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Police host Memorial Day, bike fest community watch meetings this week

Need to know how the Myrtle Beach Police Department will be handling the Memorial Day weekend surge in tourism and accompanying bike fest?
The department is holding a series of public meetings beginning Tuesday to share their operational plan and address questions and concerns from businesses and residents.

The meetings for businesses will be held at 10 a.m. on Tuesday and Wednesday. Separately, the community watch meetings for residents will be held at 6 p.m. on Tuesday and Wednesday.

The meetings will be held at the Myrtle Beach Train Depot, 851 Broadway Street.

The Atlantic Beach bike week traffic loop is expected to be in effect from May 25-27, although the NAACP is challenging the 23-mile loop in federal court.

A preliminary ruling is pending, but may not occur before Memorial Day.

Barriers will also be in place along Ocean Boulevard, and have already started popping up in North Myrtle Beach near Atlantic Beach, which is the headquarters for the bike rally. Those barriers will be used for the traffic chute into Atlantic Beach.

Hundreds of extra law enforcement officials will be on hand for the event, and plan to use surveillance towers and more than 40 license plate readers that will be placed throughout the Grand Strand.

Increased law enforcement also means the court clerk’s office will be open around-the-clock, and the Horry County emergency operations center will open.