Following the announcement that Gov. Nikki Haley has approved a proviso in the state budget allowing for a portion of local accommodations tax to be put aside and used for public safety during the month of May in 2015, Brad Dean, president and CEO of the Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce, issued the following statement:
 
“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.”