MB planning panel supports zoning to ...

MB planning panel supports zoning to deflate bike rallies

There are 8 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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Myrtle Beach, SC

#1 Jul 16, 2008
SO that would take care of any special events for Memorial Day or Mothers Day or other "family activities". Is this what they call cutting off your nose to spite your face?

Macon, GA

#2 Jul 16, 2008
Communication between the chairmen of both biker weekends and the city is vital to keep these vibrant weekends happening in our area. The economic impact from the festivals is important to the community.

Charleston, SC

#3 Jul 16, 2008
HDJJ wrote:
SO that would take care of any special events for Memorial Day or Mothers Day or other "family activities". Is this what they call cutting off your nose to spite your face?
would it? do all special events need to have vendors?

Myrtle Beach, SC

#4 Jul 16, 2008
Nick wrote:
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would it? do all special events need to have vendors?
I have yet to see any public event here that did not have at least some sort of liquid refreshments being sold. I believe that they are required to get vendor licenses.

Pawleys Island, SC

#5 Aug 6, 2008
the local people does not want the bike fest to happened in myrtlebeach because of the noise but it is a boost in the economy for the locals, but if the officals keep raising the taxes down here, there will not be anyone here (blacks) to work manily at the hotels. Besides, what harm are the bikers doing but hurting themselves!!!!

Pawleys Island, SC

#6 Aug 6, 2008
so you mean to tell me that there should not be any type of special activity on the sidewalk for the month of may unless vendors or whomever shall have permits to sell. and besides like someone said why not have the rallies early on in the year. you can not stop people from coming to the beach

Since: Dec 07

Longs, SC

#7 Aug 6, 2008
Bike rally solution proposed By Mike Cherney - [email protected]

Bike rally forum tonight

A resolution that would limit the number of vendor permits that Horry County can sell for the May bike rallies to 250 and reduce the Harley Davidson spring rally from 10 days to seven days has been proposed to Horry County Council. About 400 permits were sold this year. The council is scheduled to meet on Tuesday, and Pat Hartley, the council clerk, said the bike rallies are on the council's draft agenda, which had yet to be finalized Tuesday morning. The resolution would also require that vendors be equally spread out over the county to reduce congestion and noise. This year, many vendors congregated on the county's south end. Some residents have complained that the Harley Davidson spring rally and the Atlantic Beach Bikefest, both in May, bring unwanted noise and crime to the Myrtle Beach area. The county estimated up to 275,000 people attended each rally. Myrtle Beach approved a property tax increase earlier this year to fund efforts aimed at eliminating the rallies. "There's going to be some type of reasonable compromise on both sides," said Councilman Harold Worley, who supports the most recent county proposal. "I believe this is pretty close to it. Could it be amended somewhat? Yes, but at least there is something on the table to create debate." Mike Shank, a partner in Festival Promotions, which markets the bike rallies, said the proposal seemed like a good starting point for discussion.

THIS IS GREAT!! Pro Rally 1 / Anti Rally 0.

Mount Pleasant, SC

#8 Aug 13, 2008
My wife and I own businesses in Myrtle Beach and Charleston. We were actually gearing up to move to Myrtle Beach the last six months.

Living in Charleston you have to deal with carriages and tourists 365 days a year. We knew that before we moved to Charleston. We expect the same situation in Myrtle Beach. In other words, if you don't like the ocean, stay out of it.

Now, my wife and I are unsure of the move as moving to Myrtle Beach would be like moving to Russia or China. What would happen if someone who had nothing to do with the beach, or anything related to the beach, was murdered at the beach? Would city council close and virtually ban/outlaw the beach?

Some of the powers that be in Charleston were not in favor of the Heritage Bike Rally but didn't compromise our freedoms and try to stop it. They were smart enough to understand the extensive ramifications and message sent out by their actions. I have spoken to many, many people from in and out of state during our normal business dealings that stated they would not visit or would not be visiting/vacationing in Myrtle due to their closed ideas and what amount to "tolitarian enactments" regarding the bike weeks.

While vacation dollars are being spent elsewhere, so might our business dollars. We are, depending on the overall outcome of the rallies, planning to possibly close business in Myrtle Beach as "they" might decide they don't like our type of business (weddings) and ban them in MB. They already have banned weddings from occuring on Myrtle Beach proper. All the more money going to North Myrtle Beach and Cherry Grove.

Too bad a minority of elected but grossly misinformed and opinionated people control and dictate to an entire population. What freedom. Holister?

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