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THEMADKAW


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posted September 24, 2008 08:19 AM        
New Myrtle Beach Ordinances for Bikers!!!

Something I think every Biker should know before he spends another dime in Myrtle Beach Myrtle Beach's proposed motorcycle rally ordinances:
Ordinance 2008-57: The Nuisance Ordinance
What it says: It declares bike rallies - and all other unpermitted events that
require extra city money, time and resources - to be nuisances, and
allows the city to hold those responsible for the events liable for the
city's costs.
Details:
The city says if
you promote or sponsor unpermitted events that focus on Myrtle Beach,
you are liable for the costs the city racks up trying to police the
events and clean up after them. The city has said it will apportion
responsibility on a case-by-case basis.
It does not matter how often the events occur, how long they have gone on or
what the time between them is.
Even if the nuisance occurs on private property, the property owner can be
cited.
Penalty: Violating this law could land you in jail as well as hit your wallet.
You can be cited criminally for the nuisance, and can be sued by the
city for the city's costs because of your event.
When it takes effect: Immediately upon adoption.
Ordinance 2008-58: The Spillover Ordinance
What it says: Nuisances can come from outside the city, and the city can still
hold
organizers and promoters responsible for the city's costs.
Details:
If
you are planning an event that you think could spill over into the city
and cause city staff or police officers to have to respond, you should
apply for a special-events permits.
The city grants no special-events permits during the month of May.
Penalty: Like Ordinance 58, it's both civil and criminal. The city can go to
court and seek an arrest warrant against you and take you to court to
try and recover its costs.
When it takes effect: Immediately upon adoption.
Ordinance 2008-59: 2 a.m. Bar-Closings
What it says: Only those businesses that have applied for exemptions can remain
open and serve beer and wine after 2 a.m.
Details:
All
businesses that sell beer and wine after 2 a.m. can apply for, and will
get exemptions, as long as they meet security standards and do not hold
drinking contests or events or contests that involve disrobing - like
wet T-shirt contests.
All security personnel must be licensed by the state and bonded.
If
your business does not provide security personnel and two criminal
offenses - robberies, drug violations, assaults, disturbing-the-peace
incidents or alcohol violations - occur within six months of each
other, you will be required to provide security personnel. If you do
not within 30 days, you lose your exemption for one year.
No
business with the exemption can have more than three such incidents
within three months without losing its exemption for a year.
Businesses
that have two violations related to alcohol service to minors or people
who are already intoxicated within six months will have to undergo
training.
Penalty: Losing your business'
exemption. If you lose your exemption for a year, that year must be
incident-free before you can re-apply for the exemption.
When it takes effect: 90 days after adoption.
Ordinance 2008-60: Don't Dine & Dash
What it says: If you get food or drinks and leave without paying, you're in
trouble.
Details:
If
you have a dispute over the bill or the service or the quality of the
food, you must leave identification so the dispute can be resolved
later. It's not OK to just leave without paying.
The ordinance
allows the city to prosecute these incidents instead of having to turn
them over to the state to be prosecuted as theft or larceny.
Penalty: It's a misdemeanor, punishable by a fine of up to $500 and/or up to 30
days in jail.
When it takes effect: Immediately upon adoption.
Ordinance 2008-61: Room Rental Rules
What it says: If your property is subject to the accommodations tax, you must:
Keep a guest register showing the name, residence and check-in and check-out
dates of every single guest in every single room.
Every
single guest will be identified, and the person financially responsible
for the room will produce a driver's license or state ID and his or her
home address.
The responsible guest will provide the license-plate number of every single
vehicle associated with his or her room.
The
innkeeper, hotel/motel or rental agent will issue a parking placard for
every one of those vehicles, even if they are parked on the streets,
and the placards will be displayed at all times.
Anyone under 18
must check in with an adult - a parent or chaperone. The adult must
accept responsibility for all damage to the room.
There's no camping, partying, drinking in or destruction of city-required
landscaped areas at any business.
Penalty: An administrative infraction against the property owner or agent. See
Ordinance 2008-71 for explanation.
When it takes effect: 90 days after adoption.
Ordinance 2008-62: Parking Lots are Parking Lots
What it says: Parking lots are not places for impromptu parties, camping or
bars.
Details:
You cannot drink or have open containers of alcohol in parking lots unless the
business owner has an exemption.
Penalty: It's an administrative infraction for those drinking, those allowing
the drinking and the property owners.
When it takes effect: 90 days after adoption.
Ordinance 2008-63: Get Out of the Bushes
What it says: No loitering, lingering, partying, camping or otherwise
congregating in city-required landscaped areas.
Details:
Business/property owners must provide security and policies to discourage the
behavior.
Penalty: An administrative infraction against the people in the landscaped areas
and the property owner or agent. See Ordinance 2008-71 for explanation.
When it takes effect: 90 days after adoption.
Ordinance 2008-64: The Helmet Law
What it says: Anyone on a motorcycle or mo-ped must wear a helmet and protective
eyewear inside city limits.
Details:
Helmets
must meet federal safety standards. Such helmets come with stickers
inside indicating compliance, but even if the stickers are missing, the
helmet is OK as long as it's clearly compliant.
Helmets must have chinstraps and they must be used.
Protective eyewear includes sunglasses and goggles, but does not require a
full-face shield.
