MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. – The Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce is working with local and state officials to amend its budget and redirect accommodations tax revenues and other tourism promotion funds to hire more law enforcement for May 2015.
This move comes in response to the shootings which occurred during the 2014 Memorial Day weekend and Governor Haley’s subsequent call to end the Memorial Day Bikefest.
“What we witnessed during the Memorial Day weekend was tragic and unacceptable. We as a community must find ways to combat this problem and ensure that this type of lawlessness will no longer be tolerated. That is going to require a substantial increase in law enforcement” said Brad Dean, president and CEO of the Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce. “We will continue to be a staunch advocate for the promotion of tourism in the Myrtle Beach area and will remain focused on ensuring the safety of all visitors. But in this instance, we are choosing to do our part to help stop criminals and felons from putting a damper on what should be a weekend to celebrate our military heroes, and serve as the kickoff to the summer vacation season. It is my hope that other business organizations and community-based groups will step up to this challenge and join the effort. “
In a letter sent to chamber members last week, Dean expressed that the issues which led to the Memorial Day weekend shootings can be resolved, but it will only happen if residents, businesses and public officials work collaboratively to restore the holiday weekend to what it was meant to be.
For a complete copy of the letter, go to www.MyrtleBeachAreaChamber.com.