Okaloosa County three-time winner as 2013 H.O.G. Rally site

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Motorcyclists get ready to ride.

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Published: Thursday, November 8, 2012 at 05:02 PM.

FORT WALTON BEACH — The Florida State Harley-Davidson Group has decided to bring its annual fall rally back to the Emerald Coast.

The area was a leading contender for the event, which will take place primarily at the Ramada Plaza Beach Resort on Okaloosa Island in October 2013. H.O.G. members selected Okaloosa County last weekend at its 2012 rally in Lake County.

“We sent a contingent down there and won the pitch,” said Dan O’Byrne, director of the county’s tourism development department.

The rally was held in Destin in 2010 and 2011.

O’Byrne and the Tourist Development Council also have gotten approval from county commissioners to provide the H.O.G with a $25,000 sponsorship. Commissioners did not discuss the expenditure before approving it at their meeting Tuesday.

“I think it met the (county’s) standards,” Commissioner Wayne Harris said after the meeting.

Harris said he made inquiries about the event and the sponsorship and “was satisfied with what the TDC was doing.”

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