MB planning panel supports zoning to ...

MB planning panel supports zoning to deflate bike rallies

There are 65 comments on the Myrtle Beach Online story from Jul 15, 2008, titled MB planning panel supports zoning to deflate bike rallies. In it, Myrtle Beach Online reports that:

Myrtle Beach's anti-motorcycle-rally efforts received support from the city's planning commission Tuesday as commissioners gave a thumbs-up to amending zoning rules so no special events can be held during May.

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Stan Dupp

Somerville, NJ

#1 Jul 16, 2008
Why do Tax Payers have to fund the anti-rally measures?
Against the Rallies

Longs, SC

#2 Jul 16, 2008
Do whatever it takes to stop these events!
ttom

Lexington, SC

#3 Jul 16, 2008
The Bike weeks are just the smoke to cover the new tax which will never be used for it's intended purpose.The public should watchdog how it is administered and spent, by whoem and for what.The first penny spent for other purposes should repeal the tax automaticaly.
David

Raleigh, NC

#4 Jul 16, 2008
Alright Harley Association. Looks like there may be a lawsuit, with you being associated with shootings
HARLEY RIDER FROM VA

Brooklyn, NY

#5 Jul 16, 2008
After banning the vendors your next step should be to pass a law banning motorcycles from myrtle beach. Then you could move on the SUVs. They're big and use a lot of gas (don't want them messing up you air down there). Consider this, just allow bicycles. That way there is no noise and all you nuts can sleep good a night and walk around your GHOST TOWN all day and night without fear of the motorcyclist. I for one come to enjoy the area and spend a fair amount of $$$$ during the Harley Rallies.
You folks sound just like my work place. One bad apple spoils it for all of us. One person can do something wrong and management punishes the whole work group. DEAL WITH THE REAL PROBLEM!
Cheryl Markham

Pawleys Island, SC

#6 Jul 16, 2008
This is so ridiculous. It's throwing the baby out with the bath water. Someone have enough courage to just say the truth - no one wants the Atlantic Beach Rally! But, there is no reason to stop all permits for the entire month. As an event planner, I might want to sponsor an event for families, or children and this silliness would stop me from doing that, therefore stopping me from making money. That is completely unfair! The property tax increase was over the top - but this is completely over the top and completely off the top. I want the council members and other business leaders to have enough spunk to stand up and say we should not hinder our small business owners and destroy some businesses because a few people don't like the noise, etc. of Bike Week. I moved here knowing that it was going on in May. If I don't want to be around it then I just stay home! Grow UP!!
James

High Point, NC

#7 Jul 16, 2008
Cheryl Markham wrote:
This is so ridiculous. It's throwing the baby out with the bath water. Someone have enough courage to just say the truth - no one wants the Atlantic Beach Rally! But, there is no reason to stop all permits for the entire month. As an event planner, I might want to sponsor an event for families, or children and this silliness would stop me from doing that, therefore stopping me from making money. That is completely unfair! The property tax increase was over the top - but this is completely over the top and completely off the top. I want the council members and other business leaders to have enough spunk to stand up and say we should not hinder our small business owners and destroy some businesses because a few people don't like the noise, etc. of Bike Week. I moved here knowing that it was going on in May. If I don't want to be around it then I just stay home! Grow UP!!
Well put!!!
PREFAB SPROUT

Columbia, SC

#8 Jul 16, 2008
Stan Dupp wrote:
Why do Tax Payers have to fund the anti-rally measures?
Because we (the residents of the city) are willing to put our money where are mouths are. NO MORE MAY-hem!!
Bruce

United States

#9 Jul 16, 2008
The shooting that is discribed in the news article happened at the college over a PARKING spot, not a BIKE RALLY so don't confuse the issue with bike week and a college student drunk and nieve. Bikers are grown ADULTS and respect the area and also bring hard working money to the area, if the city of Myrtle Beach does not want the revinue that the bike community brings then Horry county will get it. and memorial day weekend is for families to and enjoy. LET THEM. Most of Bike week at Myrtle Beach happens in Horry County not in the City of Myrtle Beach. The bikers that come there spend lots of money at the City Hotels on Ocean Blvd and all the resturants so you would not just be hurting the City but the Hospitality of the many Hotels and resturants in Myrtle Beach. City officails should look at this with more respect to the community. your not hurting yourself but the hard working people that make the City of Myrtle Beach and the surrounding areas what it is today.

