Bikers Protest At Myrtle Beach “Take Back May” Event

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  1. 1 Knuckelhead Jun 11th, 2009 at 11:55 am

    To hell with Myrtle Beach. There are a lot of better places. The mayor is an ass.

  2. 2 Scott Jun 12th, 2009 at 10:02 am

    The video twice quotes Tom Rice, “With the level of nuisance and loss of quality of life.” He is speaking of the nuisance and quality of life of residents, not tourists. If the entire “biker community” that visits in May were respectable and responsible there would be no issue. However we all know that this was not the case as it is anywhere. If you all were to assault my town for week with racking pipes and holeshots, I would tell you to get the hell out and don’t come back too. The old adage still holds true one bad apple spoils the whole bunch. While most who visit may be respectful to the city, it is the few assholes that are remembered the rest of the year. Move on, and maybe before rallies are banned everywhere the collective “biker community may learn from this lesson.

    Maybe I am just getting old. I still ride loud bikes and enjoy the sound. What I don’t enjoy is stupidity and disrespect for my rights. For everyone that says it is my right to ride loud and proud, I say I have a right to peace and quiet. For all who say I have the right to spew out massive amounts of toxic fumes, I say I have a right to clean air.

    Another way to view this is by the numbers. Taxpayers who foot the bill 365 days a year versus a bunch of tourist who help support the community for 10 days. Simple math shows 365 > 10. So, to all those who whine about this, you lost get over it. Everyone else moved on already.

  3. 3 bigalyts Jun 12th, 2009 at 10:23 am

    Fuckem in the Ass! Bikers “Stay Away”! That’s what they want then COMPLY! Make the Ralley in another Town or City. Myrtle Beach is for The Golfer anyway. Let them all have their Preppy Lives. What it is all about now, is that some Bikers want to Go there because they are told that they can’t.

  4. 4 Mike Greenwald Jun 12th, 2009 at 11:03 am

    bigalyts,

    “What it is all about now, is that some Bikers want to Go there because they are told that they can’t.”

    Freedom of movement comes to mind. For much of American history, the right to travel included the right to travel by the vehicle of one’s choice, and courts occasionally struck down regional regulations that required licenses or government permission to travel on public roadways. With the advent of the automobile, however, courts began upholding laws and regulations requiring licenses to operate vehicles on roadways. Constitutional scholar Roger Roots has referred to the forgotten right to travel without license as “the orphaned right.”

  5. 5 Pitbull Jun 12th, 2009 at 5:35 pm

    WTF! Is is still the 50’s back there?

  6. 6 Herculite Jun 12th, 2009 at 5:42 pm

    I feel that it’s the towns right to do what they want to do, as long as the majority of the voters agree.Although, I also feel that they could probably have accomplished their goal by simply enforcing existing noise, exhibition of speed, etc. laws. I’m a ‘biker’ and get equally annoyed with the ridiculous acts of inconsideration SOME of the bikers commit.

    I did attend the rally, and I did stay in Myrtle Beach, and was never harrassed, hasseled, or profiled, by any LEO’s. But I sure saw a few riders that should have been. Will I return to MB? Who knows? There are many other towns that welcome a bike rally that I’ve not been to, so I’ll probably go there instead (with or without my bike).

    Too bad, I liked Myrtle Beach.

  7. 7 jo schmo Jun 13th, 2009 at 5:59 pm

    > Another way to view this is by the numbers. Taxpayers who foot the bill 365 days a year versus a bunch of tourist > who help support the community for 10 days. Simple math shows 365 > 10. So, to all those who whine about this, > you lost get over it. Everyone else moved on already.

    hmmm… don’t know just how many bikes were in mb this year, but in the past, 3 to 400,000. assuming a couple and their bike spend approx $1000, thats a third to a half billion dollars. i would suspect that amount pretty much approximates (if not exceeds by multiples) what taxpayers in mb pay.

    yep, we’ve moved on already, and taken our half giga-buck with us. and according to a recent abate newsletter, those taxpayers in mb who gave up the third-to-half giga-buck got a special assessment to fund all the legal work to keep the dollars out.

    yes, the few a’holes made it impossible for the many. you a’holes crankin’ on unbaffled pipes, acting like fools in the street, did it. in many ways, i don’t blame mb residents, i just wonder why 10 days of pain to gain 3/4 of the annual revenue is more important.

    yep, time to move on, give those dollars to somebody else, some other town.

    js

  8. 8 jo schmo Jun 13th, 2009 at 6:13 pm

    more on numbers – the population of my is approx 220,000, and the 08-09 budget is approx, as quoted from the mb website:

    “Effective July 1, 2008, the City of Myrtle Beach’s ad valorem property tax rate is 64.1 mills, an increase of three mills and the first millage increase in several years. The city’s budget for 2008-09 totals $159,214,386, including $104,118,521 for operations, $14,159,726 for debt service and $40,936,139 for new capital authorizations, including a mile-long oceanfront boardwalk. A summary of the budget is available below, along with the actual budget ordinance. ”

    so if only 100,000 bikes show’d up with expenditures of $1000, that’s a hundred million, almost equal to the whole 08-09 budget. yes, all that cash doesn’t make it to the county coffers, but with almost 40% corp tax rates, and 64 mil tax rates for homes of the owners of these businesses, thats a lot of tax revenue for a mere 10 days noise.

    my guess is that the beef isn’t with “bike week” proper, but with the debacle that follows it. for harley week, there’s almost no arrests, very few accidents, no crime to speak of. same for fall harley week.

    so, maybe the issue isn’t really “bike week” after all.

    anyway, it’s their town, their rules. where we goin’ next spring? the folks in daytona were pretty happy to see the crowd, the folks in leesburg, fla were pretty happy to feel the cash influx. there’s GOTTA be some place that needs the cash and doesn’t resent the source.

    it’s just 10 days. mb, pull you head out.

    js

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