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‘Biggest Beach Party’ Won’t Be Held On Town’s Square

November 12, 1985

WILLIAMSBURG, Iowa (AP) _ The town square of this community nearly 1,000 miles from either coast won’t be the site of The World’s Biggest Beach Party next summer after all.

The Williamsburg City Council voted down a motion by Councilman Robert Headley Monday night to grant use of the square for the event after local residents presented a petition opposing the bash.

Promoter Steve Gander had said the event, set for July 12-13, would feature two days of entertainment, including musical groups Jan and Dean and the Ventures. Veteran game show host Bob Eubanks was slated to emcee.

Gander had proposed hauling in 500 cubic yards of sand from both coasts to turn the town square in this eastern Iowa city of 2,030 people into a beach.

Following an hour of discussion, the council received a 120-signature petition against granting permission for use of the square.

″You’re gonna have drunks and dope,″ resident Raymond Wille said. ″I plead with you to drop this beach party.″

Headly and Councilwoman Arlene Eckhart voted to let Gander use the town square. But Terry Stone voted against it and newly-elected Councilwoman Solveig Moore abstained, so the proposal did not have approval from a majority of the council.

The World’s Biggest Beach Party may still be held. Gander said he has an alternate site near Williamsburg, although he would not say where.

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