MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. — Grand Strand law enforcement officials say they are good to go with their safety plan for the Memorial Day Atlantic Beach Bikefest.
Area media outlets report that “Good to Go” was the theme of a task force meeting Wednesday of Grand Strand administrators and local and state law enforcement - the last meeting the group is holding before next month’s event. Agencies in the area have been working for months on developing the plan.
Last year, the weekend turned deadly when three people were killed and seven were wounded in eight shootings on Ocean Boulevard in Myrtle Beach. The weekend attracts tens of thousands for the Bikefest and the unofficial start of the summer season
This year officials are taking a number of steps to make the weekend safe. The key element is a 23-mile, one-way traffic loop to keep traffic moving at night during Bikefest.
The task force has also finished mutual aid agreements between outside law enforcement agencies and Myrtle Beach, North Myrtle Beach and Surfside Beach.
Officers will be working out of five command centers from the Cherry Grove section of North Myrtle Beach to one on the south end of the Grand Strand. Ambulances will be staged along the Grand Strand so crews can respond to quickly to emergencies.
In recent weeks a $50,000 social media campaign has been underway featuring everyone from police officers to ordinary residents urging visitors to respect the community and obey the law this Memorial Day weekend.