NAACP: Bikefest loop, increased officers ‘step back’ from progress

The NAACP will keep a close watch on visitors, locals and area police to ensure treatment of visitors here for Atlantic Beach Memorial Day Bikefest is the same as for those who came for the Harley-Davidson rally, though some leaders said Thursday the 23-mile traffic loop already sets the wrong tone.

Leaders of the state and local chapters of the NAACP met with media Thursday to discuss their initiative, Operation Bike Week Justice, which started nine years ago to protest businesses closing during Bikefest, which is predominantly black, but remaining open during the Harley rally.