Dec 112008
 

It seems that our friends (?) in Myrtle Beach are working diligently to come to some kind of decision as to the fate of the Harley Spring Rally and the Atlantic Beach Bikefest.  Council members met on Tuesday, but were unable to come to a consensus.  They have, however, decided to meet as a small group with a few biker groups to try and resolve some of the issues that are still on the table.

As it stands at this moment, the MB community is still divided.  Many residents are tired of the noise and disruption while many small business owners and tourist venues are worried about the lost of the quarter million people that come in for each event and the gobs of money they leave behind.

There is a plan that received preliminary approval last month.  The proposal at the moment is a restriction of vendor permits designed to spread the events out over a wider area.  Last year there were 440 permits sold and all vendors were east of the Waccamaw River.  The proposed plan will limit the number of permits to 400 distributed as follows: 200 west of the river, 100 between the river and intercoastal waterway, and 100 east of the waterway.  Prices east of the river would increase and all vendor permits would be shortened in time.  The Harley rally will have five day permits instead of the usual 10 day, and the Bikefest permits will be reduced from five days to four.   This plan needs two more votes to pass.

As far as I can tell, the noise ordinances are still going to be in affect and the helmet law has not yet been repealed.

 

Love, Respect, and Ride Safe,

ArtBiker

 

Sturgis, Custer State Park, The Outlaws MC, and The Hells Angels

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Nov 262008
 

Hells Angel Chad Wilson and prospect John Midmore  were found not guilty of attempted murder in the August 8, 2006 shootings of five members of the Outlaws MC at Custer State Park.  Both men still face charges for conspiracy to commit murder, but their lawyer, David Kenner, feels this will not hold up in court.  He states if there was no attempted murder, there could be no conspiracy.  Regardless of Kenner’s position, if the two men involved in the shooting go to trial for conspiracy, the verdict could carry life sentences for each.

Interestingly enough, the Outlaws do not make a habit of attending the annual Sturgis Rally.  According to ATF agent Robert Boland, the Outlaws have only made a strong showing in Sturgis twice, once in 1990 and again in 2006.  He feels that any further conflict between the two clubs will most likely happen where territory overlaps rather that again in the Black Hills.  Neither the Hells Angels nor the Outlaws claim South Dakota as part of their territory.

 

L&R,

ArtBiker