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PostPosted: Wed Oct 01, 2008 9:50 am 
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And so it begins.... :nanner: :nanner: :nanner: ...even though city council has enacted new rules and downsized events and vendor locations, the bikes have arrived. However, I wonder if they will ever be back again.

According to the Sun Times, there will be two checkpoints set up on the main strip and bikers (not cars) will be required to stop, show ID, a valid driver's license and registration. Loud pipes will be tested. (Perhaps they'll request a DNA sample???? :roll: kidding) Just imagine how this is going to impact traffic and create nothing short of frustration and annoyance for the bikers. I live here and I'm having second thoughts about even going out to ride because it sounds like more of a hassle than it's worth.

Brian and I were out and about yesterday and it's a little unnerving to see all of the businesses that have closed due to the economy - Hard Rock Park, Nascar Cafe, The Crab House at Barefoot and Broadway, China Buffet in the Galleria, and countless other small businesses and restaurants. It just baffles me that City Council would go to such great lengths to discourage business. I have to wonder if this won't be the kiss of death....

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PostPosted: Wed Oct 01, 2008 11:00 am 
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I agree with times as bad as they are money is money.


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PostPosted: Thu Oct 02, 2008 1:48 am 
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I have been quite active in addressing this matter back to city council, to include providing legal consultation (regarding state laws, South Carolina Law Enforcement Division/SLED Regulations, etc) to the attorneys representing various local businesses and now some of the bikers. I was EXTREMELY active in last Tuesday's workshop prior to the regular city council meeting. Those efforts resulted in most of the last-minute changes for the good (deleting the "1 vehicle per parking space" restriction), removing unjustified and excessive restrictions on businesses (many of which OUTRIGHT violated SLED Regulatory regulations), clarified terminology that the city attorney didn't even have a clue about, etc, etc.

I also brought up the suggestion of courtesy exhaust sound checks to the mayor and council together at the workshop - then to (Captain) Dave Knipes, Myrtle Beach Police Department's Public Information Officer - as an accompanying action IF they approved the decibel restrictions . All expressed interest and a promise to do so - especially Dave Knipes, as he's a former straight-pipe Harley rider - and they indeed set it up and have been doing them Tuesday-Thursday of this week. I personally thanked Dave Wednesday for his part in making that happen.

Don't be surprised if some of the ordinances see some future changes - through both legal challenges and voluntary modifications by the city council itself.

As far as the economic impact and concerns - the obvious main point of this thread - there is a very interesting angle to this.

Brad Dean, President of the Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce, was SOLIDLY against the majority of these ordinances and much of the content - and practically BEGGED City Council (including as a public and formal plea directly to the city council at their last, ordinance-approval meeting) to AT LEAST wait until economic studies have been performed to attempt to project and/or predict what ECONOMIC impact their actions will have.

Brad also mentioned about the businesses already closed or severely hurting NOW, and emphasized to city council that financial and other assistance should be considered to help other businesses that may face similar considerations or fates.

City council publicly "blew him off".

With such an attitude by city council, these should be some interesting economic times to come in the greater Myrtle Beach area.


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:???: I don't understand what they are thinking ? It's like my Mom has always said " You don't bite the hand that feeds ya !!! " I know the rallies are not MB only source of tourist income by far , BUT , it's a big part , especially when you think about the fact that these are the folks who are coming back other times of the year with their families . I just feel that now is not the time to do this if at all ! If some changes need to be made do so within reason , but dont purposely do things just to tick people off .... alot of what has been done looks to me like that just what it is , just enough to tick people off so that maybe they won't want to come back !! You don't bite the hand that feeds ya !!! :shock:


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Are any of these people up for reelection in the city?
I know these only affect the city and they are trying to get Horry Co.To do the same type of thing but is that going to happen?


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PostPosted: Fri Oct 03, 2008 1:51 am 
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A lawsuit has been filed against the city of Myrtle Beach regarding bike ordinances. This lawsuit has been filed in Federal Court by Greenville attorney, Suzanne Coe.

