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Community remains concerned going into Memorial Day weekend

Linda Griffin spoke during the very public meeting just after Memorial Day weekend last year, and still feels the same way today. Linda Griffin spoke during the very public meeting just after Memorial Day weekend last year, and still feels the same way today.

 MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - Several community members who publicly voiced their concerns after last Memorial Day weekend are still apprehensive about the upcoming weekend. 

Ocean Boulevard will be the focal point of the city's safety plan during Memorial Day weekend, and though the city is working to make sure this year will be different, some are still sick with anxiety and concerns for their own neighborhoods just beyond Ocean Boulevard.

"They were having sex in the street, they were defecating, urinating, in parking lots, the language that they used, they would stop traffic, they would have traffic tied up; you couldn't get around your neighborhood," Linda Griffin said. 

Linda Griffin spoke during the very public meeting just after Memorial Day weekend last year, and still feels the same way today.

"I just don't have a good feeling about it. and I hope and pray that I'm proven wrong," Griffin said. 

Griffin knows of the plans in place, including the traffic loop.

"I don't think that's going to change, I think they are going to find the side streets and back streets and still do what they want to do," Griffin added. 

Griffin's neighbor, Dean Gagne, also spoke during last year's public comments.

Their concern is about their neighborhood of 1st Avenue North and Chester Street.

"It was a traffic jam 24 hours a day, for days on end," Gagne explained. 

"Just as loud as loud can be, there is no sleep, for four nights, there is no sleep," Griffin added. 

Neighbors in the area were hoping for signage that would say no through traffic. However,  Lt. Joey Crosby with the Myrtle Beach Police Department says there won't be, but officers will be patrolling the neighborhood - something Griffin says they need, especially because of an overflow lot for the Bermuda Sands Motel. 

"There is no security there, there is no light there, they congregate, they sleep in their cars, they do whatever they want to," Griffin said. 

A worker with the Bermuda Sands Motel says while they will have security on site, but they will not have security in their over flow lot. 

Neighbors say they've been filled with anxiety all year, and appreciate the extra efforts from police, but can only hope it pays off.

"...but in our hearts, we are almost looking down and going 'Please don't let us down this time,' because we were let down last time, we had no security," Gagne said. 

While there are still concerns, Griffin said her main worry is police and first responder safety, and hopes the plans include their well-being too.

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