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Date ArticleType
5/31/2016 General
Media Statement from Brad Dean - Response to 2016 Memorial Day Weekend


With the 2016 Memorial Day weekend ending without significant incidents of violence or property damage, Brad Dean, president and CEO of the Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce, issued the following statement:

“We are extremely grateful to all of our local and state government officials, law enforcement and public servants who worked tirelessly before and throughout this Memorial Day weekend to ensure the safety and security of our community for both residents and visitors. This was our second year utilizing a safety plan which included a 23-mile traffic loop, additional law enforcement, community ambassadors, and other resources. In addition to the anticipated influx of bikers and vacationers, we were unexpectedly forced to modify this year’s plan to incorporate additional safety and security initiatives in preparation for Tropical Storm Bonnie.

While this holiday weekend we did not experience the level of senseless crime or violence that paralyzed the Grand Strand in the years leading up to 2014, we recognize the need for a similar community plan for next year. The Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce will continue to protect our longstanding reputation as being a safe, family-friendly, and welcoming vacation destination. Moving forward, we will continue to work with our local and state government officials to help fund this safety plan and ensure the Memorial Day holiday returns to being a safe and fun weekend that celebrates our military heroes and kicks off the summer season.”

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About The Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce
Since 1938, the Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce has stood as the unified voice of the Grand Strand's business community. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce has awarded the MBACC its five-star accreditation, one of only several chambers in South Carolina to earn this distinction. The MBACC serves Myrtle Beach, North Myrtle Beach, Surfside Beach, Little River, Atlantic Beach, Garden City Beach, Loris, Conway, Aynor, Murrells Inlet, Litchfield Beach and Pawleys Island. For more information, visit The Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce is the proud recipient of the Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives’ “2015 Chamber of the Year” award.