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Myrtle Beach city leaders to have power to shut down city during large-scale events

. - MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - City leaders could have the power to shut down sections of the city during large-scale events. 

That is a decision coming from Tuesday's Myrtle Beach City Council meeting, just one month before the much anticipated Memorial Day
weekend bike rally.

It means in a moment's notice, the Myrtle Beach City Manager, John Pedersen, could decide to close down streets, close down businesses, and clear out areas. It is an effort to completely halt extreme behavior happening in city limits, according to the ordinance.

The document also points out the actions could overwhelm people living in the area, as well as hinder emergency response.

It's called an Extraordinary Event. Tuesday, the city council officially deemed the Carolina Country Music Festival and the Atlantic Beach Bikefest to fall in that category.

However, that could change. The events will be looked at on a year-to-year basis and will include other large-scale events.  It is a reactive plan, not proactive; meaning the city manager will only make this decision if crowds cannot be controlled. 

When asked directly about tension flowing over from national protests, such as what is currently happening in Baltimore,  city spokesperson, Mark Kruea said the events are different in nature.  Kruea said when people come down here for a bike rally or music festival, they are here to party not to protest.

In essence, if the city manager decides it is needed, he could completely shut down sections of Ocean Boulevard and require businesses to hire private security. 

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