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City Council calls on private property owners in Memorial Day weekend safety plan

Council members are calling for more law enforcement, changed traffic patterns, and traffic pickup during Memorial Day weekend 2015. Council members are calling for more law enforcement, changed traffic patterns, and traffic pickup during Memorial Day weekend 2015.
The city will still be asking private businesses, restaurants, and hotels to hire outside security for crowd control if they can't handle it themselves. The city will still be asking private businesses, restaurants, and hotels to hire outside security for crowd control if they can't handle it themselves.
"We're not trying to beat up anybody, we're not trying to make anybody mad. We just need some help," City Manager Tom Leath said. "We're not trying to beat up anybody, we're not trying to make anybody mad. We just need some help," City Manager Tom Leath said.

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - Council members know they can call for more law enforcement, change traffic patterns, and call for more trash pick up, during the next Memorial Day weekend, but some question just how they will tell private property owners to manage their property.

"We're not trying to beat up anybody, we're not trying to make anybody mad. We just need some help," City Manager Tom Leath said.

Leath admits some of the changes will be inconvenient, and at times, over the next  Memorial Day Weekend, some may feel trapped in their homes or hotels.
 
"There is an area of the city that will be impacted...is impacted by this event. It will be impacted by the traffic patterns, and people need to know that ahead of time to stay away if they don't need to be in that area," Leath said.

The City Council made it clear they do not want to educate during the event. They want people to come here knowing what they are in for, and they want the Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce to help spread the word.

"Well first and foremost, we need to communicate the details of the plans so the businesses and their employees know what to expect. Secondly, empower local businesses to hire more private security...they're going to face the same challenges the city and county face in that regard," Brad Dean said.

Although the cost estimate for the safety plan is more than $1.6 million, the city will still be asking private businesses, restaurants, and hotels to hire outside security for crowd control if they can't handle it themselves.

"But it's imperative they manage what's going on, on their property because we don't have the time to do the street, the pedestrians, and somebody's property during that weekend," Leath said.

Councilman Randal Wallace wanted to know how they were going to tackle properties proven to be an issue. He said he could think of three off of the top of his head that have been a serious problem in the past though he would not name them.

"I think the police know who they are and we need to go ahead and lay it out for them; we're not going to deal with this. We've got enough headaches as it is in Memorial Day," Wallace said.

Leath believes the money the city has received from the Accommodations Tax will be enough to cover the plan for now.  Leath says leaders could make changes up until Memorial Day 2015 and some of those changes could be after the Myrtle Beach Special Events Summit on Sept 22. 

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