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MB city leaders enforce ordinance that forces bars and clubs in the Five Points area to close at 2 a.m.

The scene of the Pure Ultra Club shooting Saturday. (Source: WMBF News) The scene of the Pure Ultra Club shooting Saturday. (Source: WMBF News)

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - The Myrtle Beach City Council approved an emergency ordinance Tuesday ordering that all bars and clubs in the Five Points section of the city close their doors by 2 a.m.

This decision comes just days after five people were injured during a weekend shooting at the Pure Ultra Club in the Five Points, or Super Block, area.

City officials said this emergency ordinance would only apply to those bars and clubs in the Super Block. Last year, they felt a handful of bars and nightclubs in the area contributed to crime. 

However, some business owners told city council they disagree with Tuesday's decision.

"It was terrible what happened, but we can not punish people in these other bars for the shooting," said Ronald Ronda, manager of the Pure Ultra Club.  

City council members said the early-morning shooting on Saturday at Pure Ultra was where they draw the line. 

The ordinance will be in effect for 60 days and forces clubs and bars to close at 2 a.m.  

Under state law, the city can take emergency action to adopt an ordinance if public safety is threatened. 

"A problem involving guns and shootings and violence, that these clubs serve as an attraction for that,  and that this poses a danger and threat public health safety and welfare as I believe would be evidence by the latest incident there what would be classified as a mass shooting," said City Attorney Thomas Ellenburg. 

Most of the bars and clubs in the super block operate after hours, and feel they are being targeted for a shooting that could have happened anywhere. 

"If we didn't make any problems we don't have anything I think if you put a blanket over everything, it will just kill my business," said bar owner Victor Tataru.
 

"We depend on 2 to 4, that's where our money is actually it is more money for you on taxes," Ronda said.

One bar owner says the city should continue to follow the ordinance that is already in place that focuses on shutting down problem businesses. 

"If somebody is a nuisance shut them down, you have it in the ordinance let that one bar deal with you and whatever they did but please don't just give a cover a blanket here, you are going to hurt everybody," said bar owner George Clay.

Now this ordinance is effective immediately. The city also discussed adding more street lights in the area. 

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