Myrtle Beach Bike Rally Solution Proposed

You read first it in my Blog in May. Residents of Myrtle Beach got fed up with incidents during the spring rally and wanted the city to shut it down. Myrtle Beach even approved a property tax increase earlier this year to fund efforts aimed at eliminating the rallies. But the city council just proposed a resolution that would limit the number of vendor permits that Horry County can sell for the May bike rallies to 250 and reduce the Harley Davidson spring rally from 10 days to seven days. (400 permits were sold this year). So, as of today it seems that a compromise is possible, but I wonder under which criteria the 250 vendor permits will be given? First come, first serve. Or a selection depending of the type of vendor you are or the ware you sell? To follow…

5 Responses to “Myrtle Beach Bike Rally Solution Proposed”

  1. 1 Lee Wimmer Aug 7th, 2008 at 7:36 pm

    I personaly attended a meeting last night which consisted of several concil members from all the envolved areas. The Chairperson from Horry County was there and seemed to very open minded to our situation. They allowed 40 people 5 min. to speak their piece. I was about the 3rd last to speak and was happy to point out several issues that no one else had brought up. There are one or two people that are putting a lot of money to stop this. They have created a web site, done mailings and gave out really funky green shirts that say end the MAY…hem. It was my personal opinion that all those that spoke for the rally did a better job then most old area residents .I feel that there truley is a sense of compromise. In fact some that spoke out against the rally basicly said that they were not opposed to bikers , just that the rally was getting out of hand. As to who will get permits I don’t have an answer yet. I will continue to support and attend meetings and keep you posted on what is really going on. Thank you Cyril for the oppertunity to inform our fellow bikers.

  2. 2 rodent Aug 9th, 2008 at 1:38 am

    if the powers to be don’t want us in their supid golf town let’s not go their and tell our friends who are golfers not to go to myrtle beach…screw them boycott, boycott boycott

  3. 3 WGS Aug 9th, 2008 at 8:16 pm

    Actually Myrtle Beach does not have the road system to support crowds. After Wednesday of the second week, 17 Business and Bypass becomes a parking lot. It is the same during peak tourism but then I am in an air conditioned car and not sitting on an air cooled Harley. I am to the point of yeah-ok-whatever.

  4. 4 Lee Wimmer Aug 10th, 2008 at 7:37 pm

    Not to keep going on and on about all this, but just one more comment I needed to make after reading WGS reply. While it IS true both 17 highways Do become a pain. the addition of RT.31 several years ago will let you get frfom North to South in good speed. this is a bypass around the bypass. But one thing I would like readers to know. If you get out of the mainstream (coastal traffic) there are many open roads you can explore for hours and hours with out traffic and traffic lights. While it is still rather FLAT down here there really is nice riding when you get inland a litttle more. And after all it is fun to just explore. Don’t sell our area short, there is a lot of GOOD here………..ya all

  5. 5 TPEvans Aug 10th, 2008 at 9:24 pm

    WGS is part of the the group constantly harping on the point that the roads are insufficient and that little old Myytle Beach is just a town of 25,000 permanent residents that can’t possible handle such an event. What he doesn’t tell you is that according the the Myrtle Beach Chamber of Commerce, there are 89,000 (yes – eighty nine thousand) hotel rooms in the Myrtle beach area.

    This is a statistic that those in opposition to the rally always fail to highlight.

    WGS – you think that before building 89,000 hotel roooms in little old Myrtle beach someone might hav done some road studies? Are the roads sufficient to never have a traffic problem? Of course not. To build such a road system would be economically prohibitive and financially stupid.

    Yet – you have 89,000 hotel rooms. Hmmmmm. Why exactly would a town of 25,000 people have 89,000 hotel rooms available? I going to guess and say it was perhaps to attract a very large crowd. It may have even been contemplated that the crowd would arrive via motorized transportation based on the number of parking spaces you see in close proximity to the aforementioned hotel rooms.

    By the way WGS, the retirees at Hilton Head really do consider those who had to retire in Myrtle Beach to be of inferior stock. Sorry – its just true. After all, Hilton Head doesn’t have a motorcycle rally.

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