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Gov. Haley tells area leaders: No more Bikefest
WMBF ^ | 30 May 2014 | WMBF Staff

Posted on 06/01/2014 6:12:13 AM PDT by Gamecock

CONWAY, SC (WMBF) – Governor Nikki Haley said that she wants Bikefest to end in the Grand Strand at a meeting with area leaders Friday morning.

Gov. Haley had been scheduled to meet with leaders at the Conway Emergency Operations Center to discuss hurricane preparedness, but after the string of violent incidents over Memorial Day Weekend, Myrtle Beach Mayor John Rhodes and other leaders said they wanted to discuss these issues with the governor.

"There is nothing worse that a governor wants to see than Myrtle Beach on the front page of USA Today in a negative light," Gov. Haley said. "In a time where we are trying to improve the tourism in South Carolina, trying to bring jobs to South Carolina trying to show everybody why Horry County is such a great place to live, work, vacation and raise a family, this was not something to be proud of."

Gov. Haley said that the string of shootings that left three people dead and more injured was not a problem with law enforcement, but a problem with the event itself.

"This is no longer a law enforcement issue," Gov. Haley said. "Our law enforcement was stellar. We had more than enough people – 273 we sent from the state."

She questioned how Atlantic Beach leaders could claim the violence wasn't the result of Bikefest, and reiterated that the whole event has to go. She added that she intends to sit down with the Atlantic Beach leadership to discuss how to boost the economy and tourism for the area without Bikefest.

"It is time for that Bikefest to come to an end, and that is the way that I am going to talk to the elected officials of Atlantic Beach, and I think it's time for everybody in Horry County to come together and say, ‘No more. We are proud of our state, we are proud of the look of our state, we are proud of the actions of our state, we are proud of the people of our state," Gov. Haley said.

Myrtle Beach Mayor Rhodes, North Myrtle Beach Mayor Marilyn Hatley, Horry County Council Chairman Mark Lazarus, and Myrtle Beach Councilman Randal Wallace were all pleased to hear what the governor had to say.

"That is what I wanted to hear," Mayor Rhodes said.

The Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce released the following statement in response to Haley's remarks Friday afternoon:

"We want to applaud Gov. Haley and thank her for providing the necessary leadership and recognizing the activities surrounding the Memorial Day Bikefest attracts far too many problems. We would like to restore Memorial Day weekend to what it was meant to be, and stand ready to work with the governor, our local governments, the business community and our citizens to make that happen." Earlier, in a letter to Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce members, Dean made the following remarks: "The Myrtle Beach area is one of America's premier vacation destinations, welcoming 16.1 million visitors a year. Thankfully, we only have to deal with this level of senseless crime and random acts of violence one weekend each year. Unfortunately, this situation is all too familiar. What should have been a stellar weekend celebrating our military heroes and kicking off the summer season has once again been marred by criminals and felons who show no regard for our laws. The loss of life seen over the Memorial Day weekend is tragic, and we must do everything in our power to prevent this from happening again. We, as a community, must act in a responsible and caring manner to protect our citizens, visitors and businesses. We should not allow the unfortunate circumstances of this one weekend to define us as a community."


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1 posted on 06/01/2014 6:12:13 AM PDT by Gamecock
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To: Gamecock
Weekend of violence has Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce president on damage control
2 posted on 06/01/2014 6:19:02 AM PDT by Gamecock (#BringTheAdultsBackToDC)
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To: Gamecock

Ruh Roh! Gov. Haley will now be tarred and feathered due to her racis’ attitude towards the Black Bike Bash in Myrtle Beach. How dare she bus’ up the fun?


3 posted on 06/01/2014 6:22:43 AM PDT by rktman (Ethnicity: Nascarian. Race: Daytonafivehundrian)
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To: Gamecock

Isn’t it racist to oppose anything blacks want to do?


4 posted on 06/01/2014 6:23:44 AM PDT by hal ogen (First Amendment or Reeducation Camp?)
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To: Gamecock

So its that Atlanta Freaknic trainweck on bikes.
What a nightmare .


