From our News Partners at WCBD-TV:
MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (WBTW) - Residents and business owners are calling for the City of Myrtle Beach to end Atlantic Beach Bike Fest activity in the town.
In two days, a Facebook page demanding the city put an end to Bike Fest has gotten more than eleven thousand likes as well as hundreds of comments from residents.
Business owners tell News 13 after the weekend, they fear for their customer’s safety as well as their own.
Several owners spoke to News 13 about the issue but refused to release their identities.
Buz Plyler, the owner of the Gay Dolphin, was the only business owner who would speak on camera.
He says the event is not only becoming increasingly more dangerous, but his sales dropped 95% during the week.
Plyler says the city would do better without Bike Fest.
"They don't want to see their event come to an end, but from the standpoint of the businesses it would be better if we returned to the regular crowd,” he said.
Not everyone agrees.
One restaurant manager says their sales were through the roof last weekend.
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