H-AVILA BEACH

Apr 16, 2013 9:45 PM by Connie Tran, KSBY News

Amgen Bike Tour security to be amped up next month in Avila Beach

The Amgen Bike Tour of California is the next major sporting event expected to draw huge crowds to the Central Coast. Law enforcement agencies have a plan of action in place for the stop in Avila Beach, but since Monday's explosions in Boson, officials tell KSBY News, they are going to amp up security presence.

The finish line for Stage 5 is expected to be on Front Street before the Inn at Avila Beach. County officials said on the day of the race, they will not allow more than 7,000 people into the area.

Tony Cipolla, the public information officer for the San Luis Obispo County Sheriff's Office, said because of the attack in Boston, Sheriff Ian Parkinson has decided to call a meeting next week with all the different law enforcement agencies and county officials affiliated with the Amgen Tour. Those agencies include the California Highway Patrol and the FBI.

Cipolla said they already have a special operations plan in place for when the bicyclists and crowds come into Avila. But now, it is a matter of going over that plan, and seeing if they need to modify it in any way, said Cipolla.

Cipolla said the Sheriff's main concern is public safety, so beefing up security at the race is just a way to make sure the public can be rest assured that they will be protected.

The Sheriff's Office said its heart goes out to the families of those who were killed or injured yesterday in Boston.

Stage 5 of the Amgen Bike Tour stops in Avila Beach on Thursday, May 16.

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