CAROLINA BEACH, NC (WWAY) — The talk of Pleasure Island is whether to formally invite bikers to Carolina Beach who for years have gone to Myrtle Beach. Those pushing for the invitation say it would bring a much needed economic boost, while those against say it would damage the town’s reputation.
From residents to visitors, the majority of people we spoke with Tuesday did not mind the idea of inviting select biker clubs to Carolina Beach on the same week Myrtle Beach plays host to hundreds.
“We would like to have a part of this,” Danny Swinson said. “We would like to have the revenue here to keep our employees working.”
Swinson, an employee at Drifters Reef Motel, is the man behind the push to bring bikers in during Myrtle Beach’s Bike Week. He has asked the town get behind his plan to send out a formal invitation to select motorcycle clubs whose members include veterans and first responders.
It’s stirred debate on whether hosting hundreds of bikers can affect Carolina Beach’s family friendly image.
“These are people with families, these are business professionals that may put on a bandana and blue jeans on the weekend and jump on their bike and come down here,” Swinson said.
Mayor Joel Macon has some concerns.
“I think really the problem for Carolina Beach is not that we don’t want to be the beach for everyone. It’s just that logistics-wise and size-wise it’s just not a fit,” Macon said.
Some people we spoke with feel the same way as Macon. One visitor said the problem is not the bikers, but the crowds and traffic.
“I wouldn’t mind if they’re here, but I would try to stay away and come during the quiet times,” said Kate Dalrymple, who was visiting from Raleigh. “But if it brings in revenue for the town, then I have no problem with it.”
Carolina Beach Town Council is scheduled to discuss whether it will support the invitation at its meeting that starts at 5:30 p.m. a Town Hall. We’ll have the results tonight on WWAY NewsChannel 3 at 11.