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Government Actions Harm Citizens’ Income in Myrtle Beach

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Last week was “The Pilgrimage” in Myrtle Beach, a weekend-long bike rally.

Normally, this event is a nice economic spike for the city, bringing in tourists who spend money at hospitality and restaurant businesses.

But this year, it seems the weekend was not as heavily attended as usual. Was it because of the recession?

Perhaps. But it is likely that government regulations also helped drive people away – albeit it unintentionally – and that’s not making business owners feel any better.

A few of the city and county actions that hurt Myrtle Beach businesses:

  • Mandatory helmet law;
  • Curfew from 1 a.m.-6 a.m. for anyone under age 18;
  • Ban on loitering in parking lots; and
  • High permit costs for vendors.

According to the Sun News, one business proprietor estimated his attendance was down 90 percent compared to last year. The General Assembly has already demonstrated their lack of understanding of sound economic policies.

It makes little sense to turn away paying customers simply because their mode of transportation has two wheels instead of four, particularly during an economic downturn.

Local governments in the Myrtle Beach area are harming their citizens through regulations and laws that create disincentives for businesses. Lawmakers are in essence stealing from the citizens by making it more difficult to conduct business.

Economies thrive when government allows the free market to function. Myrtle Beach seems to have taken one on the chin; will they learn a lesson and reverse bad policies?


Written by Geoff Pallay

October 6, 2009 at 2:01 pm

Posted in Economics, Taxes

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