Local Viewpoint - Bike Rallies - 9/9

By Ted Fortenberry - bio | email

The City of Myrtle Beach is actively pursuing numerous options to decrease the influx of bikers for the annual May events. The city leaders in Myrtle Beach are merely doing what they think is best for the citizens of their city.

Often, the entire stretch of the Grand Strand is referred to as Myrtle Beach, especially by visitors. But as we know, Myrtle Beach proper encompasses only one section of the area. And for those people who live outside the actual city limits of Myrtle Beach, they really have no say in regards to what the city leaders decide.

From our local view, Myrtle Beach Council is only doing what they think is best for their city and the city residents, and based on the actions we have witnessed from some of these guests, especially the rowdy Memorial Day riders, we can't blame them. It is unacceptable for these bikers to think they can invade the Grand Strand and behave in a manner that would be inappropriate in their own communities.

The Grand Strand area has become one of the country's favorite beach destinations by targeting families. Unfortunately, the May bike events don't fit with that brand.

Hopefully other governmental groups in the region - especially Horry County Council - will initiate similar efforts that are being discussed by the city of Myrtle Beach. They are looking out for the best interest of their residents and should be commended for their willingness to take a stand.

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