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Friday, March 6, 2009

Myrtle Beach Bike Week... on or off?

Of all the questions I am regularly asked, the topic of the May Bike Rallies seems to be near the top of everyone's list this year. While there is no shortage of opinions to be heard on the topic, I'll try to just present the facts here and keep you updated on new developments as they occur.

For many years, the month of May in Myrtle Beach has been synonymous with bikers. Two major rallies have been held in the area during the month, and the first (“Harley week” or “bike week”) in particular has become a fixture in the Garden City and Surfside Beach area.

While the economic impact of the rallies is substantial, a growing number of local residents have begun to put a large amount of political pressure on the area’s elected officials in order to curb what they view as unacceptable levels of noise, congestion and bad behavior. In fact, the City of Myrtle Beach has enacted several pieces of legislation aimed at ending the rallies, including a local helmet law, a more stringent noise ordinance and severe limits on vendors and other public gatherings. While none of our rental properties fall within the city limits of Myrtle Beach, the enforcement of these laws can certainly have an impact on our guests should they decide to visit Myrtle Beach proper.

Here at Dunes, we have always welcomed both bikers and non-bikers, and we will continue to do so as long as we are able. Our staff should be able to update you on the most recent developments, and I’ll try to do so here whenever new information becomes available. In the meantime, we are proceeding as if the rally is still in the works, and look forward to seeing you whenever you choose to visit.

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Myrtle Beach Bike Week... on or off?

Friday, March 6, 2009

Of all the questions I am regularly asked, the topic of the May Bike Rallies seems to be near the top of everyone's list this year. While there is no shortage of opinions to be heard on the topic, I'll try to just present the facts here and keep you updated on new developments as they occur.

For many years, the month of May in Myrtle Beach has been synonymous with bikers. Two major rallies have been held in the area during the month, and the first (“Harley week” or “bike week”) in particular has become a fixture in the Garden City and Surfside Beach area.

While the economic impact of the rallies is substantial, a growing number of local residents have begun to put a large amount of political pressure on the area’s elected officials in order to curb what they view as unacceptable levels of noise, congestion and bad behavior. In fact, the City of Myrtle Beach has enacted several pieces of legislation aimed at ending the rallies, including a local helmet law, a more stringent noise ordinance and severe limits on vendors and other public gatherings. While none of our rental properties fall within the city limits of Myrtle Beach, the enforcement of these laws can certainly have an impact on our guests should they decide to visit Myrtle Beach proper.

Here at Dunes, we have always welcomed both bikers and non-bikers, and we will continue to do so as long as we are able. Our staff should be able to update you on the most recent developments, and I’ll try to do so here whenever new information becomes available. In the meantime, we are proceeding as if the rally is still in the works, and look forward to seeing you whenever you choose to visit.

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