City Council discusses safety plans for Memorial Day weekend

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - The Myrtle Beach City Council met behind closed doors to discuss specific solutions against Bikefest violence, but Mayor John Rhodes wants to assure people that change is coming.

Even though council members unanimously agreed to go into a private executive session earlier today, one of the goals that came out of that was being more transparent with the public and media about their Bikefest plans.

Mayor Rhodes addressed one of the shootings that took place over Memorial Day Weekend.

The Bermuda Sands shooting investigation lead to Summerville, South Carolina, and now the Summerville Police Department is joining the Bikefest violence conversation.

The other things they talked about were Ocean Boulevard traffic control, and help the city will need from surrounding government agencies​.

"We're going to have to have help. We are going to have to have the whole community kind of united behind whatever we do to get this reigned in," says Councilman Randal Wallace.

He says they are trying to find ways to control issues, even if they don't originate here in Myrtle Beach.

The Summerville Police Department issued a news release stating they will be holding a news conference for the Myrtle Beach Police Department this Wednesday to discuss the Bermuda Sands shooting. Investigators say it stemmed from possible gang violence that started in Summerville.

Mayor Rhodes believes the two agencies working together will lead to answers. He is eager to hear from the county as well as the city police departments at the summit next month.

Mayor Rhodes believes council will then have a better handle on which solutions are feasIble for the City of Myrtle Beach.

As far as a timeline goes, Rhodes hopes to see some plans start to form within the next two months.​

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