5 posted on 06/01/2014 6:24:48 AM PDT by ncalburt ( Amnesty-media out in full force)
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To: rktman

In before the “That’s Racist!” kid.


6 posted on 06/01/2014 6:25:17 AM PDT by CrazyIvan (I lost my phased plasma rifle in a tragic hovercraft accident.)
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To: Gamecock

Is the Bike Week event a black oriented event?

I know the Urban Beach Weekend in Florida is a black themed event. I was surprised they call it “urban” because the liberals have told us that for a conservative to say the word “urban” is a racist code word.


7 posted on 06/01/2014 6:25:57 AM PDT by Dilbert San Diego (et)
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To: Dilbert San Diego

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Black_Bike_Week


8 posted on 06/01/2014 6:28:05 AM PDT by Ouderkirk (To the left, everything must evidence that this or that strand of leftist theory is true)
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To: Gamecock
Another article mentioned that there was a recent Harley Davidson bike fest in Myrtle Beach that was violence-free. Turns out it was mostly white. Pretty much every video I've seen of black bike week is NSFW. These people are acting like hoodlums.

It's long past time for black America to grow up and join the civilized world. I'm tired of their excuses and it looks like others are as well.

9 posted on 06/01/2014 6:29:08 AM PDT by Drew68
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To: Gamecock

Note that article no where notes that the event was taken over by black bikers.

Word has it that they not only don’t tip at the eating places, many walk out without paying at all and local businesses want it gone too......


10 posted on 06/01/2014 6:29:32 AM PDT by Arlis
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To: CrazyIvan

The lyin’king responds: “If I were a biker, I’d look a lot like xxx (fill in the blank)” I’m thinkin’ he’d look like a doofus like he does riding his bike in mom jeans.


11 posted on 06/01/2014 6:31:56 AM PDT by rktman (Ethnicity: Nascarian. Race: Daytonafivehundrian)
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To: Gamecock

Ho’ County?


12 posted on 06/01/2014 6:32:22 AM PDT by Paladin2
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To: Gamecock
As a lifelong (damn near 60 years) motorcyclist, I say good on Gov. Haley.
Since 1965, I have seen Daytona, Loudon, Sturgis and others deteriorate from a wonderful racing week to drunken near riots. Last time I went to Daytona (2004) I said, “never again”. And to you Johnny come latelys, that think it is all about a rally and partying and blowing off steam, they all three started with racing. In 1972 the Dayton 200 was the most prestigious motorcycle race in the world with entries from Europe, South America, North America and Asia. What a week! Now it is all gone. Just a biker party .
13 posted on 06/01/2014 6:36:44 AM PDT by Tupelo (I feel more like Philip Nolan every day)
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To: Gamecock

I stayed in a motel from Sunday through Thursday this week in Myrtle Beach. Sunday was the last full day of black bike week. The motel was insane. There was screaming and hollering in the hallways until 3 AM. One person drowned in the pool. I did see a surprising number of rather large butts wearing Daisy Duke hotpants, hanging off the back of sport bikes.

The crowd also included a surprising number of black women on ornate sport bikes. Fully 10% of the motorcycles were Harleys this year. That is a big increase from past years.

The locals told me that although traffic was very high in their businesses, tips were almost nonexistent during the week. They also commented that in the previous week, regular bike week, there had been no trouble, tips were good, and the patrons were pleasant.


14 posted on 06/01/2014 6:39:28 AM PDT by FXRP
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To: Gamecock

It’s overdue but even conservative fave Haley tiptoes around the real issue.

The mayor is overwhelmed with relief at passing the buck. Now he can get back to the important business of banning beach tents in a city where the beach is the primary draw. Next week’s agenda: blotting out the sun.


15 posted on 06/01/2014 6:41:48 AM PDT by relictele (Principiis obsta & Finem respice - Resist The Beginnings & Consider The End)
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To: FXRP
The locals told me that although traffic was very high in their businesses, tips were almost nonexistent during the week.

