Turning an old problem into a tourist attraction, the Riverhead Town Board has approved a plan to allow classic cars to cruise along the Peconic River waterfront from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. every Thursday night.
The informal “classic cruise” used to take place in Wading River last year, sometimes drawing crowds so large that it tied up traffic on the narrow, hilly streets.
Now, starting Thursday through June 23, the cruising will take place in the town parking lots along the river, behind the Main Street business district, and the event will be sponsored by the downtown Business Improvement District.
“It’s a win-win for the town,” said Councilman George Gabrielsen.
Supervisor Sean Walter, whose law office is in Wading River, said all it took to move the event was finding a sponsor and then informing drivers about plans for the venue change — by getting up on the back of a pickup truck at one of the cruises and talking to them.