(ASSOCIATED PRESS) — ATLANTIC BEACH, S.C. — After a bloody Memorial Day weekend left three dead and seven wounded, Gov. Nikki Haley wants to end the annual Atlantic Beach Bikefest which has drawn black bikers for decades to the tiny beachside community near Myrtle Beach.
But Mayor Jake Evans has no plans to end the event in a community that, during the days of segregation, was one of the only places on the South Carolina coast where blacks were welcome.
The Bikefest attracts thousands to Atlantic Beach — a town of less than a square mile, three oceanfront blocks and about 350 residents – as well as to surrounding areas along the strip of coast known as the Grand Strand. 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.