Safety called into question at Myrtle Beach Boardwalk

Myrtle Beach, SC - By Trey Paul - bio | email

MYRTLE BEACH,SC (WMBF) – With the opening of the Myrtle Beach Boardwalk just around the corner, some are glad to know that at least one Myrtle Beach police officer will be assigned to patrol the new attraction.

"Anything can happen. Anything people can think of can happen especially at night when it's dark," said Eileen Gillespie, who works at Pier 14.

Gillespie says she can't imagine a boardwalk without an officer, especially after a man reported to Myrtle Beach Police that while walking on South Ocean Boulevard, three men pulled their car over, jumped out, grabbed his money and punched him.

"You never know what to expect. There are dark corners here and there and you don't know what's going on," said Gillespie.

"You hear about people walking around there really late at night all drunk. Don't want to walk down there the wrong time of day. It's just like they're building something really nice in an area of town that's not so nice," said one local.

Nearby hotel workers say fighting and prostitution are also present, especially during the summer.

"A police officer is the one that can handle that," Gillespie said.

Police officers with the Myrtle Beach Police Department say the boardwalk will be well lit and at least one officer will also be patrolling Ocean Boulevard.

"A good just in case, "said Gillespie.

The Myrtle Beach Boardwalk is scheduled to open May 15. The northern section of the boardwalk is already complete.

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