Vendor permits for Myrtle Beach rally down nearly 50 percent

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Myrtle Beach ordinances designed to drive off rallying bikers seem to be having the intended effect.

Just 75 vendors have sought permits from Horry County this year so far, down from 146 last year. Some permits are still under consideration or are being held until payment is received, but Horry County spokeswoman Lisa Bourcier told the Sun-News the county does not expect a last minute rush for late permits, which include a 50 percent markup.

The county's Public Safety Department will not open an operations center during this year’s rally, anticipating smaller crowds than in past years.

Attendance was down significantly last year, but nobody is sure how much of the decline owes to Myrtle Beach’s ordinances and how much to the sour economy.

Several venues that have hosted vendors during past rallies had no permits listed at their addresses by Wednesday afternoon, including the former Irongate Saloon, Biker Design, Inlet Square mall, Hooters and Myrtle Beach Speedway, according to the newspaper.

Posted by Holly Wagner