Not surprising, anyone who's ever worked in the restaurant business knows that to be a constant. Notoriously bad tippers pretty much across the board.

16 posted on 06/01/2014 6:46:42 AM PDT by usconservative (When The Ballot Box No Longer Counts, The Ammunition Box Does. (What's In Your Ammo Box?))
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To: Tupelo
Last time I went to Daytona (2004) I said, “never again”.

Me, too. What a mess. But, then, I like riding alone anyway.

17 posted on 06/01/2014 6:55:25 AM PDT by TangoLimaSierra (To win the country back, we need to be as mean as the libs say we are.)
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To: upchuck

SC ping.


18 posted on 06/01/2014 6:58:31 AM PDT by Gamecock (#BringTheAdultsBackToDC)
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To: Arlis

There are two events in Myrtle Beach....

May 9 – 18, 2014 — Spring Rally

May 23 - 26, 2014 — Atlantic Beach Fest

There are also a couple schedule for the fall


19 posted on 06/01/2014 7:26:04 AM PDT by deport
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To: deport

Link to a listing of the major bike events across the nation.

http://www.cyclefish.com/browse_events.php?major=1


20 posted on 06/01/2014 7:29:31 AM PDT by deport
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To: Arlis

“Note that article no where notes that the event was taken over by black bikers.”

Actually a separate event. You have ‘Bike Week’, and then ‘Black Bike Week’.


21 posted on 06/01/2014 7:31:38 AM PDT by bk1000 (A clear conscience is a sure sign of a poor memory)
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To: Dilbert San Diego

What the heck is an urban beach? Coney Island???


22 posted on 06/01/2014 7:35:07 AM PDT by a fool in paradise (The new witchhunt: "Do you NOW, . . . or have you EVER , . . supported traditional marriage?")
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To: Gamecock

Ya know, I still see this woman as quietly becoming presidential material. We’ll see how soon the knives come out for her.


23 posted on 06/01/2014 7:38:20 AM PDT by jimjohn (You don't get the kind of government you want, or the kind you need. You get the kind you deserve.)
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To: relictele
It’s overdue but even conservative fave Haley tiptoes around the real issue.

The mayor is overwhelmed with relief at passing the buck. Now he can get back to the important business of banning beach tents in a city where the beach is the primary draw. Next week’s agenda: blotting out the sun.


What I'm hearing is that this particular Bikefest is a racial gathering. There are other biker gatherings at the beach that are not.

It's a cultural divide. A chance encounter of the roaders and the stay-at-home-except-one-yearly-vacation-at-the-beachers.

Or sorta something like that maybe.
24 posted on 06/01/2014 7:38:41 AM PDT by Resettozero
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To: bk1000
You have ‘Bike Week’, and then ‘Black Bike Week’.

There must be all kinda outrage over that by the left. You know... separate but equal. But clearly, that doesn't work... as there is a culture difference and one culture simply "Can't have nice things". I expect an integrated bike week as a result and then all the crime and murder and rape can be pinned on whitey.

25 posted on 06/01/2014 7:42:12 AM PDT by Rodamala
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To: Drew68

“Pretty much every video I’ve seen of black bike week is NSFW. These people are acting like hoodlums.”

These “people” ARE hoodlums.

I ride and none of the events that I attend turn out like this one. The 2MBTDC ride was the same weekend as Myrtle Beach. Check out the violence and mayhem there. ZERO


26 posted on 06/01/2014 8:23:25 AM PDT by CPONav
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To: Tupelo
Sorry to hear. I used to crew for an EBC endurance bike, Team Magic. I went to Daytona four times starting about twenty years ago. Didn't get much time away from the track but enjoyed what I did see.
27 posted on 06/01/2014 8:23:36 AM PDT by CrazyIvan (I lost my phased plasma rifle in a tragic hovercraft accident.)
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To: jimjohn
"Ya know, I still see this woman as quietly becoming presidential material. We’ll see how soon the knives come out for her."

