Consider This - A New May

By Ted Fortenberry - bio | email

This week we learned about another event planned for Memorial Day weekend, targeting kids and families with a Disney-themed lineup of singers and actors that will certainly get the attention of anyone in their early teens and younger. And when you get the kids, you get the parents.

It's somewhat humorous to hear the comments from all the naysayers, many of whom don't even live in the city limits of Myrtle Beach, who come out of the woodwork when a new event is announced. These people bash the idea regardless of what it is, and in the process try their best to claim the area will soon dry up and blow away due to the loss of the bike rallies. In fairness to the whiners, I will say that one area we felt was not handled well by city leaders was the decision to eliminate the bike rallies without a plan in place to replace those guests.

But Consider This: Many business and tourism leaders, along with the help of the city of Myrtle Beach, are doing something and we can either continue to complain about the loss of the bikers or get on board with the plans to rebuild May. The bike rallies as they were once known are not coming back, so we have two options: reinvent ourselves or continue to gripe and complain and accomplish nothing. Fortunately, most local business leaders are survivors and are smart enough to adapt to the changing conditions. I'll place my bet on them any day of the week, and I am optimistic they will succeed.

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