Local event: BET’s Spring Bling returns to Riviera Beach

Article by staff contributor Jen Herring.

Hotels in Riviera Beach are being booked to capacity as Black Entertainment Television’s annual “Spring Bling” event makes a come back, March 28 to March 29, for its third consecutive year.

The event will feature concerts by some of today’s most popular rap, hip-hop and R&B artists. 106 and Park’s hosts Rocsi and Terrence will be hosting the event.

Although, controversy over whether or not the city council would approve of the proposed agreement by BET is still being talked about. In the end, the city and BET came to an agreement to let the event take place.

Local publications like the South Florida Times stated, “under the proposed agreement, the Palm Beach County Tourist Development Council would give the city a $75,000 grant to offset expenses.”

The television company reportedly is working with the city to ensure the safety of participants. The Palm Beach Post reported that, “the television company has agreed to provide metal detectors at the audience entrance, to provide private security on the site and to ‘make best efforts’ to prohibit drugs and alcohol at the show site.”

“Spring Bling” shows such as “Beach Towel Throw Down,” “Revamped” and “Get To Steppin,” will be broadcasting live according to BET.com. The spring break event is aimed to attract college students and will also feature special shows such as, “Rides, Rims and Runways” which will showcase some of today’s hottest cars.

“Last year’s Spring Bling drew an estimated 8, 350 people to South Florida,” stated the South Florida Times. “A city staff analysis says the economic impact of last year’s Spring Bling was estimated at $2 million.”

Students interested in attending the event can get free tickets by requesting them from local radio stations, such as X102.3 or e-mailing BET at: audience106@bet.com and typing “Spring Bling” in the subject box.

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