The noise that City officials and residents complain about is a great thing. at least you can HEAR the bikes coming, but look at all the CARS that are speeding in the local street and you cannot hear them coming and if an accident accurrs with a motorcycle and a car the first thing you hear is they either had a helmet on not. Peolpe that drive cars and not motorcycles have no respect for the road as much as a motorcyclist does. "LOAD PIPES SAVES LIVES" read it and learn it.
PREFAB SPROUT

Columbia, SC

#10 Jul 16, 2008
Cheryl Markham wrote:
This is so ridiculous. It's throwing the baby out with the bath water. Someone have enough courage to just say the truth - no one wants the Atlantic Beach Rally! But, there is no reason to stop all permits for the entire month. As an event planner, I might want to sponsor an event for families, or children and this silliness would stop me from doing that, therefore stopping me from making money. That is completely unfair! The property tax increase was over the top - but this is completely over the top and completely off the top. I want the council members and other business leaders to have enough spunk to stand up and say we should not hinder our small business owners and destroy some businesses because a few people don't like the noise, etc. of Bike Week. I moved here knowing that it was going on in May. If I don't want to be around it then I just stay home! Grow UP!!
A "few" people dont like the noise, congestion, being prisoners in their own homes? What planet are you living on? The tax paying voting residents of the City of MB have OVERWHELMINGLY made their views known. Thr rallys need to end...
michael

United States

#11 Jul 16, 2008
This effort will have minimal impact. First and most important - no matter what Myrtle Beach does the town of Atlantic Beach has declared the BBW will go on. Unless Myrtle Beach takes over the government of Atlantic Beach this will have no effect. Second it has been my experience the majority of HD bike associated events are outside the city limits of Myrtle Beach. No big deal on Broadway and the convention center. Everything was moved away from the convention center this year anyway. Third it appears Myrtle Beach is attempting to dictate their personal agenda to the region and a great deal of that agenda is fueled by this news paper. It is obvious the paper wants the rallys gone - but at the same time the hypocrites leave links all over the front page for rally associated pictures in an effort to keep their agenda alive. Finally this has coverage nation wide and particularly on the east coast. Myrtle Beach is now known as the town that wants to get rid of tourists who don't fit their high standards. I am sure there are many families who will question plans to visit Myrtle Beach. It amazes me how the paper continues to report the unfortunate death of the young man and attempts to link it back to the rally.

I am a HD rider and support the HD "official rally" which is 4 days. The local dealership is the reason for the additional days prior to the official, sanctioned rally. As for the BBW I don't have an opinion since I have never attened.

I respect your town and I respect your residents. I will not take cheap shots at anyone - we are all entitled to our opinion. I suspect at some point in the future the rally will suffer from the current battle that is being waged. But I also suspect the business' in the region will be the biggest losers.

Just my opinion.
Native Grand Strander

United States

#12 Jul 16, 2008
Amen! End both rallies now!
Enough is enough!

--Have you noticed how most of the people wanting to keep the rallies are from out of town? Oh yes, and the harley shops, and bars, and leather shops, and promoters, etc.?? What irony of listening to bar owners talk about the money they make: they are making money getting bikers smashed and then watching them speed off on their bikes. Great citizens, aren't they???
Against the Rallies

Longs, SC

#13 Jul 16, 2008
Put up some VIABLE links on the nonsense you are throwing around! One web site was shut down and another was by a HD biker wanting support for the rallies. No newspapers, no media, NO ANYTHING. Back it up with VIABLE coverage you are talking about.
Against the Rallies

Longs, SC

#14 Jul 16, 2008
Native Grand Strander wrote:
Amen! End both rallies now!
Enough is enough!
--Have you noticed how most of the people wanting to keep the rallies are from out of town? Oh yes, and the harley shops, and bars, and leather shops, and promoters, etc.?? What irony of listening to bar owners talk about the money they make: they are making money getting bikers smashed and then watching them speed off on their bikes. Great citizens, aren't they???
Yep, and what really gets me is that they BELIEVE they should have a SAY in how MB is run because they throw some money at the bars and restaurants for 10 days.

