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Immediate Release June 10, 2014

Contacts:

Dennis Welborn, State Legislative Coordinator

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Press ReleaseABATE of South Carolina has been concerned about the recent shootings that happened during the 34th Annual Atlantic Beach Bike Festival that takes place during the Memorial Day weekend. We have always had a strong opposition to any violent acts that are committed and continue that stance. ABATE is also aware that these where NOT motorcyclists but young South Carolina adults that lived in other parts of the State. Although we do NOT understand what caused them to use violence to end whatever dispute they had we must continue to reiterate that these were NOT motorcyclists shooting each other.

ABATE member Violet “Heels” Lucas recently attended a public hearing and this is what she had to say:

 

“My Name is Violet “Heels” Lucas, I am a Resident of South Carolina, a Property Owner of South Carolina, a Motorcyclist of South Carolina and a Tourist of South Carolina, Mayor Rhodes on behalf of Motorcyclist we empathize with your concern for the safety of your residence, however you have to include the concern for the safety of your Tourists whom are Motorcyclists, Chairman Lazarus, on behalf of Motorcyclist we Thank You for the foresight to form a committee to work with Mayor Evans to NOT end bike fest, Mayor Hatley, in 2009, I attended and spoke at several of your City's meeting under the direction of Chief Bailey to save bike fest.”

“We can all agree that the Town of Atlantic Beach can NOT house 380,000 guests, but neither can the City of North Myrtle Beach, the City of Myrtle Beach or Horry County, collectively the Grand Strand is a Tourist Destination and Motorcyclists are Tourists who chose to come to the Grand Strand. Collectively each of you need to ensure NOT just the safety of your Residents but your Motorcycle Tourists as well.”

“The Grand Strand is a Tourist Destination, Your Tourists are also Motorcyclists, Your Tourists are invited guest, we would NOT invite guests to our homes without insuring that its cleaned, entertaining them and setting rules in which we wish for them to follow while they are in our homes.”

“We as Tourists, whom are Motorcyclists are essentially saying exactly what you all as elected officials are saying, however we're NOT saying them to each other. Mayor Rhodes, We as Tourists whom are Motorcyclists have a overwhelming concern about the incident that happened on the Boulevard, but they are NOT Tourists or Motorcyclist, those are "Drifters" who come in for the day and create havoc, and we as Tourists whom are Motorcyclists are saying they are NOT Us, they are NOT attached to us NOR affiliated with us, we too do NOT wish for their attendance at Bike fest.”

ABATE of South Carolina is a State Motorcyclists Rights Organization dedicated to defending the rights of all motorcyclists who choose to ride in the State of South Carolina. ABATE of South Carolina also encourages all motorcyclists to register to vote and become active within the political process. ABATE encourages motorcyclists to voluntarily obtain motorcycle rider training. Many members of ABATE are involved in a variety of charitable organizations and take great pride in being active members of their communities. Learn more about ABATE at www.abatesc.com