UPDATE: "Family Beach" Won't Be Biker Alternative

Carolina Beach won't be a North Carolina alternative to a biker festival in South Carolina.

The StarNews of Wilmington reported that a hotel representative withdrew a request that Carolina Beach Town Council endorse an invitation to bikers to visit them instead of Myrtle Beach, S.C.

Danny Swinson says he withdrew the request after getting negative public reaction.

Councilman Lonnie Lashley says she wants to make sure local residents know the council was responsive to their concerns.

Swinson had suggested sending invitations to motorcycle clubs that represent charities, firefighters or police officers to visit Carolina Beach instead of Myrtle Beach.

Bikers have been upset with Myrtle Beach since the city decided to crack down on bikers who visit in May because of concerns about rowdy behavior.



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Carolina Beach town officials will consider whether to invite motorcyclists to come stay there during Bike Week in nearby Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.

The StarNews of Wilmington reported the Town Council will vote Tuesday whether to endorse the invitations.

Restaurant and bar representative Danny Swinson said the invitations would go to motorcycle clubs representing charities or those affiliated with police officers or firefighters.

Swinson says the bikers could mean big business, but some council members worry about the negative image and raucous behavior associated with bikers.

Mayor Joel Macon recalls a time when bikers did visit Carolina Beach and it became known as a rough area. Macon says the beach has worked hard to earn a reputation as a family beach.


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  • by Sharon Location: Washington, NC on Mar 23, 2011 at 02:36 PM
    Let 'em go to PAMLICO Beach! Or Oriental!
  • by Vickie Location: Grimeslad on Mar 23, 2011 at 09:48 AM
    Didn't figure WITN would not post my comment,BUT will you if I just say Crotch rockets,gangs,etc.are the reason for not being invited?Who is keeping the arm chair warm?Hmmmmm
  • by Vickie Location: Grimesland on Mar 23, 2011 at 09:14 AM
    We all know why they decided NO.It's because sooner than later BBW wouldn't be too far behind!!!!Throwing mattresses out windows,eating Micky Dee's in restaurants while demanding full service,urinating and grabbing themselves in public,among 100 other savage acts.Yes,we know why!
  • by David McGowan Location: Greenville, NC on Mar 23, 2011 at 08:11 AM
    "Councilman Lonnie Lashley says she wants to make sure local residents know the council was responsive to their concerns." Translated into the local residents should be happy when their property taxes are increased.
  • by 05 Fatboy Location: New Bern on Mar 23, 2011 at 07:57 AM
    I just want to ride and have a good time doing it. Myrtle Beach was a great place to do that, and I'm going back this year. 5 straight years and I've never seen any trouble. Vendors, food, and a couple of beers during the day. Clubs, riding, and night cap at Lakewood Campground at night is just what this dad of 4 needs to kick off the summer!
  • by Sam Location: Kitty Hawk on Mar 23, 2011 at 07:52 AM
    I'm no biker and don't ever plan to get a motorcycle, due to the fact that I don't want to risk getting paralized cause of idiots (in cars) on the road that don't pay attention and could run one over easily. I don't want to risk not being able to surf or play golf again, but I'll say I don't see anything wrong with a bike week. That brings in tons of money to the local area. I have a couple of business colleagues that are into the biking and own motorcycles but that's just not my thing. Not all bikers are bad by any means. There's too much misconception about bikers in general from many people out of the general public.
  • by pIRATE Location: Greenville on Mar 23, 2011 at 07:02 AM
    Good idea. Nothing in Carolina Beach that would make a good bike rally anyway. Same goes for New Bern and the OBX. Myrtle always will be the East coast spot to go other than Daytona. But MB has been ruined and it just isn't the same. Correction though - bike week is actually pretty trouble-free. Never seen a fight or robbery or beating. Sometimes some petty theft and a few accidents, but most people's impression is way off.
  • by JB Location: Greenville on Mar 23, 2011 at 06:10 AM
    Bike week is nothing but trouble anyway. Loud guys and huge women. Send it out west.
  • by Larry Location: Goldsboro on Mar 23, 2011 at 05:14 AM
    The helmet law in myrtle beach has been lifted, why in the world would you go anywhere in NC? Why in gods name would anyone wanna spend bike week in New Bern at a dirty fairground? I'll be in Myrtle Beach
  • by Grammar Witch Location: MHC on Mar 23, 2011 at 04:30 AM
    Come to Atlantic Beach! We love to have bikers here! The Beach Tavern is a meeting place anyway.
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