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Atlantic Beach welcomes Bikefest 2015

ATLANTIC BEACH, SC (WMBF) - Starting Thursday morning, vendors began setting up, groups of bikers were rolling in, and police were making their presence known.

As vendors begin to line the streets and set up their stations, many have already had a visit from Atlantic Beach Police Chief Tim Taylor.

"I've seen him several times today, he's talked with me personally and has given me his cell phone number, and said if I had any problems at all to call him personally," Dale Johnson said.

A visit from Taylor is something they can't say happened last year, and some bikers already in town for the event, admit it changes from year to year.

"Every year it seems maybe a little bit rowdier," Lisa Moriss said.

To prevent the trend from taking on another year, Chief Taylor says police patrols will be heavy.

"We're going to have anywhere from 75 officers here, in the city limits here in Atlantic Beach, there's also going to be officers all out on 17, Highway Patrol is going to be monitoring the traffic, so we're going to have over one hundred officers in this area," Taylor explained.

The crowds are noticing the increase, and aren't bothered by it.

"I think that will be a great thing, because people who are coming from far off distance will feel a lot more safe knowing that the police are out here, and there won't be a lot of craziness going on, just a nice good spot, for the bikers to come and hang out," Carla Thomas said.

Chief Taylor agrees the majority of the crowd is coming here to enjoy themselves on vacation, but he wants people to know they will not be able to get away with crime in Atlantic Beach and if they try, Taylor says they could end their vacation, on probation.


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