The suit alleges that the three motorcycle ordinances, which are now in effect, do irreparable harm to businesses Coe represents, including The Dog House Bar & Grill, The Master's Club, Steel Horse Saloon, Club Kryptonite and Myrtlebeachbikeweek.com, a site owned and maintained by Sonny Productions in North Carolina.

Coe said she was waiting to hear from a federal Judge's office regarding if a restraining order and injunction will be issued immediately or if at all.

Coe is hoping a hearing will be set.

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May I ask when Fall Bike Week is?

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PostPosted: Sun Feb 14, 2010 8:59 pm 
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Any updates on Bike Week for 2010. I heard it may have moved to North Myrtle Beach in 09' Thanks.


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PostPosted: Mon Feb 15, 2010 7:27 am 
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holdem wrote:
Any updates on Bike Week for 2010. I heard it may have moved to North Myrtle Beach in 09' Thanks.


Not necessarily "moving" to North Myrtle Beach, but an official HOG (Harley Owners Group) event has been proposed for the same time IN North Myrtle Beach. Details and latest information:

http://abatesc.com/web/Latest/north-myr ... ahead.html

Otherwise, the Harley-Davidson Spring and all Harley rallies are still on - but held where the vast majority of event activities happened anyway, which is outside the City of Myrtle Beach.

Some websites to view and follow for the most current and helpful information:

http://www.ridemyrtlebeach.com

http://www.myrtlebeachbikeweek.com

http://bikeweek.com/myrtlebeach/springrally.cfm

Also, please don't hesitate to ask any other specific questions about these upcoming events.

If curious about the City of Myrtle Beach ordinances designed to eliminate the rallies: one has been deleted by the city after strict address by the SC Supreme Court's Chief Justice (the city's proposed "Administrative Court" system, calling such courts "repugnant" and unconstitutional), several others have been modified and/or may face future modifications, and the helmet ordinance was argued before the SC Supreme Court almost 2 weeks ago with a determination pending (see http://www.thesunnews.com/news/local/story/1296783.html )


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PostPosted: Tue Feb 16, 2010 8:08 pm 
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Thanks for the info. Mike. I'm a food vendor and am thinking of setting up for Bike Week. I'm working with a promoter that has a spot at the Steel Horse Saloon. I've never been to Bike Week so I don't know if that would be a good spot or not. It would be a big commitment on my part so I'm trying to find out as much information as possibe.


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PostPosted: Tue Feb 16, 2010 11:42 pm 
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You may want to ensure that you have current information from the promoter - "The Steel Horse" has been "Donny's Saloon" since at least the middle of last year:

http://wmbfnews.eviesays.com/venue/id/119888.html

In addition, there are no vendor permits allowed within the City of Myrtle Beach (according to the city limits map, Donny's Saloon IS in the city); the only vendors in the city limits are at the main fairway of the Broadway at the Beach complex, which is exempt from permits in just that one section by a special zoning application.

Probably the BEST source of reliable and current information may be "Donny" himself, Donny Emery. His Myspace contact information is available as a link in the site shown above.

Regardless, the vast majority of bikers are avoiding entering and especially conducting any business within the City of Myrtle Beach limits due to what is considered excessive and unfair actions by the city against the Harley Rallies (with the presumption and belief that the actual and main "bike weeks" target was the completely different and much more problematic event officially known as the Atlantic Beach Bikefest). Thus, business at any site within the City of Myrtle Beach may be rather sparse. Most biker activities & venues are either south of Myrtle Beach, at the main Harley Dealership at the immediate south border of Myrtle Beach along Business Route 17, and also in the Garden City/Murrells Inlet area - and toward and in the completely separate town of North Myrtle Beach (including the proposed North Myrtle Beach HOG event).


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PostPosted: Wed Feb 17, 2010 10:34 pm 
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Thanks Mike. Very helpful information.


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