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Rock N' Ride to Rebuild The Beach Club

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The fire that burned down the Beach Club and nearby Dockside devastated the community. But groups have come together to help rebuild.

"We were all very much in tears over this," said Peggy Luce from Street Track N' Trail, events coordinator on the "ride" side of the Rock N' Ride to rebuild.

Street Track N' Trail joined in on the "Rock to Rebuild" concert, adding in a charity ride to the event on September 14th.

Joyce Popovich, event coordinator on the "rock" side of the event, says community response has been "tremendous."

"Bands actually called up after the Beach Club had burned down and wanted to help rebuild right away," she said.

Jason Stolarz, a member of the band "Blackjack Outlaws," was one of the first to think of the charity concert idea. 

"The day of the fire, I just had the idea of wanting to help somehow. We all loved playing at the Beach Club," Stolarz said. "Just overnight, thousands of people interested, with local businesses reaching out to help."

The funds raised by the "Rock 'N Ride to Rebuild" will help cover the difference between the valuation of the old Beach Club, and the cost of building the new one.

The old Beach Club is valued at $600,000, according to Greg Sutterlin of Park Restoration, LCC,  lease holder of the Beach Club and The Dockside. Due to construction and new safety standards, costs of the new building will total between $800,000 and $1 million.

"One thing is important - that we start the rebuild of the project this fall so we're up and running next Memorial Day weekend," Sutterlin said.

The fire has obviously hurt business for the adjacent Hotel Conneaut.

"They both work hand-in-hand, the Hotel Conneaut and the Beach Club," said Popovich. "You go from there (gesturing to Hotel Conneaut) for a wedding and to the Beach Club for a reception afterward."

There is some concern from Jack Moyers, President of the park's board of trustees. While he is happy to see strong support from the community, Moyers said in a phone interview that there needs to be more transparency in the fund management process.

Most people seem hopeful about the rebuild.

"We are a strong community and we stick together. When tragedy happens, we just fight back," said Luce.

More than 40 bands have donated their time to the Rock N' Ride to Rebuild concert. The concert will take place on September 14th, on the lawn of Hotel Conneaut.

 

 

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