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Jimmagan's Pub remains open in Myrtle Beach after state drops nuisance case

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) – Jimmagan’s Pub on North Kings Highway remains open after being in serious danger of shutting down earlier this month.

15th Circuit Solicitor Jimmy Richardson confirmed Monday, November 16, the nuisance order against Jimmagan’s Pub had been dropped by the state after an agreement was reached that the business would close at 1 a.m.

"If there is a possible way to abate the nuisance and get everybody doing right before it ever goes to court, we do that," Richardson said.

Richardson said Jimmagan's was previously open until 4 a.m., which attracted crime.

"What we had put forth to the judge was that there are gangs and everything else that are coming in and most of them are late at night," Richardson said.

Brittain Law Firm represented Jimmagan's during a hearing Thursday. Preston Brittain said Jimmagan's has already been closing at 1 a.m. for the past couple of months because the business owner wanted to fix the problem.

Brittain said the community stepped up to support Jimmagan's for the hearing. He said 100 affidavits were submitted within two days on behalf of the business.

"When you stripped out that shooting, there just wasn't much left," he said. "What was left was a business that had been there for 20 years that was good business that had a good reputation that wasn't causing harm to the public."

Brittain said he's interested to see if this case proves as an example for future potential public nuisance closures.

"The state is trying to do something here to make an improvement, but I just think you've got to be careful in how far you allow that to go and there may be some businesses down the road that were being looked at and maybe it won't go forward," he said. "But that remains to be seen."

The 20-year establishment was in danger of being shut down earlier in November when a letter sent from the Richardson's office claimed the bar had become a nuisance in recent months, creating an unsafe environment for the public.

Many patrons and bartenders disagreed.

"It's sad to think that we may have to close over some isolated incidents that we had no control over," bar manager Tammy Hamm said. "If there is something we can do to make it better we'd like to, but just give us a chance, you know?”

Myrtle Beach police were called to Jimmagan's back in August after an altercation led to one man getting shot.

But Richardson said that’s not all.

"The police are using an exuberant amount of resources. On the weekend, they're over at Jimmagan's all the time with shootings, stabbings, robberies, that sort of thing. You're having a business that the police have to be at more than the patrons," said Richardson.

Friday, November 6, was the original projected date the owner of Jimmagan's, Jimmy Sheedy, would find out when he’d have his day in court. He said he wouldn’t give up without a fight.  

Sheedy did not want to do an on camera interview Tuesday following the settlement agreement.

For more information about Jimmagan's Pub, follow them on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/Jimmagans-Pub-362883697055457/?fref=ts.

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