Merchants debate Marble Falls soapbox classic event



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The 2019 Marble Falls Adult Soapbox Classic featured dozens of entries and thrilled crowds downtown of people during the Arbor Day weekend last year. Organizers say the event attracts tourists and dollars to the economy, but detractors believe some downtown businesses pay too high a price due to street closures and blocked entrances.






By Connie Swinney
Staff Writer

Two business owners expressed concerns at Marble Falls City Council Jan. 21 about the annual Adult Soapbox Classic, which they say obstructs potential customer foot traffic and at times forces them to close up shop due to street closures.

The owners of a consignment store and confectioneries shop – both located on Main Street – appeared before the council prior to the body's vote on agenda items approving hotel/motel occupancy tax (HOT) funding for entities including $10,000 in for the derby event. …

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