No one can sell helmets for road use that do not meet safety standards.
Penalty: An administrative infraction. See Ordinance 2008-71 for explanation.
When it takes effect: 90 days after adoption.
Ordinance 2008-65: Oversized Parking Regulations
What it says: No parking boats, boat trailers, horse trailers, travel trailers,
motorcoaches, tent-trailers, converted vans and buses, semi-trailers,
tractors, tractor-trailer rigs or recreational vehicles on city
streets. If it's longer than 20 feet and taller than 9 feet and wider
than 7 feet, it's not OK for city-street parking.
Details:
Moving vans are OK with a permit issued free through the Myrtle Beach Police
Department.
Penalty: An administrative infraction and impoundment of the vehicle.
When it takes effect: 90 days after adoption.
Ordinance 2008-66: Convenience-business Security
What it says: Certain security measures are required at convenience stores and
businesses with drive-throughs.
Details:
Convenience
businesses will all have: security camera systems; a cash-drop safe or
other cash-management device; lighted parking lots; no signs blocking
the view of the parking area from inside the store; height markers at
the entrances; a policy limiting cash on hand after 11 p.m.; posted
no-loitering signs; a silent alarm to a private company; no window
tinting that reduces exterior or interior sight.
Businesses can apply for exemptions to the silent-alarm requirement through the
police department for $25.
If
your business has a robbery, attempted robbery or other violent crime
arising from a robbery within two years of the date the ordinance takes
effect, you'll have to do one of the following: Have two employees on
duty from 11 p.m. to 5 a.m.; have a security guard from 11 p.m. to 5
a.m.; lock the doors between 11 p.m. and 5 a.m. and do business through
a window or pass-through; or close between 11 p.m. and 5 a.m.
Penalty: An administrative infraction against the business owner. See Ordinance
2008-71 for explanation.
When it takes effect: 90 days after adoption.
Ordinance 2008-67: Juvenile Curfew
What it says: Kids under 18 cannot be out in public areas from 1-6 a.m. unless
with a parent or guardian
Details:
There
are exceptions: natural disaster, fire, vehicle accidents or any
situation in which a minor is avoiding serious injury or death; working
or going to or coming back from work; on the sidewalk abutting the
minor's house; on a school, church, city, civic, recreational or
governmental activity; or if the minor is married or emancipated.
Before
taking any action, an officer will ask the suspected minor's age, ask
for ID, and can take the minor into custody while contacting parents or
guardians, but only if it seems the minor is in danger or that none of
the exceptions apply.
Penalty: An administrative infraction against the minor and his or her parent or
guardian. See Ordinance 71 for explanation.
When it takes effect: 90 days after adoption.
Ordinance 2008-68: The Noise Ordinance
What it says: Motor vehicles that do not meet city noise standards can be
impounded
and stored until the owner or operator can get them out of town without
operating them illegally. Also, leave the rubber on your tires, not on
the road.
Details:
Motorcycles built after
Dec. 31, 1982, must have unmodified exhaust mufflers bearing federal
Environmental Protection Agency stickers or stamps. Motorcycles built
before Dec. 31, 1982, must not be louder than 83 decibels when measured
from 20 inches away.
Not allowed: broken, straight-pipe,
hollow-core or off-road mufflers, a muffler system that bypasses the
regular muffler system or any muffler that is modified to increase
noise.
Regardless of the muffler, you cannot: "burn out," "burn rubber," "lay down
rubber" or "peel rubber."
Penalty: An administrative infraction and vehicle can be impounded and stored
until the rider/driver/owner can either fix the muffler system or get
the vehicle out of town without driving it.
When it takes effect: 90 days after adoption.
Ordinance 2008-69: The Loitering Ordinance
What it says: Don't loiter where signs have been posted saying "no loitering."
Penalty: A criminal offense. It's a misdemeanor and can get you up to a $500
fine and/or up to 30 days in jail.
When it takes effect: Immediately after adoption.
Ordinance 2008-70: Motorcycle Parking
What it says: One bike to a parking space at all times, and no deactivating
parking meters for bikes.
Details:
In the past, the city has allowed motorcycle riders to park more than one bike
in each parking space.
The
city also used to allow business owners to pay a $10-a-day fee to
deactivate parking meters in front of their businesses for motorcycles.
Penalty: It's a misdemeanor for the riders violating parking rules and for
business owners ignoring or violating the meter-deactivation rule.
When it takes effect: Immediately after adoption.
Ordinance 2008-71: The Administrative Justice Ordinance
What it says: The city will create an administrative hearing process to deal
with administrative infractions.
Details:
The
city manager will oversee the administrative hearing division and will
help select an administrative officer to act as the judge. That officer
must be an attorney with at least three years of active practice.
The
administrative officer can hold conferences; administer oaths; hear
testimony; issue subpoenas; rule on motions, objections and the
admissibility of evidence; issue a final order; and impose penalties
and fines, among other duties.
All sworn police personnel,
code-enforcement officers, city inspectors and fire prevention
personnel can give out administrative infraction citations.
The
city attorney, assistant city attorney or designated attorney will
appear for the city, while the person cited can represent himself or
have an attorney do so.
Hearsay is permitted and documents can be
received into evidence without formal proof of authenticity, but the
judge decides how much weight - if any - that evidence carries.
If
you are issued an administrative citation, you can pay the fine within
30 days or attend the hearing and challenge the citation.
If the judge imposes a fine, you have 10 days to pay it.
If you ignore the judge's order, it's a misdemeanor and carries criminal
penalties.
If fines and assessments are not paid within 10 days, they go up by $100 every
30 days after that
When it takes effect: Immediately after adoption.


