VIOLENCE DOWN ON GRAND STRAND …
|| By FITSNEWS || South Carolina has been spared direct landfalls from major hurricanes over the past quarter century … and on this Memorial Day weekend its Grand Strand dodged yet another bullet in the form of the annual Atlantic Beach Bikefest.
Controversial new regulations, a beefed-up police presence and a new “traffic loop” aimed at minimizing loitering appear to have succeeded in stemming much of the bloody violence which marred last year’s gathering.
Deadly shootings at last year’s “Black Bike Week” prompted S.C. governor Nikki Haley to call for an end to the event – but Atlantic Beach, S.C. hosted it anyway.
And apparently it was all good …
“We must have done something right, because last year I couldn’t get in here,” Horry County council chairman Mark Lazarus said in addressing a less-than-packed gathering of citizens held in the aftermath of the annual festival.
A year ago, citizens were calling for the heads of elected officials …
North Myrtle Beach, S.C. – which is located next to Atlantic Beach – saw forty-seven arrests over the Memorial Day weekend. A year ago the city reported 105 arrests. Tickets, wrecks and calls for assistance were also down.
County data – and data from the city of Myrtle Beach – should be released soon, but those numbers are expected to reinforce the downward trend.
Obviously we’re glad criminal activity declined at this year’s event … although as we stated previously some of the new regulations struck us as prima facie unconstitutional.