MONTEREY – Classic Car Week, one of the biggest events for Monterey County, is back after being switched off last year due to the pandemic and the county has an interactive webpage to help navigate it.
The Monterey County special event calendar for 2021 is a list of scheduled events throughout the year, including a map, dates and locations for Car Week events from Aug. 5-15.
“We’ve been working on it with our (information technology) department,” said Monterey County special event permit coordinator Freda Escobar at Wednesday’s media briefing. “It really went over well in 2019 and we’ve added some special features.”
With the help of Darryl Tyler of the IT department and analyst Dina Northcutt, Escobar’s 2018 vision for the website started to take shape and has evolved over time to be more useful and a great resource for the community.
The event calendar and map have tabs corresponding to each month of the year, and under each month are events that are scheduled to take place. Under August, there are currently seven clickable entries including Monterey County Car Week 2021, which takes viewers to an introduction page to the 2021 Car Week schedule.
The 2021 Car Week schedule page provides a list of events and schedule dates while tabs along the top take you to each day of Car Week events, along with a map showing event locations with a corresponding arrow. Clicking on the event logo or the arrow will bring up information about the event including its permit status.
Escobar said that events are scheduled within cities and unincorporated areas of the county, which will ultimately impact traffic. The calendar will include a live view of traffic conditions courtesy of Caltrans, and a list of road construction projects from Monterey County Public Works. There is a link at the top right of the page for current road closures and traffic conditions.
“We all know whether they’re in the city limits or unincorporated areas, it still impacts traffic,” said Escobar.
According to Escobar, the live cam feed showing traffic conditions at particular points will appear when a map arrow is clicked on during Car Week. The aim is to help people decide on which routes to take, or to avoid, during events.
The event calendar and map have evolved over time and each year features are added or refined. This year’s iteration is more robust than the 2019 version.
“This really is a way to provide transparency to the public and residents where events happen,” said Escobar.
Every month Escobar chairs a Special Events Task Force Committee meeting to meet with organizers.
“We have the regulatory agencies there at the table who are also available to answer any questions, provide feedback to the organizers as they move through the permit process, and then we also open it up to public comment,” said Escobar. “Folks are welcome to comment, ask questions to the organizer and also the regulatory agencies available.”
The special events webpage explains to get started, the role of the permit coordinator, and how much time to budget which could be at least six months. The page also provides links to resources including the Monterey County Special Events Calendar and map at https://tinyurl.com/yp2be2rw.
For more information, email Escobar at firstname.lastname@example.org or call assistant Kayla Johnson at 831-755-5143.
View Original Source