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ratbyk


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posted September 24, 2008 08:38 AM        
My! MB sure sounds like a M/C unfriendly place. Best thing to do is avoid it like the plague. Spend your $ somewhere else. Although if you think of all the BS the police and residents of MB have had to endure over the years you can see their point. Certainly sounds pretty heavy handed though. It is their town. Play by their rules or go elsewhere.
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Superman T


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posted September 24, 2008 09:26 AM        
Some of those rules/laws are petty
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posted September 24, 2008 09:53 AM        
So.... don't ride like an idiot, don't be a drunken bafoon, and follow the same parking rules as everyone else? Other than the exhaust thing which most states have but don't enforce I don't see the big deal. If people stop going there, they won't get their money and it'll be thrown on the backburners.
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THEMADKAW


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posted September 24, 2008 10:25 AM        Edited By: THEMADKAW on 24 Sep 2008 17:28
most of those rules are there to stop cyclist from coming there period!!! regardless of how you act or how you drive. i haven't gotten any tickets,been arrested for being drunk, but if i go down there in with my bike, they can cite me and impound my vehicle soon as i cross the city limit!!
and that goes for everyone else also!!!!
its discrimination!
i do believe in keeping events under control and civil,
but at the same time, if you don't like noise and crowds, don't live in a resort city.
I've never been to Harley week, but i have been to senior week (same time as wifes b-day) and its just as rowdy then,as bike week. just less motorcycles!

we have plans to go down next month. 3rd time this year, but now i think the wife's gonna be mad!
Cause i aint goin!!

and the other thing is,

If you let one city do, others will follow!!
and then where will you ride?

something like this should concern all bikers whether you attend rallies or not!


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posted September 24, 2008 10:44 AM        
I say you guys should cancel it for a few years.
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posted September 24, 2008 10:57 AM        Edited By: SteveWFL on 24 Sep 2008 18:11
I was there a few weeks ago and it was great. Of course no rally was going on but I did get to raise some hell with the locals I know and visit some special friends anyway, and we all have loud bikes :P

I was doing more riding and socializing than pic taking, but I got a few-









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Superman T


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posted September 24, 2008 11:23 AM        
quote:
So.... don't ride like an idiot, don't be a drunken bafoon, and follow the same parking rules as everyone else? Other than the exhaust thing which most states have but don't enforce I don't see the big deal. If people stop going there, they won't get their money and it'll be thrown on the backburners.


