They're preparing for the worst after police reached out last week to help them get ready.
Local business owners, in the downtown area, are taking action after Frederick Police reached out last week, to help prepare them for the worst, in case rioting and protesting should happen during the G8 Summit, which is taking place Friday, May 18th and Saturday, May 19th, at Camp David, in Thurmont.
The President and CEO of the Woodsboro Bank, on West Patrick Street, C. Richard Miller, Jr., says one of their major concerns is traffic congestion. "If people park in the parking decks, and if the streets are jammed, they may or may not be able to get out. I'm also concerned about some physical damage that has happened at other places in the past. So, we've made arrangements with a contractor, to patch up holes, as needed," said Miller. Patching up holes would come if property would be destroyed and Lisa Henry, co-owner of Home Essentials of Frederick, on East Patrick Street, is hoping that doesn't happen. "I'm hoping people will express their opinion in an orderly fashion, and not be destructive, because we are small town people who are trying to run businesses to benefit the town. I'm hoping they won't take out their political views on us, but you never know," said Henry.
Police are asking citizens to be proactive and take common sense precautions and most importantly, report any suspicious activity to law enforcement.