Businesses, private security firm consider Memorial Day 2015 plans

One worker at the Wave Rider resort says they had four people working security last year, but wasn't sure if they'd be hiring more now.
One worker at the Wave Rider resort says they had four people working security last year, but wasn't sure if they'd be hiring more now.
Coastal Protective Services explains that properties that are low risk would be $13 an hour, whereas higher risk properties would be $25.
Coastal Protective Services explains that properties that are low risk would be $13 an hour, whereas higher risk properties would be $25.
Other businesses on Ocean Boulevard say they've always hired security for Memorial Day weekend.
Other businesses on Ocean Boulevard say they've always hired security for Memorial Day weekend.

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - With the City of Myrtle Beach opening up about Memorial Day weekend safety plans, property owners are also considering the cost, concerns, and measures they will need to take over Memorial Day Weekend 2015.

Local security companies say properties prices will be rated from low to high risk.

The higher-risk properties on Ocean Boulevard may be spending hundreds of dollars for security during the entire weekend, but after the violence that broke out on Ocean Boulevard last year, money is only one of their concerns.

Ocean Boulevard is the focal point of the city's safety plan. It is also home to hundreds of businesses and hotels.

"I just don't see how all hotels will be able to find security outside of the area.. as many hotels that we have here...there won't be enough people to go around," says Tom Moore, Hampton Inn and Suites General Manager.

Moore explains though they didn't have many problems last year, violence was in their neighborhood.

Just across the way is the Wave Rider Resort where one of the eight shootings took place.

One worker there says they had four people working security last year, but wasn't sure if they'd be hiring more now.

Others on Ocean Boulevard say they've always hired security for Memorial Day weekend.

"I think I'm going to keep my approach...no one's prepared for gun shots. You can't prepare yourself for someone to bring a gun and cause ruckus," says Gil Reibenbach, 8th Avenue Tiki Bar and Grill's Manager.

Reibenbach believes beefing up security is the only way to be as prepared as possible, because unlike usual employees, they are trained professionals. He says at times they had up to seven last year.

Coastal Protective Services supplies security officers to private owners.

"We have an extensive training program, so we make sure before we send anyone out there that they are well prepared and they know the risk that's behind them," says Gary Buley with Coastal Protective Services.

Buley explains they rate properties from low to high risk. Properties that are low risk would be $13 an hour, whereas higher risk properties would be $25. They say they already have a team planning for the big weekend because it will be their busiest weekend of the year.

Although some feel it should be the city's responsibility to foot the bill for safety on Ocean Boulevard, others are willing to take the hit.

"Guest safety is number one and whatever it takes we'll do it," Tom Moore says.

Right now, Coastal Protective Services has 40 officers, but say they are hiring every day and hoping to have many more come Memorial Day Weekend 2015. 

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