Following the South Carolina House and Senate passing a bill to remove the Confederate flag from Statehouse grounds, Brad Dean, president and CEO of the Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce, issued the following statement:

"We thank the members of our state legislature for doing the right thing and sending a signal to all of America that we will not forget our past, but we must move forward and promote unity. Our thoughts and prayers continue to be with the families of the nine victims of the tragic events in Charleston. Finally, we applaud Gov. Nikki Haley, whose steadfast leadership on this issue has brought us to this moment."