ATLANTIC BEACH, S.C. – In the wake of a Memorial Day weekend rally that saw eight shootings, three of them fatal, South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley is calling for an end to Atlantic Beach Bikefest.
"Eight shootings happened during this weekend. Three people died. That is not OK for South Carolina," Haley told The State. "This Bikefest does not represent the people of this state. It does not represent what we are trying to do when we promote tourism and jobs."
Haley said she plans to talk to Atlantic Beach Mayor Jake Evans about ending Bikefest, but Evans said the violence happened outside the three-block city and he has no intention of canceling the annual event. Atlantic Beach, which is under one square mile in size, gets about $60,000 of its annual $500,000 budget from the rally, which follows the annual Myrtle Beach rally. Evans said there haven't been problems in his town but he is willing to discuss the need for more law enforcement in other areas during the weekend.
Police say the Memorial Day weekend slaying of three people in Myrtle Beach motel 14 miles away seems to be gang-related.
From the Dealernews wires