I am appalled and shocked by the response I have read concerning the Mayor of Myrtle Beach and the City Council's plan to improve security for the 2015 Memorial Day Bikefest celebration. What a bunch of naysayers.
I think it is so commendable for the Mayor and City Council to take such a bold, non-political stand in their response as to how to improve the Bikefest celebration. The moving of the Memorial Day Parade, to honor the men and women of the Armed Services, who so willingly gave of their time, their suffering and in some cases, those who gave their all, so that the Mayor and City Council can move their Day of Honor around like a puzzle piece is both brave and daring. My hat’s off to these brave souls in the Mayor's office and City Council who took their valuable time in a retreat and in executive sessions to come up with such a plan.
I would suggest relocating Memorial Day to a weekend in August.
To so courageously decide, without the involvement of Horry County and the other municipalities, to develop a plan and then expect all other organizations to just fall in line behind the plan. I am in awe.
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I am sure the consideration of the ecology movement was difficult to overcome as the additional 40 mile trek around the proposed “safe” area will ensure higher tax revenue for the additional 2 gallons of gas it will take to complete the journey, and the higher pollution that will occur.
And to brazenly admit that the Myrtle Beach Police Force and the Horry County Sheriffs, along with the S.C. Highway Patrol, are not able to control the criminal situation and require the shop owners and private property owners to hire additional security guards will add immensely to the employment of Horry County citizens.
Furthermore to raise property taxes, the highest increase in nearly 20 years, was a step no one had been willing to tread. Bravo! This increase will allow the city to hire an additional 10 officers and to still keep alive the Performing Arts Center that Myrtle Beach so desperately needs.
I hope the first play they put on is, “The Taming of the Shrew.”
And just think of the additional job opportunities that will arise because of the situation. In addition to the hiring of the additional security guards, the controllers that will be needed on U.S. 31 and U.S. 22 as they will be used, I am confident, as a drag strip and road rally. They will need refreshments out there and some enterprising person will find a way to supply the need.
I have a suggestion to further collect the revenue needed to cover the cost of the Mayor and Council's plan. Have a Gun Show the weekend before Memorial Day. I am sure the dealers there will have record sales.
I hope no one is offend by this political satire. I have just finished watching a “Daily Show with Jon Stewart” marathon.
The writer lives in Myrtle Beach.