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The 'Friendship Team' returns as the community ambassadors

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF)-The community ambassadors will be stationed up and down the boulevard welcoming and educating visitors, but it's not the first time the city of Myrtle Beach used the same concept. 

"We'd start about 14th Avenue South, and you'd come all back up through the heavy area of the boulevard, and just talk to people," Randal Wallace said. 

Long before Randal Wallace sat on the Myrtle Beach City Council, he would walk on the friendship team during Memorial Day Weekend's Bikefest event.

He feels there's something unique about the experience.

"When you would go out at night with police, you were in the car, and that's kind of, you're kind of separated. You'd be walking around, so you've got a feel for what the folks in the hotel business and police were dealing with every day," Wallace explained. 

Wallace worked on the "Friendship Team" for 10 years, and has the shirts to prove it - shirts that say, 'our beach is your beach' and, "respect our community."

"We're a tourism town, you want people to feel welcome here and be able to help them with whatever they need. Whether they are trying to figure out where they are going or what events they are going to," Wallace said.

Wallace is happy to see the program return.

"I think especially this year, with some of the issues that we've seen nationally...to send the message, that you know, if you're here to have a good time, and to obey the laws, and that kind of thing, that you have a welcoming presence," Wallace said.

Wallace believes the community ambassadors are friendly faces who will counteract any negative vibes some may feel after seeing the barricades up, and send a more positive message from the entire city.

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