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Some on the boulevard believe safety measures hurt Bikefest business

Dick Todd's Airbrushing business faces the boulevard, but despite being in the center of the crowd, he only brought in hundreds, compared to thousands last year, and believes the traffic loop and barricades were to blame. Dick Todd's Airbrushing business faces the boulevard, but despite being in the center of the crowd, he only brought in hundreds, compared to thousands last year, and believes the traffic loop and barricades were to blame.
"Before when I saw all the barricades blocking off roads, I have a little doubt, that we might not have business, but surprisingly, business was super," said Jacqueline McCray, Manager of New York Pizza. "Before when I saw all the barricades blocking off roads, I have a little doubt, that we might not have business, but surprisingly, business was super," said Jacqueline McCray, Manager of New York Pizza.
MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - As the holiday weekend winds down, local businesses check out their numbers. For some, this weekend lined right up with numbers from last year, and others took a huge blow.

Dick Todd's Airbrushing business faces the boulevard, but despite being in the center of the crowd, he only brought in hundreds, compared to thousands last year, and believes the traffic loop and barricades were to blame. Though todd believes this year was much safer, because of police efforts, he doesn't believe it should have come for the price he paid.


"The traffic loop, it's not the answer, I mean you want to control, you want to have a safe environment, and you need to control it. But you have to do it in a way to where it doesn't affect local businesses, because we are the ones that suffer," Todd said.

Instead of the main focus being traffic flow, Todd suggests having a city curfew, for those under the age of 21, and even more police patrolling the sidewalks.

"It was beneficial in a way, but a lot of businesses lost money because of what they did," Todd said. "I mean I had people who couldn't even cross the street, you know, too much of a hassle."


Another business also blocked by the barricades on Ocean Boulevard was New York Pizza.

"Before when I saw all the barricades blocking off roads, I have a little doubt, that we might not have business, but surprisingly, business was super," said Jacqueline McCray, Manager of New York Pizza. She added that the rush lasted throughout the weekend.


"Back and forth, in and out, no stop, constantly," McCray said. "You know, business..business."

Though others on Ocean Boulevard were not as fortunate and sales were down, many agree, that's not the only thing that was down from last year.

"Last year, over the same weekend. There were several huge, I mean just huge fights, I didn't see that, I didn't see it within... I didn't see it this year," Todd said.

Todd believes this is because more police were noticeably on the boulevard, something others appreciated too.

"It would be easy to go out and find a cop," McCray added. She felt a sense of comfort knowing if something happened, help was only steps away.

Though others would not like to see the barricades, or traffic loop next year, both agree the heavy police presence was a proven success, even if their numbers were not.


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