As if confusion over the dates of the annual Cruisin’ the Coast rally in Myrtle Beach, S.C., wasn’t enough, the Atlantic Beach Town Council has voted to extend the annual Bikefest event by a week.
Atlantic Beach Bikefest has traditionally been held in the town during Memorial Day weekend. It will run from May 18 to 28 this year, the same dates as the rally sponsored by Myrtle Beach Harley-Davidson. The dealership touched off a kerfluffle earlier this year when it announced changes to its rally dates that did not correlate with Horry County’s plans for vendor permits in the county, which includes North Myrtle Beach.
Not everyone is happy about the extended Bikefest. “Bikefest is less than a month away and this is something you just don’t handle at the eleventh hour,” Councilman Jake Evans told the Myrtle Beach Sun News. “It’s just a shame that we would actually put this off until this late date. The bikers will be rolling in here in a week or two.”
Atlantic Beach resident and gadfly Paul Curry said the additional days could benefit the town of Atlantic Beach because of the fee schedule, but will come at a cost because of the potential impact on neighboring jurisdictions like North Myrtle Beach, which has unrelated activities planned during the run of the rallies.
Horry County Police, who provide some public safety in the town as well as at key locations during the Harley-Davidson rally throughout the county, will have to review their staffing plans, Sgt. Robert Kegler says.
Posted by Holly Wagner
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