New Port Richey hosts perfect weather and motorcycles galore
Annual Cotee River Bike Fest attracts thousands over the weekend.
NEW PORT RICHEY — As weather goes, it was a perfect day for riding. Thousands of motorcycle enthusiasts took advantage of that and the “Motorcycles-only” zone, as downtown New Port Richey rolled out the welcome mat.
It’s impossible to count how many bikers and others attended the three-day event, said New Port Richey Police Chief Kim Bogart, noting that it was pretty packed during the evening concerts.
“So many people are coming in and out of here over three days, we just can’t tell," he said.
Bogart patrolled the event, riding through Sims Park and the cordoned-off streets on a T3 Motion Electric Standup vehicle, one of two donated by the Rotary Club of New Port Richey and Dobies Funeral Home.
There were no event-related arrests, said Bogart, who enlisted the patrol help of other law enforcement agencies, including anti-gang task force officers from other areas.
“It went very smoothly,” he said. “I thought it was a pretty tremendous event.”