Chamber considers curfew, social media campaign for Bikefest - WMBFNews.com, Myrtle Beach/Florence SC, Weather

Chamber considers curfew, social media campaign for Bikefest 2015

MYRTLEB BEACH, SC (WMBF) - The Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce is back at the drawing board, making plans against Bikefest violence. 

Chamber President Brad Dean says this is not a biker issue, but rather a behavior issue, and other things besides adding more law enforcement need to start happening. 

Dean says the Chamber noticed Bikefest was promoted a certain way on Facebook. Some posts encouraged people to come to Myrtle Beach and do whatever they want. Dean feels this goes against what the Chamber works hard to do daily. They promote Myrtle Beach on social media as a family-friendly destination. 

The Chamber is now planning on joining the conversation. 

"It's social media gone bad," Dean said. "It's a very viral promotional event that's promoted organically by the attendees. We want to turn that model around."

The possibility of curfews was also discussed in Thursday's Chamber meeting. Adding a city curfew has been a topic of conversation since the violence Memorial Day weekend. 

One local lawyer does not think a curfew is the answer, especially if sending out the right message is a concern. 

"Once we start putting a curfew on Myrtle Beach, we are admitting that we are a beach that's not safe," says Jim Irvin, Senior Partner at The Irvin Law Firm.

Irvin feels this would send a red flag to the millions of people that visit Myrtle Beach each year. He says curfews can go both ways. Some believe they can help police officers focus on other crimes that may be going on, but others feel that it's a waste of time and police babysit the youth. 

Dean says the Chamber notices there is a younger generation involved in the Bikefest craze which is why they plan on using an outlet they are constantly connected to: social media. 

Dean believes starting this campaign sooner rather than later will help get the message out that people coming to the area for Memorial Day weekend need to obey the city's laws.

Bike Fest may or may not be canceled next year, and Dean feels with Atlantic Beach's reluctance to end the event, it is the surrounding local leaders' responsibility to start preparing for next year regardless. 

Chamber President Dean says a curfew and a social media campaign are amongst many things being talked about right now and even though it's a year away, they need to keep brain storming ideas for a safe Memorial Day 2015. 

Copyright 2014 WMBF News. All rights reserved.

  • Local NewsLocalMore>>

  • Police: Woman shot at, punched ex-boyfriend in Walmart parking lot

    Police: Woman shot at, punched ex-boyfriend in Walmart parking lot

    Sunday, July 15 2018 2:04 PM EDT2018-07-15 18:04:53 GMT
    Source: PixabaySource: Pixabay
    Source: PixabaySource: Pixabay
    NORTH MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - Warrants could be issued as early as Sunday after a Myrtle Beach woman allegedly shot at her ex-boyfriend  and his new girlfriend in the parking lot of Walmart on Highway 17. North Myrtle Beach spokesman Pat Dowling says the incident happened in the parking lot around 1:20 a.m.. According to authorities the female suspect followed her ex-boyfriend to the Walmart before confronting him and punching him several times in the face. Dowling ...More >>
    NORTH MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - Warrants could be issued as early as Sunday after a Myrtle Beach woman allegedly shot at her ex-boyfriend  and his new girlfriend in the parking lot of Walmart on Highway 17. North Myrtle Beach spokesman Pat Dowling says the incident happened in the parking lot around 1:20 a.m.. According to authorities the female suspect followed her ex-boyfriend to the Walmart before confronting him and punching him several times in the face. Dowling ...More >>
  • One killed, one hurt after dumpster falls on workers at Campbell's factory in Maxton

    One killed, one hurt after dumpster falls on workers at Campbell's factory in Maxton

    Sunday, July 15 2018 1:39 PM EDT2018-07-15 17:39:28 GMT
    (Source: Raycom Media)(Source: Raycom Media)
    (Source: Raycom Media)(Source: Raycom Media)
    ROBESON COUNTY, NC (WMBF) - One man is dead and another seriously injured after an incident at the Campbell's Soup factory in Maxton Sunday morning. According to Sheriff Kenneth Sealey deputies responded to a 911 call around 11 a.m. Authorities believe the workers were attempting to move a dumpster using a forklift when it shifted, falling on two people.  The status of the seriously injured man is unknown at this time.  Sealey says the incident is still under investi...More >>
    ROBESON COUNTY, NC (WMBF) - One man is dead and another seriously injured after an incident at the Campbell's Soup factory in Maxton Sunday morning. According to Sheriff Kenneth Sealey deputies responded to a 911 call around 11 a.m. Authorities believe the workers were attempting to move a dumpster using a forklift when it shifted, falling on two people.  The status of the seriously injured man is unknown at this time.  Sealey says the incident is still under investi...More >>
  • North Myrtle Beach Police searching for alleged shoplifter

    North Myrtle Beach Police searching for alleged shoplifter

    Sunday, July 15 2018 11:51 AM EDT2018-07-15 15:51:22 GMT
    Source: North Myrtle Beach Department of Public Safety FB pageSource: North Myrtle Beach Department of Public Safety FB page

    NORTH MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - Police need your help searching for a woman accused of shoplifting in North Myrtle Beach on Friday. Authorities believe the suspect is driving a newer model, 4-door sedan. Details are limited at this time however police have provided photographs of the woman and her vehicle. If you have any information about the suspect or her whereabouts you are asked to contact North Myrtle Beach Police at 843-280-5549. Copyright 2018 WMBF News. All rig...

    More >>

    NORTH MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - Police need your help searching for a woman accused of shoplifting in North Myrtle Beach on Friday. Authorities believe the suspect is driving a newer model, 4-door sedan. Details are limited at this time however police have provided photographs of the woman and her vehicle. If you have any information about the suspect or her whereabouts you are asked to contact North Myrtle Beach Police at 843-280-5549. Copyright 2018 WMBF News. All rig...

    More >>
Powered by Frankly