I have a question for Mayor John Rhodes and all the Myrtle Beach council members. How can you possibly say you are leaders representing the residents of Myrtle Beach?
At a time in this country when everyone from the Federal government on down to elementary school leaders is concerned about “bullying,” you folks could be the poster children for bullied citizens. The first decision made, it seems, is to cave to the bullies and move the Memorial Day parade for our military men and women and veterans to another weekend, when Memorial Day is a federal holiday just for this observance.
How this could even be considered as a solution is beyond reason. Is it more important to cater to a group that only wants to come here and show Myrtle Beach they can do what they want and get away with it? The only solutions you seem to be able to come up with to solve the problem of Atlantic Beach Bikefest is to raise taxes to hire more law enforcement and to create a traffic loop to move the problems around the area. You have the power to solve these problems — you are our elected officials and it is your job to come up with better ideas than these.
Some other ideas to consider would be:
1. Move the Atlantic Beach Bikefest to another weekend, preferably in March or April, when fewer tourists are in town. Keep Memorial Day as a celebration of all those who have served our country in the military, both past and present.
2. Pass an ordinance to prohibit motorcycles on Ocean Boulevard and set up road blocks at both ends to make sure this is enforced.
3. Make Kings Highway one lane each direction so that there is a lane for emergency vehicles at all times.
4. On Kings Highway and other main streets involved, place squad cars every 5 or 6 blocks in plain sight to monitor bike traffic and respond to any incidents in the problem areas.
5. Prohibit motorcycle parking and congregating in groups of 5 or more.
6. Enforce some sort of dress code (do we even have a dress code in Myrtle Beach, if not we need one) so that our residents and tourists are not subjected to the lewd and nearly nude Bikefest participants.
In conclusion I would ask every resident of Myrtle Beach, whether they have served in the military or not, to never again vote for any one of our leaders if they decide to allow Bikefest to displace our Memorial Day observance.
The writer lives in Myrtle Beach.