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Gov. Haley: Bikefest to end if not ‘properly handled’

"What happened last Memorial Day was not peaceful," Governor Haley said. "What we saw were three deaths, we saw other shootings and injuries, and we saw an absolute embarrassment to the state of south Carolina." (Source: Conor McCue) "What happened last Memorial Day was not peaceful," Governor Haley said. "What we saw were three deaths, we saw other shootings and injuries, and we saw an absolute embarrassment to the state of south Carolina." (Source: Conor McCue)
The Governor said she is amazed that Atlantic Beach officials continue to talk about the $30,000 in revenue they made on Bikefest. (Source: Conor McCue) The Governor said she is amazed that Atlantic Beach officials continue to talk about the $30,000 in revenue they made on Bikefest. (Source: Conor McCue)

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - Before a packed crowd Monday, South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley didn't pull any punches when talking about Bikefest.

"What happened last Memorial Day was not peaceful," Governor Haley said. "What we saw were three deaths, we saw other shootings and injuries, and we saw an absolute embarrassment to the state of south Carolina."

For months the governor has been vehemently against the Memorial Day street festival but said she is willing to try and fix the problems moving forward.

She said to make the weekend work; state and local officials need to find a balance between protecting people and protecting their first amendment rights.

"This is a way for us to find out if we can keep law and order, but more importantly if we can keep peace," the Governor said.

While Haley praised agencies like Myrtle Beach and North Myrtle Beach for their cooperation, she made it clear, she isn't happy at all with the town of Atlantic Beach.

"I just wish we could get more respect and involvement from the people of Atlantic Beach," Haley explained. "I've gone and talked to their council, this group has gone and talked to them, we've got nothing, we haven't even gotten a response."

The Governor said she is amazed that Atlantic Beach officials continue to talk about the $30,000 in revenue they made on Bikefest.

She said her administration has spent 1.2 million dollars on resources and personnel.

"It would be really nice if the city of Atlantic Beach would step up and say 'you know what, we have a role to play in this and maybe we should step up and do something about it,'" she said.

Finishing up, Haley said 2015 will test all those involved in Bikefest.

She said it comes down to how well departments work together and if they can use their resources the right way.

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Myrtle Beach, SC (WMBF) - Before a packed crowd today, SouthCarolina governor Nikki Haley didn't pull any punches when talking about BikeFest.

 "What happened last memorial day was not peaceful," Said Governor Haley.  "What we saw were three deaths, we saw other shootings and injuries,  and we saw an absolute embarrassment to the state of south Carolina."

For months the governor has been vehemently against the MemorialDay street festival but says she is willing to try and fix the problems moving forward.

She says to make the weekend work; state and local officials need to find a balance between protecting people and protecting their first amendment rights. 

 "This is a way for gusto find out if we can keep law and order, but more importantly if we can keep peace," the Governor said.  

While Haley praised agencies like Myrtle Beach and NorthMyrtle Beach for their cooperation, she made it clear, she isn't happy at all with the town of Atlantic Beach. 

 "I just wish we could get more respect and involvement from the people of Atlantic Beach," explainedHaley. "I've gone and talked to their council, this group has gone and talked to them, we've got nothing, we haven't even gotten a response."

The Governor says she is amazed that Atlantic Beach officials continue to talk about the 30-thousand dollars in revenue they make on Bike fest. 

She says her administration has spent 1.2 million dollars onresources and personnel. 

:"It would be really nice if the city of Atlantic Beachwould step up and say you know what, we have a role to play in this and maybewe should step up and do something about it," she said.

Finishing up, Haley says 2015 will test all those involvedin Bike Fest. 

She says it comes down to how well departments work togetherand if they can use their resources the right way.

Myrtle Beach, SC (WMBF) - Before a packed crowd today, South Carolina governor Nikki Haley didn't pull any punches when talking about Bike Fest.

"What happened last memorial day was not peaceful," Said Governor Haley. "What we saw were three deaths, we saw other shootings and injuries, and we saw an absolute embarrassment to the state of south Carolina."

For months the governor has been vehemently against the Memorial Day street festival but says she is willing to try and fix the problems moving forward.

She says to make the weekend work; state and local officials need to find a balance between protecting people and protecting their first amendment rights.

"This is a way for us to find out if we can keep law and order, but more importantly if we can keep peace," the Governor said.

While Haley praised agencies like Myrtle Beach and North Myrtle Beach for their cooperation, she made it clear, she isn't happy at all with the town of Atlantic Beach.

"I just wish we could get more respect and involvement from the people of Atlantic Beach," explained Haley. "I've gone and talked to their council, this group has gone and talked to them, we've got nothing, we haven't even gotten a response."

The Governor says she is amazed that Atlantic Beach officials continue to talk about the 30-thousand dollars in revenue they make on Bike fest.

She says her administration has spent 1.2 million dollars on resources and personnel.

:"It would be really nice if the city of Atlantic Beach would step up and say you know what, we have a role to play in this and maybe we should step up and do something about it," she said.

Finishing up, Haley says 2015 will test all those involved in Bike Fest.

She says it comes down to how well departments work together and if they can use their resources the right way.

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