In town for an annual Hurricane Preparedness Conference, South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley, referring to the Memorial Day Weekend Black Bike Festival, “It’s time for that festival to come to an end.”
Haley said the state can let the people of Atlantic Beach know “we will help them with tourism, we will help them in any way to strengthen their community, but we are not going to promote any events going forward that do any harm to the citizens of South Carolina and that’s exactly what happened…”
Haley made her comments at a press conference held after a one hour meeting with Myrtle Beach Mayor John Rhodes, Horry County Council Chairman Mark Lazarus and other officials from around Horry County.
Haley said South Carolinians love festivals but, “We do not want to do any sort of activities that are going to keep people from coming to visit this state, keep people from leaving their homes or keep people from feeling safe in their own neighborhoods and that’s exactly what happened and that’s exactly what has to stop.”
Haley contradicted the earlier message put out by Myrtle Beach city officials that the problems stemmed from the economy causing a lack of police officers from other jurisdictions who normally come to the city to help.