Governor approves state budget provisos for May 2015 safety improvements

Brad Dean, president of the Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce, addressing the Board of Directors during a meeting on June 3.

Governor Nikki Haley has approved the provisos in the state's budget for next year that would allow Myrtle Beach to use tourism money to provide extra law enforcement in May 2015.

The State House and Senate approved the provisos earlier.

The Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce released the following media statement from Chamber President and CEO Brad Dean following the announcement by Gov. Haley:

"We applaud Gov. Haley's and the General Assembly's willingness to allow us to redirect a portion of promotional funds into public safety for events held in May. Our top priority remains the promotion of our No. 1 industry, tourism, and, in light of recent events, we feel investing in additional law enforcement for the month of May is the best investment we can make for our residents, our business community and our visitors. We stand firmly behind Gov. Haley and applaud her efforts to find solutions to protect our entire community."