Haley has had on going skirmishes with the GOP dominated State Legislature. I am sure the SC GOPe has a real or imagined dossier ready to go against Nicki if her ambitions grow to large.

As to Myrtle Beach, even if the bike weeks did not exist, it has become a resort area that is really not appealing to social conservatives or families. I guess moral decay is everywhere, even in the South.

28 posted on 06/01/2014 8:37:39 AM PDT by buckalfa (Tilting at Windmills)
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To: buckalfa
As to Myrtle Beach, even if the bike weeks did not exist, it has become a resort area that is really not appealing to social conservatives or families.

Some of the more appealing beach areas used to manage their clientele by high-pricing. Not working anymore.
29 posted on 06/01/2014 8:48:14 AM PDT by Resettozero
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To: Rodamala

“I expect an integrated bike week as a result and then all the crime and murder and rape can be pinned on whitey.”

The above is predicated upon white bikers allowing blacks to rob, beat, rape and kill them.

Questionable, very questionable.


30 posted on 06/01/2014 8:55:11 AM PDT by GladesGuru (Islam Delenda Est - because of what Islam is and because of what Muslims do.)
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To: bk1000

“...and then ‘Black Bike Week”
aka: Buck Week.


31 posted on 06/01/2014 8:55:34 AM PDT by VMI70
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To: Arlis

City council in MB held a meeting this past Tuesday, and the locals turned out in force. In this video of the meeting,(47 minutes) the residents told what really happened. Disgusting. http://www.wmbfnews.com/category/240215/video-landing-page?clipId=10205569&autostart=true


32 posted on 06/01/2014 10:01:44 AM PDT by neal1960 (D m cr ts S ck. Would you like to buy a vowel?)
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To: Rodamala

That’s why they may have to shut both bike weeks down, to avoid accusations of racism.


33 posted on 06/01/2014 10:04:06 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: buckalfa
Haley has had on going skirmishes with the GOP dominated State Legislature.

That is true. But if you study it, you'll find that mostly the skirmishes have to do with her being more conservative than the legislature.

34 posted on 06/01/2014 11:10:22 AM PDT by upchuck (Support ABLE, the Anybody But Lindsey Effort. Yes, we are the ABLE!!)
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35 posted on 06/01/2014 11:11:46 AM PDT by upchuck (Support ABLE, the Anybody But Lindsey Effort. Yes, we are the ABLE!!)
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36 posted on 06/01/2014 11:13:35 AM PDT by upchuck (Support ABLE, the Anybody But Lindsey Effort. Yes, we are the ABLE!!)
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To: Gamecock

Bikefest on a beach??

I didn’t didn’t know urban yutes could ride bike OR swim.


37 posted on 06/01/2014 11:47:08 AM PDT by Fightin Whitey
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To: Rodamala

” I expect an integrated bike week as a result and then all the crime and murder and rape can be pinned on whitey. “

For those who are not aware, one week there is bike week. It is integrated and all are welcome. There is very little trouble and merchants make lots of money. The bikers are primarily middle-aged, mostly white, mostly middle class and well behaved.

The following weekend (Friday-Monday Memorial Day) is black bike week. It’s a mess. Crime is rampant. Businesses are trashed. This year there were multiple murders. Myrtle Beach banned bike weeks, so the official event is one beach over now, but all of the bikers go to Myrtle Beach anyway. The bikers are mostly under 30, almost all are black or Hispanic. There is a large contingent of 18-22 year old males who do not necessarily own a motorcycle. They rent mopeds and ride up and down the strip.


38 posted on 06/01/2014 1:42:20 PM PDT by FXRP
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To: Drew68
join the civilized world.

Actually isn't it more like "re-join" the civilized world?

There was a time when the majority of blacks in this country had intact families, were self-supporting and crime free.

39 posted on 06/01/2014 1:48:28 PM PDT by ladyjane
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