MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) – The Myrtle Beach City Council will consider enforcing an ordinance that would require bars and clubs in the Five Points area to close at 2 a.m.
Tuesday's regular city council meeting is the first reading of the emergency ordinance.
The text of the proposed ordinance would require establishments that allow for the on-site consumption of alcohol in the area bounded by 9th Avenue North, Broadway Street, Highway 501, and Main Street be prohibited from operating between 2 a.m. and 6 a.m. on Mondays through Saturdays.
The ordinance would make it offense to sell or provide alcohol, or allow the consumption of alcohol at any business within the designated district between 2 a.m. and 6 a.m.
The text of the proposal cites "negative public safety impacts" resulting in the proliferation of drinking places in the area as the reason for the emergency ordinance. The concentration of drinking places have a "disproportionate negative impact on police services, and business diversity, thereby posting a danger and threat to the public health, safety and welfare through their negative impact," the ordinance states.
City officials say the ordinance is in response to the nearly three dozen establishments that have received nuisance complaints in recent years. Clubs like the Heat Ultra Lounge and Club Faces were recently closed down for one year due to the increase in violence and other criminal activity.