ATLANTIC BEACH, SC (WMBF) - Documents released this week by the Town of Atlantic Beach, over three months after WMBF News submitted a Freedom of Information Act request, reveal new details about the town's plans and staffing on Memorial Day weekend 2014.
The Town of Atlantic Beach gave WMBF News almost 200 pages of records regarding Bike Fest and Memorial Day Weekend.
The FOIA Request WMBF News sent to Atlantic Beach asked for any and all communications sent to or from the town council, community members, the police chief, the town manager, and the town clerk regarding the Bike Rally or Memorial Day Weekend.
WMBF News asked for documents from April 1, 2014 to May 28th 2014. We also asked for that same time frame in 2013, but did not receive it.
In nearly 200 pages, Atlantic Beach Town Mayor Jake Evans is sent one email, but town manager William Booker says that's because the town council is not involved with the event planning the way he is and most of what they discuss during meetings.
Many of the documents show SLED reached out to Booker a number of times to ensure conditions were right for officers.
One email asked for working plumbing because it was not the case the year before.
One of the event planners expressed concerns about there being enough security.
We've been asking Booker for months how many officers were brought into Atlantic Beach for the weekend.
Though he still could not give a definite amount, Booker says there were at least 40 to 50 officers who worked in shifts.
While the shootings did not take place in the town of Atlantic Beach, municipalities around the town all listed concerns and complaints from that weekend's activities.
Booker explains things will be changing, and he will not be directly involved with police affairs because now the new police chief is full-time and able to be that go-between.
Chief Taylor will also be attending next week's Special Events Summit put on by the Myrtle Beach Police Department. Booker says they haven't worked with them in over five years.
Atlantic Beach received help from several agencies, yet the only agreement on file is with North Myrtle Beach. Booker says this is because they are both municipalities and they had to have a mutual aid agreement where as county and state automatically have jurisdiction.