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Safe on the Boardwalk? - Thursday at 6 p.m.

Myrtle Beach, SC -

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - The more than $6 million attraction is drawing tourists and residents to Myrtle Beach's waterfront, but are officials truly enforcing new rules to keep the Myrtle Beach Boardwalk and Promenade safe?

Officials with the City of Myrtle Beach opened the area's newest attraction to the public in May, bringing with it high hopes of changing the reputation of Ocean Boulevard. Paired with events and downtown festivals, the Myrtle Beach Boardwalk and Promenade has entertained thousands along the one-mile stretch of beach.

To keep visitors safe and the boardwalk clean, the City of Myrtle Beach has developed a laundry list of rules aimed at keeping pets, skateboarders and even the area's homeless at bay.

PETS AND BIKES: Residents and tourists are permitted to walk animals and ride bikes along the boardwalk during certain times of the day. During the peak summer season, those activities will be allowed from 5 a.m. to 10 a.m. In the off-season, time constraints do not apply.

ALCOHOL: Alcohol will not be permitted within any of the boardwalk's divided districts.

NOISE: The Central District is the only section of the Myrtle Beach Boardwalk and Promenade where amplified sound is permitted. All noise must meet noise requirements as outlined in city ordinances.

TRASH: Those walking along the boardwalk are not permitted to spit gum, litter or obstruct the passage way.

FEEDING ANIMALS: The feeding of animals situated within the different districts of the boardwalk is not permitted.

Where family fun is supposed to dominate, could crime, prostitution and drugs soon begin trump the area's clean new image?

On Thursday at 6 p.m., WMBF News Reporter Laura Thomas is catching rule violations along the Myrtle Beach Boardwalk and Promenade and confronting the City of Myrtle Beach on whether it is strictly enforcing the new rules.

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