POLL: Myrtle Beach considers 2 a.m. closing for new bars

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (AP) – Myrtle Beach City Council is considering requiring new bars to close at 2 a.m.

The Sun News of Myrtle Beach reported the measure would leave the option for some existing businesses to stay open after 2 a.m.

It’s the latest proposal to curb some bar activity after a shooting at a downtown club hurt five people Nov. 5.

City Manager John Pedersen said the shooting tarnished the reputation for Myrtle Beach’s image as a resort city.

Councilwoman Mary Jeffcoat said allowing drinking after 2 a.m. puts residents, visitors and police officers at risk.

Councilman Mike Chestnut voted against an emergency ordinance Nov. 8 to close bars and clubs at 2 a.m. in the area where the shooting occurred. Chestnut worries broader restrictions would punish new bars with no problems.

 

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