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      Weekend violence addressed at Myrtle Beach City Council meeting

      Myrtle Beach City Council members heard from over 2 dozen members of the public during Tuesday afternoon's meeting. Most asked for the city to do something.



      Though nothing about the Atlantic Beach Bikefest or the violence that occurred over Memorial Day weekend was on the agenda for the Myrtle Beach City Council meeting, people showed up in droves to talk about it.




      Though nothing about the Atlantic Beach Bikefest or the violence that occurred over Memorial Day weekend was on the agenda for the Myrtle Beach City Council meeting, people showed up in droves to talk about it.





      There were nearly 2 hours of testimony from community leaders, residents and business owners about Bikefest and the need for change.



      There are a lot of people in attendance at the #myr city council meeting. http://t.co/KwGug7k3ZM




      â?? WPDE NewsChannel 15 (@CarolinaLive) May 27, 2014



      Horry County Council Chairman Mark Lazarus spoke at the meeting and said that Atlantic Beach Bikefest is not just an Atlantic Beach event, but an area event.



      Lazarus said it is his job as council chairman to make people feel safe and he is looking forward to working with the city to come up with a plan to handle the situation.




      Myrtle Beach Mayor John Rhodes said to handle the hundreds of thousands of people who attend, the number of law enforcement at an event like Bikefest will need to be stepped up moving forward.





      "We've got to have manpower. We do not have enough law enforcement officers or even volunteers coming in. We only had 400 total," Rhodes said.




      Over two dozen members of the public spoke during the meeting's public comment section, raising a variety of concerns and potential solutions to the problems.



      Some residents said the problems stemming from this year's Bikefest are not an issue of race, but of age.


      Many at Myrtle Beach council mtg say problems stemming from this year's Atlantic Beach Bikefest is an age issue not race.




      â?? April Baker (@AprilLBaker) May 27, 2014



      "We need to get the kids off the boulevard," said Don Emery, a resident and area business owner. He proposed that the city "attack the age" and put age restrictions in place.



      Others proposed that the city put in a motorcycle ban in place during the summer, like the city already has for beach tents.



      Joe Skurkis said the city should ban motorcycles on Ocean Boulevard between May 20 and June 1 and empower "officers to tow and impound these bikes for a minimum of 24 hours if they're caught down there."




      Community leaders plan to have preliminary discussions about this weekend's incidents with South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley when she comes to our area for hurricane preparedness meetings on Friday.


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