MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - With only two more days until the start of the Carolina Country Music Festival, event organizers and Myrtle Beach police are doing all they can to secure another issue-free festival.
From the moment last year's festival ended, both CCMF security and organizers, and Myrtle Beach police started discussing what worked and what didn't.
"It's very important for us to work together and exchange ideas and know what each others' expectations are as to what our roles will be during the event so we're not in two different spots we don't need to be at," said Myrtle Beach Police Lt. Joey Crosby.
Bob Durkin, president of Full House Productions, which is organizing the event, said CCMF staff and security will work with police and take direction from them.
Organizers said since last year's inaugural CCMF, cameras have been installed, fences are two feet higher to prevent people from throwing forbidden items over and into the event, and more staff will be used at various entrances and exits.
CCMF has also hired 50 to 60 goodwill ambassadors.
"They've been encouraged not to take any enforcement actions," Crosby said. "Be a great witness to prevent people from getting to and from the access points is their sole purpose, and allow us to enforce the statues and laws of Myrtle Beach."
Separate from the city ambassadors, who will also be present throughout the festival, the goodwill ambassadors will act as much more than security.
"We like to make sure they are fully rounded," Durkin said. "They are there to make sure the customers' experience is fantastic. They are trained to watch for any issues before they happen and help someone that might be having a problem."