MYRTLE BEACH (AP) — Gov, Nikki Haley is planning to meet with leaders of Atlantic Beach, two months after she said the beach town’s biker rally had to end following a Memorial Day shooting rampage in which three people were killed.
The Sun News of Myrtle Beach reports Haley and the Atlantic Beach Town Council are meeting on Tuesday at the community center.
Doug Mayer, spokesman for Haley, confirmed the meeting and said the governor will answer media questions after the discussion.
Town Manager William Booker said he expects the discussion to be held in executive session. Public bodies are required by the South Carolina Freedom of Information Act to meet in open session.
In June, Haley said she wanted to end the Atlantic Beach Bikefest after the slayings at a Myrtle Beach motel 14 miles away.
Atlantic Beach Mayor Jake Evans has said he has no plans to end the event.
The Bikefest attracts thousands to Atlantic Beach – a town of less than a square mile, three oceanfront blocks and about 350 residents. Evans says there haven’t been problems in his town but he is willing to discuss the need for more law enforcement in other areas during the weekend.
Last month, Evans said he would be willing to talk to Grand Strand leaders and come together with them in making sure people abide by the law. But the mayor said he wasn’t willing to sit and talk with anyone and discuss canceling Bikefest.
Information from: The Sun News, http://www.thesunnews.com/