Bottom line:

IF YOU PAY TAXES TO HORRY COUNTY you have a say. OTHERWISE just be quiet. You don't live here or pay taxes here. I do NOT want to pay for your 10 days of FUN!
MBH

United States

#15 Jul 16, 2008
Bruce wrote:
The shooting that is discribed in the news article happened at the college over a PARKING spot, not a BIKE RALLY so don't confuse the issue with bike week and a college student drunk and nieve. Bikers are grown ADULTS and respect the area and also bring hard working money to the area, if the city of Myrtle Beach does not want the revinue that the bike community brings then Horry county will get it. and memorial day weekend is for families to and enjoy. LET THEM. Most of Bike week at Myrtle Beach happens in Horry County not in the City of Myrtle Beach. The bikers that come there spend lots of money at the City Hotels on Ocean Blvd and all the resturants so you would not just be hurting the City but the Hospitality of the many Hotels and resturants in Myrtle Beach. City officails should look at this with more respect to the community. your not hurting yourself but the hard working people that make the City of Myrtle Beach and the surrounding areas what it is today.
The noise that City officials and residents complain about is a great thing. at least you can HEAR the bikes coming, but look at all the CARS that are speeding in the local street and you cannot hear them coming and if an accident accurrs with a motorcycle and a car the first thing you hear is they either had a helmet on not. Peolpe that drive cars and not motorcycles have no respect for the road as much as a motorcyclist does. "LOAD PIPES SAVES LIVES" read it and learn it.
Please get your facts straight before you talk about the 20 year old who died. There was "mayhem" on Ocean Blvd. during the entire BBW. These "local" hoods were on the Blvd. being big shots, waving guns, and driving a "gangsta" car, little men trying to impress other hoods on bikes.

As for your loud pipes, please go to the Daytona Beach Bike Week official page. There is a link on there asking the riders to tone down their "loud pipes" because the noise is disrespectful to the residents of Daytona, esp. at night.

Get over yourself: you are not the only person in the world.
01harleygirl

United States

#16 Jul 16, 2008
And our local news just this very morning ran a segment on all the "deals" at myrtle beach to attract visitors.
Jeffo

Latham, NY

#17 Jul 16, 2008
The only thing that will drive the Rallies out of the Area is for Horry County to enact a ban on special events. If and when MB enacts its ban, the event(s) will just get bigger near the Garden City/Surfside beach/murrells Inlet areas and the Atlantic Beach/little River area. The bikers will just leapfrog MB by using 544 or another route on their way to either end as you can not stop them from riding their bikes.

This ban may end up causing more pain than it relieves and its like trying to get Ducks out of your pond by shooting a rifle in the air. They will leave, but will find another pond on someone elses land thats not too far away.
RDR

Murrells Inlet, SC

#18 Jul 16, 2008
we all know what started this ! the blacks ! dont blame or drag the harley ralley into this because people like BRANT BRANHAM dont have the balls to stand up to them !
RickyD

Bluefield, WV

#20 Jul 16, 2008
we need to cancel all events at costal field and the other sporting events in the city. All the youth and their parents make it hard to get around town. The Baseball, Basketball, and Softball teams cause traffic. These event will cause them to come back for senior week. This will cause more traffic and lewd acts. If we keep welcoming them, they'll buy Bikes and who knows, their parents might relocate here. More people, more traffic. I say cancel all the events year long. Lets not risk MB being a tourist town. We can raise taxes to 20 mil, they will still be less than New Jersey and we won't worry about them Damn teenagers.
Dave D

United States

#22 Jul 16, 2008
Stan Dupp wrote:
Why do Tax Payers have to fund the anti-rally measures?
So that city employees and elected officials can make fact finding trips to over locations to see how they handled their unwanted tourist.

You really wouldn't want the city council to travel to Naples, Fl and stay in a Motel 6 after all.

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