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New transportation plans for Something in The Water 2020

Virginia Beach city staff worked on a six-month plan to prepare for this year's festival.

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. — Something in The Water 2020 is going to last for an entire week. On Tuesday, Virginia Beach assistant to the city manager of special projects Brian Solis gave an update on where they stand before the festival. Solis explained they are improving transportation during the festival. 

This year the festival will have 60,000 passes up for grabs. In 2019, they had 35,000 passes.  

"We do not recommend coming down to the Oceanfront to park but use one of the options like park and ride or rideshare to get around. You'll probably have a much more enjoyable experience not only get stuck in congestion but not create it as well," said Solis. 

Solis mentioned the plan in his Something in the Water Festival 2020 Glimpse PowerPoint presentation.

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The presentation mentions an expanded park and ride service that has about 12,000 spaces near the Virginia Beach amphitheater. 

Organizers are also thinking about adding a park and ride service at NAS Oceana. In addition, there will be more rideshare lots and an expanded trolley service.

Solis also wants to increase advertising for Oceanfront business owners and artists this year. 

"Whether you're a local artist or a business looking to partner with the festival to either sell goods at the festival or to be a preferred business that's advertised with the festival itself, your deadline is February 14 to register through somethinginthewater.com," said Solis. 

In 2019, the Hampton Roads received an impact of  $24.11 million

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