Vendor permit numbers down for Harley Davidson bike rally

Horry County, SC - By Chandi Lowry - bio | email

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - Officials in Horry County say they're seeing a decrease in vendor permits in Horry County for the 2010 Harley Davidson "Cruisin' the Coast" spring rally.

Eighty-one permits in all have been issued for the event, which is down from 146 permits in previous years.

Myrtle Beach Harley Davidson Owner Phil Schoonover says although the number has dropped almost 50 percent, it's not stopping bikers from taking part in the annual spring pilgrimmage to the beach.

Workers at the Harley Davidson store in Myrtle Beach on Kings Highway set up a tent full of merchandise on Thursday to get ready for their rally.

"As long as there are avenues to still enjoy the ride that's what they are going to do," said Mike Hall, a biker.

Horry County spokeswoman Lisa Bourcier said the county shortened vending activity from 10 to seven days and changed vending zones from three to six.

"We had a lot of complaints concerning traffic congestion and outdoor congestion when it comes to places east of the waterway," she said. "What we did was we broke up the county into more zones and tried to and tried to push a lot of the vending west of the waterway to help with traffic and outdoor activity."

Schoonover explained these moves are stopping more vendors from coming to the rally.

"It saddens me. Every business in the grand strand community has lost for shortening this up," said Schoonover.

Bourcier said the county has already prepared for the decrease of vendor permits in their budget.

Vendors are allowed to start setting up tents on May 10. The rally ends on the May 16.

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