I think the bikers should be as welcome as any other citizens who come to Myrtle Beach. We should welcome them with open arms during these troubled times.
We need revenue now more than ever. We need more vendors more than ever, and visitors come here for the vendors and the rallies each year, each year it’s getting better. The cost for vendors should be the same price for all areas. The more vendors the more revenue, no more than $100 a day. They work hard for what they do.
The bikers need more than one day to set up and one day to take down and clean up make a seven-day permit for all areas. Let’s pull together and support the bikers for this ordinance. It cost the bikers hundreds of dollars to travel here from other states, some travel thousands of miles to come to Myrtle Beach – as local motorcyclists and businesses point out, they bring a lot of tourism money into our state while here. They spend money eating out at restaurants and staying in motels, revenue that we all need.
They do a lot of fundraisers for different charities while they are here. Many of these have served our great country in the military around the world and are bikers and have been awarded for it. So on this Memorial Day 2013, get together and support the bikers.
The writer lives in Myrtle Beach.