance to Blacksmith Lane) Whangamata Friday 29 March from 7.00am to 12.00pm Complete road closure of the following roads in Whangamata to allow safe marshalling of Thunder Cruise participants vehicles and their departure: Chartwell Ave (Eastbound from Charleston Ave to Port Rd) Port Rd (Northbound from Chartwell Ave to Ocean Beach Rd) Saturday 30 March from 7.00am to 7.30pm Complete road closure of Port Road from northern side of the Ocean Road/Port Road roundabout to the southern side of the Hunt Road/Port Road roundabout to accommodate vehicle displays, entertainment and spectator access. Port Road closed at each intersection with: Ocean Road Lincoln Road Aickin Road Casement Road Hetherington Road Hunt Road Winifred Avenue Saturday 30 March from 10.00am to 11.30am Complete road closure of the following roads to accommodate parade vehicle access to street parade: Chartwell Avenue, from Charleston Avenue to Port Road Hunt Road, from western side of roundabout to eastern side of Barbara Avenue Winifred Road, from Port Road to eastern side of Barbara Avenue Barbara Avenue, from Hunt Road to Ocean Road Port Road, from Chartwell Avenue to Hunt Road Controlled access to Port Road from Hetherington Road/Hunt Road intersection to allow parade vehicles to use Hetherington Road/Hunt Road roundabout during parade only. During the proposed periods of closure the following provision will be made for ordinary vehicular traffic which would otherwise us the streets: Detour via Martyn Road and Mayfair Avenue or State Highway 25 Bypass Road closure maps may be viewed at Whitianga, Whangamata and Thames offices during normal business hours.