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'Community Ambassadors' commit to help keep the streets safe Memorial Day weekend

The community ambassador groups will work in shifts from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m., 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. and an optional shift of 8 p.m. to 12 a.m. The community ambassador groups will work in shifts from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m., 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. and an optional shift of 8 p.m. to 12 a.m.

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - On a weekend many admit they've tried to avoid in the past, more than 50 community members have committed to help police during Memorial Day Weekend's Bikefest event by serving as "Community Ambassadors."

"It was awful, it was awful. We couldn't get out of our own houses. They partied all night long and the Exxon, we live right there next to Family Kingdom. They stayed up all night," Patty Canupp said.

Canupp and many others have reached a point where staying inside just won't cut it anymore.

"You just can't close your eyes, and pretend it's not there, you just have to jump in and help everybody and make the best of it," Lynne Baronoff added.

Even though the event hasn't delivered the best headlines, these volunteers say they aren't afraid. Many agree there are only a few people causing the trouble, and they will feel safe working in numbers.

"With small groups like we are going to have, and being security people around I think that changes the whole realm of if you see someone like that. I feel safer that way," Gail Dunham explained.

The community ambassador groups will work in shifts from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m., 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. and an optional shift of 8 p.m. to 12 a.m. However, they will be stationed with security officers and police officers not too far away.

Some feel people will choose to go to them with their questions, ".. and they'll listen and say 'Oh right, that's why you are doing that'...' This is why we have to do this'... because I've heard a lot of repercussions about having a loop," Dunham said.

"After Wednesday night's training session, these community ambassadors felt much better about the traffic loop, including "what streets and how people are going to be able to get from one place to the other with this loop," Lynne Baronoff said.

With everyone on the same page, between the community, business owners, and police, these community ambassadors are feeling confident this Memorial Day weekend will go smoothly.

"This is the reason I'm volunteering to get out and show people they can make a difference in our town," Canupp said.

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