It was one of the craziest stories out of Volusia County last year: the Daytona Truck Meet which threw Daytona Beach and Daytona Beach Shores into disarray will not be happening again in 2022. In addition to numerous physical altercations between patrons both drunken and sober, and a number of vehicle accidents along Daytona’s streets, Daytona Beach Police Chief Jakari Young told the City Commission that the event in total cost his department $170,000 in overtime pay. The Meet took place from June 11th to 13th of 2021.
The organizers of Daytona Truck Meet posted the following message to their Instagram page:
“Due to circumstances out of our control #DaytonaTruckMeet will no longer be returning to Daytona we are in final talks to new show venues currently we will have an update for those once we have them. After years of working well with the speedway and zero issues within show grounds the nighttime unruly activities has forced our hand to not disrupt the Daytona beach community no longer we feel very sorry for the local business’s and hoteliers who depend on our crowd to make a living we tried everything in a our wheelhouse to keep the show local. We thank everyone for helping us along the way it was a good 8 years in Daytona we look forward to the future and realize when one door closes multiple doors open update coming soon!”
Daytona Beach’s Mayor, Derrick Henry, was supportive of the efforts to get rid of the Truck Meet. “I applaud ISC for recognizing that the truck event is not a good fit for our community,” he said in an official statement. “They are responding, and showing leadership in helping us build the Daytona Beach brand.”
Chief Young spoke at a City Commission meeting on June 16th in which he explained the magnitude of the ordeal for his department. “I told them if this event continues you run the risk of ruining your relationship with this police department,” he said following his comments. Around 300 police officers were brought in between the DBPD’s forces and other local agencies, but the amount that law enforcement could do to curtail the effects of a 50,000-person party was limited.
As reported by News Daytona Beach, one ‘highlight’ of the event was a video of a man urinating in the open as cars passed him by. It’s not hard to see how the event might not have matched the city’s desired public image. Mayor Henry called the clip painful to watch.
In years past, the Truck Meet was held at Daytona International Speedway. The implication of yesterday’s announcement is that D.I.S. is no longer supporting the event, which led to mass gridlock and road closures throughout Daytona Beach.