Where is the Bikefest task force?
Wed, 30 Jul 2014 03:35:47 GMT —
In light of Governor Nikki Haley making another call to cancel Bikefest, agencies are still working to make sure history doesn't repeat itself as far as the violence.
Horry County officials started a task force to look for solutions.
But because this is the first of its kind in the area, what county officials are doing at this time, is not out in the open.
Horry County Council Chairman Mark Lazarus says right now it's just a lot of research and discussion.
The Coastal Alliance appointed Public Safety Officer Paul Whitten and Emergency Management Director Randy Webster to lead the task force.
"These are the professionals, this is what they do for a living. They have been educated and schooled on how to handle these situations," said Lazarus.
Whitten and Webster have had several meetings with local and state law enforcement officials, trying to put together a plan on how they can best handle crowds during Memorial Day weekend.
Those meetings are not public at this time.
They are reaching out to other areas to find out how they handle events like Bikefest in areas like Atlanta, Chicago and Tampa.
Lazarus says the Coastal Alliance, a group of Grand Strand mayors and county leaders, formed the task force, and they are waiting to hear how local governments can assist them in the future.
"If they need ordinances or laws passed to help them do the things that they need to do to ensure the safety of our citizens, then that will be our responsibility at that time," said Lazarus. "We are just waiting on that call."
Lazarus says it may be a few months before the meetings about the task force will be public. And he says the whole plan will never be divulged.
"A lot of times you can't tell everybody everything that you are doing," he said.
Atlantic Beach Mayor Jake Evans says no one has contact him or the town council about being part of the task force.
He said he would think if there was a task force formed and Atlantic Beach is the area that sponsors Bikefest, then they would want someone from Atlantic Beach on the task force.
Lazarus says Atlantic Beach officials have been invited to be a part of the meetings, and they want them to be a part of the discussions.
"We want them to be a part of the solution," he said.