I would hope this is not a responce for me. I think the parking clause(only 1 bike per space) is silly.
Steve, great pics! I have to take my bike up there once to experience the vibe on 2 wheels!

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ratbyk


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posted September 24, 2008 01:57 PM        
I can remember back in the early 60's the AAA used to post "speed trap" towns and counties in N & S Carolina and Georgia with a recommendation to avoid them. The locals in these towns were collecting more $ from people outside their areas to fund local projects and keep taxes down. Every time they wrote a speeding ticket etc from someone out side the state it was new $ into their economy. Of course it also funded graft projects for local politicians. When local business's started to see a noticeable drop in their revenues because no one would even go near the town they squawked enough that it tapered off.
I can remember one night in March 64 we were coming back from Myrtle Beach headed for southern Ont. It was around 3am. About 8 cars were dusting right along at about 75mph. We were all behaving, Keeping a reasonable spacing, no one passing, just motoring right along. No one else on the highway. Another car came up and started passing us all. As he came along side the lead car in our group on went the lights in his back window and in behind the grill. He pulled us all over. Walked back and collected every ones drivers licence and registration. We then had to follow him up the road for a bit. He pulled over, unlocked a gate off the highway. We followed to the next house on the service road. Stopped, a JP was already set up in his garage for court. We were all fined $135. and had to pay right there unless you lived in N Carolina. Highway Taxes!!
Simply avoid MB like the playgoer. When local motels/hotels/restaurants etc start to seeing a noticeable drop in revenues it will lighten up.

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posted September 24, 2008 10:47 PM        
F**k em'! Why go somewhere you're not wanted? They hate bikers over there so much but they have no problem with taking our money!
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posted September 24, 2008 11:12 PM        
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posted September 24, 2008 11:17 PM        Edited By: Rideharder on 25 Sep 2008 06:18
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gsxrassassin


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posted September 25, 2008 10:33 AM        
Just seems to me like more and more folks will be driving/riding down to Florida for Daytona Beach, Biketoberfest, etc. If Myrtle doesn't want me there I just won't go.

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posted September 25, 2008 11:13 AM        
quote:
Just seems to me like more and more folks will be driving/riding down to Florida for Daytona Beach, Biketoberfest, etc. If Myrtle doesn't want me there I just won't go.

GSXR
+1 Assassin. It's too bad we cannot convince all bikers not to fund this event with their hard earned cash. I bet if there wasn't a single bike that showed-up to their whine-fest then they would be quick to revoke all those asinine ordinances to keep us "rowdy" bikers in line.
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posted September 25, 2008 11:39 AM        
quote:
Just seems to me like more and more folks will be driving/riding down to Florida for Daytona Beach, Biketoberfest, etc. If Myrtle doesn't want me there I just won't go.

GSXR


Florida Biketoberfest is coming up, to not only include a bike week, but CCS amatuer racing at the Daytona Track the weekend before, and AMA Racing the final weekend!

Last year Eric and I took our track bikes, and let me tell you.....knee-dragging the turns and hitting the walls wide open at daytona is a FANTASY come true!
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THEMADKAW


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posted September 26, 2008 07:05 AM        
i dont know when i'll get to fla.
but now i hate that i already promise the wife we'd go to Myrtle in oct.
gonna stay with friends and eat outside the city! gonna try not to spend a DIME in the city.
and tell all the people that we usually patronize we or atleast I won't be back until they make some changes!

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posted September 26, 2008 07:52 PM        Edited By: Scalded Dawg on 27 Sep 2008 02:53
Was that some kinda "R1 porn shoot" or sometin?

Take the bike out, and put a girl in, and you got a Playboy spread.

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SteveWFL


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posted September 26, 2008 08:00 PM        Edited By: SteveWFL on 27 Sep 2008 03:23
Scalded Dawg: I appreciate your comment, topic was "riding" hence my pics of riding the beach.





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MJ


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posted September 28, 2008 02:05 AM        
I wouldn't want my town turned into the livingroom for a huge biker party either. If folks could be respectful it would probably be fine. But it sounds like as usual the bad seeds have ruined it for everyone there
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SteveWFL


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posted September 28, 2008 10:36 AM        
Yes, the Myrtle Beach community is saying a bike week and some of the trash it attracts is not worth the truckloads of revenue going forward, and they're tightening up.
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