Following Gov. Nikki Haley’s May 30 remarks in reference to the shootings in Myrtle Beach over the Memorial Day weekend, Brad Dean, president and CEO of the Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce, issued the following statement:
“We want to applaud Gov. Haley and thank her for providing the necessary leadership and recognizing the activities surrounding the Memorial Day Bikefest attracts far too many problems. We would like to restore Memorial Day weekend to what it was meant to be, and stand ready to work with the governor, our local governments, the business community and our citizens to make that happen.”

Earlier, in a letter to the Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce members, Dean made the following remarks:

“The Myrtle Beach area is one of America’s premier vacation destinations, welcoming 16.1 million visitors a year. Thankfully, we only have to deal with this level of senseless crime and random acts of violence one weekend each year. Unfortunately, this situation is all too familiar. What should have been a stellar weekend celebrating our military heroes and kicking off the summer season has once again been marred by criminals and felons who show no regard for our laws. The loss of life seen over the Memorial Day weekend is tragic, and we must do everything in our power to prevent this from happening again. We, as a community, must act in a responsible and caring manner to protect our citizens, visitors and businesses. We should not allow the unfortunate circumstances of this one weekend to define us as a community.”