Letters to the Editor

Letter | Who should be responsible for rowdy Bikefest partiers?

I had previously written a letter about the situation surrounding the recent events during the Memorial Day weekend in Myrtle Beach. I decided to look at this from a different perspective.

Let's suppose you live in a subdivision of 500 homes. On a given weekend one of those homes decides to have a party. Knowing the constraints of their property size, they completely ignore this. Thousands of invitations go out. Come the day of the party, thousands of guest show up. With not enough resources to accommodate this, thousands of people spill out throughout the entire neighborhood.

Even though the crowd is huge, the entire subdivision tries its best to put up with and handle the crowd. The people of the neighborhood are put out, however they do not want to make anyone feel unwelcome where they live.

After a few hours as the party really get's going, things get out of hand. There is crime, there is lewd behavior, and some neighbors even have shootings and people killed right on their property. It is a disgrace to the neighborhood.

The next day everyone has gone home. The neighborhood is left with the garbage, the repairs, and the hurt that their neighborhoods' reputation may have been destroyed. All this because one house decided to throw a party that it in no way could support.

Now let's assume this situation really happened. Do you think that the people and bylaws of this subdivision would ever allow this one house to throw a party again...ever? Oh wait, this really did happen. I think we all know what needs to be done.

The writer lives in Myrtle Beach.