The Horry County Council approved a motion Tuesday to hold the Myrtle Beach Bike Week Spring Rally in July.
The bike week will be held July 13 to 19, county leaders said.
Horry County Emergency Management Director Randy Webster said there was a consensus from organizers on a July rally, but the Myrtle Beach Chamber of Commerce was not in support.
Councilmember Tyler Servant made a one-time exemption for special permits after speaking with Myrtle Beach Harley Davidson, saying "our businesses are hurting now."
MB Harley said they are not advertising for a rally but an open house, according to Servant.
Webster also said he "doesn’t believe they are in a position to turn tourists away.”
Councilmember Harold Worley thinks the rally would be very small compared to years past. He said they don't understand why the staff doesn’t want business to come to the Grand Strand.
Councilmember Gary Loftus said he worries about funding and accommodations. He said he thinks it’s overkill to have "so many within a short time frame."
Councilmember Johnny Vaught said the rally is beyond their control.
Councilmember Bill Howard questions if the county has the money to fund the event. Councilmember Orton Bellamy questions traffic during this time.
"The more folks we have here, the more calls we’ll have," Webster said on public safety. He added they won’t ask for more help outside of the county and that they would handle the rally themselves.
Karen Riordan, the President and CEO of the Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce released this statement. “The Myrtle Beach Area Chamber remains staunchly pro-business, understanding that our businesses wish to recoup losses, after having suffered terribly due to the Covid-19 crisis, with business being disrupted for close to two months. When contacted by the county about the proposed bike rally in July, we were informed that it will put additional burden on our law enforcement personnel, as well as financial burden on the county, as both spring bike rallies have already been re-scheduled for September and October. The Chamber is sympathetic to this reality, as the county will also suffer significant tax revenue losses due to Covid 19.”