Gov. Haley urges Atlantic Beach to end Bikefest

Gov. Nikki Haley

ATLANTIC BEACH, S.C. (AP) -- Gov. Nikki Haley is urging the Atlantic Beach Town Council to work with her to end the town's annual biker festival and work with the state to redevelop the town to make it a family-friendly destination.

The Atlantic Beach Bikefest attracts tens of thousands to the small seaside community every Memorial Day weekend. But this year, there were eight shootings along the Grand Strand, including three people shot and killed at a motel nearby Myrtle Beach.

Haley told the council Tuesday the state stands ready to help with redeveloping the tiny, predominantly black community. She promised redevelopment will mean the same revenue and the same amount of visitors the community sees during Bikefest.

Mayor Jake Evans says council is open to suggestions but wants to keep the Bikefest.