CEO to return to Daytona in 2019, Alex Jebailey taking multiple actions to combat unsafe and racist atmosphere outside of beach venue

'You all have my word, I'm doing everything in my power with my voice to help' - Jebailey

Posted by John 'Velociraptor' Guerrero • July 11, 2018 at 11:20 a.m. PDT

CEO has grown to have a reputation as one of the best yearly fighting game events and the 2018 rendition was no exception. Having moved from Orlando to a bigger location in Daytona, Florida to effectively house the 3,000+ participants as well as its pairing with New Japan Pro Wrestling went off without a hitch, except for the Daytona part.

Multiple reports of racism from some of the locals emerged on Twitter as CEO 2018 attendees expressed concern with the surrounding area, and tournament organizer Alex Jebailey was quickly faced with a dilemma as he and his team had already signed a multi year contract with the Daytona venue.

It should be stated that no complaints stemmed from inside the venue itself, but only from without when attendees ventured into the surrounding city area. Still, sentiments that such an atmosphere would deter people from attending in future years have been floating about ever since.

Despite going through leg surgery almost immediately after CEO, Jebailey has already acknowledged the issue publicly and has produced a statement indicating the multiple actions to be taken to ensure a safe and pleasant atmosphere in 2019 and beyond.

This includes meeting with the Daytona Chief of Police as well as discussions with the airport about setting up transportation beyond services such as Lyft and Uber, from which some of this year's complaints stemmed.

Click the thumbnail below to see first of Jebailey's tweets. You'll find his statement on the matter in its entirety after the jump.

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Jebailey's Statement

I have a meeting next week with the Chief of Police over there, but they've already had meetings discussing the need to clean up the beach side and make Daytona an all around great destination again. You all have my word, I'm doing everything in my power with my voice to help.

Daytona has a lot of great projects and future plans so I'm happy to be a part of their conversations for the future like #CEO2019 and possibly more after while they continue to grow again. So I'm glad everyone who had issues spoke up because change will happen for the better.

I've also been in contact with the Airport. We brought them a lot of business this past year and I know they're trying to get more airlines to land at their airport. Fingers crossed it grows sooner than later so transport is easier next year.

A LOT of people who attended claim this CEO was one of the greatest weekends in FGC history but the positive response being overshadowed by some bad experiences is still something I'm going to work on. We won over a lot of first timers from the wrestling side and gaming side to not miss a CEO again so it's only going to get better from here.

The Floridian TO also added later in the thread, "They're working on a big homeless shelter to open May of 2019 to help with that situation. The panhandlers of the area are driving down business and really hurting the city the most."

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