Familiar faces talk Ocean Boulevard crime

Some local business owners and residents said they are beginning to feel nothing is being done, despite voicing their concerns. (Source: Lisa Gresci)
Some local business owners and residents said they are beginning to feel nothing is being done, despite voicing their concerns. (Source: Lisa Gresci)

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - Familiar faces speak out against Myrtle Beach violence for the second time after Thursday's murder at the Wave Rider Resort.

Three people who confronted the city council about Bike Fest violence feel that crime has just spilled over into the rest of the summer.

Some local business owners and residents said they are beginning to feel nothing is being done, despite voicing their concerns.

The following are quotes from Dick Todd, Linda Griffin and Dean Gagne:

"If you have trash you're going to attract rats. I'll put it that way."

"It's totally frightening!"

"It affects the way we live!"

All three confronted the Myrtle Beach City Council and agreed on one thing. They feel the hotels in the area are contributing to the problem and with rooms for $29.99 or cheaper, anyone can afford them.

"They are renting to the drifters, the druggies, the alcoholics, for very cheap. For daily, weekly, monthly. It needs to stop," explained Linda Griffin, Owner of Beach Cruzin' Rentals.

Some businesses owners on Ocean Boulevard said they are seeing crime first hand even though they are noticing more police presence.

"Myrtle Beach does have gangs running around. I see it every night. I mean, I'm right here. I see it," said Dick Todd, Owner of Splish and Splash on Ocean Boulevard.

Todd believes that cameras on every block and a curfew would help document and prevent crimes.

Dean Gagne lives off of Ocean Boulevard and said that neighbors there are seeing a different issue.

"We have prostitutes all over the place right now. They're everywhere just walking around. My neighbor takes pictures of them. The police don't seem to do anything about that either," Gagne explained.

Some locals feel these issues can not wait until next Memorial Day weekend to be confronted and they fear since action hasn't been taken right away on Myrtle Beach streets, it is too late.

"You can't paint a pretty picture out of this mess that has happened," Griffin said.

While the city is planning a forum to combat the violence, Mayor Rhodes said that every city has crime. City Councilman Randal Wallace said they have been listening to the issues and he wants people to continue calling the police if they see crime.

If you would like to see the original concerns Dick Todd, Linda Griffin, and Dean Gagne brought to the City Council you can watch the raw video from the entire meeting here in parts one and two.

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