MEANWHILE PETITION ENCOURAGES EVENT ORGANIZERS TO MOVE TO NORTH CAROLINA
Haley rolled through Conway, S.C. late last week to discuss the state’s hurricane preparedness efforts, but used the occasion to reiterate her opposition to the annual black biker gathering. Specifically, Haley claimed she would help Atlantic Beach, S.C. – the municipality which sponsors the “bikefest”- replace the tourism revenue it lost if it agreed to no longer host the event.
Hmmmm … wonder how much that would cost taxpayers?
Haley has previously called on local governments to stop hosting black bike week – and been ignored. Looks like that trend will continue as the Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce issued a statement in the aftermath of this year’s event saying it would “continue to provide financial support for temporary law enforcement and urge local officials to immediately begin planning for 2016.”
The governor may get her wish, though, as a petition has been launched in an effort to move the event to North Carolina.
“We as The Black Biker Community spent the majority of Horry County’s $4.9 million in retail sales and $1.4 million in hotels and accommodations,” the petition reads. “Yet … still they create new laws and local ordnance’s to further harass and discriminate towards us. We are literally fighting with this community to give them our money with law suits to enforce federal civil rights laws.”
“This proposal is to move Black Bike Week to the neighboring state of North Carolina,” the petition concludes. “We can make a party anywhere we go and have a less stressful time at it.”
Organizers of the event say they are not part of the petition process and have no intention to move black bike week to North Carolina.
This website previously reported on some of the questionable ordinances enacted in advance of this year’s event …
We believe bikers should be allowed to go wherever they please, provided they do not violate others’ liberties – and provided they follow reasonable laws that do not violate their liberties.
We also believe state and local leaders should stop forcing taxpayers to subsidize tourism marketing efforts … so that law enforcement for events like this can be easily managed without resorting to tax hikes.