MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) – City officials are speaking out about the barricades along Ocean Boulevard, and trying to come up with new solutions to keep pedestrians on the sidewalks. The barricades have been up for a little over three weeks now and many council members say, they're not needed anymore.
"I would prefer if they came down," said Myrtle Beach Councilman Randal Wallace. "I think it's a different atmosphere here after the 4th and I think new can manage what we have here."
The temporary barricades have been lining the streets of Ocean Boulevard for the past three weeks in response to a violent Father's Day weekend that involved several shootings, including a shooting that injured seven people and was streamed live on Facebook and viewed millions of times.
"The time the barricades decided to go up we didn't know the governor would be so proactive. He's been outstanding about saying whatever you need whatever law enforcement you want. At the time we were talking about putting the barricades up we had to make a decision fairly quickly and we didn't know we would have that kind of help," said Wallace.
Wallace says the barricades that are along Ocean Blvd were a quick solution to the violence last month, but now the city is looking at other options after receiving some complaints about them. People say the barriers block businesses, cut off part of the bike lane on the street, and have even damaged a car.
"They may affect us long term because the people are going to come this time anyways. They already have their vacations booked. It's next year that you don't want to have any fear with them," said Wallace.
The city has been talking about putting a new permanent barrier, some type of railing along the sidewalks, in the place of those metal barricades. Wallace said the city council would like to see them up next year, but they will probably cost around $1.3 million.
"We've talked a little bit about a better looking, prettier device to hopefully get up in the next year, year-and-a-half or something," explained Wallace. "What's there now was designed to help us get through events, parade routes, and of course the Memorial Day deal. It may not be suited to be there all the time."
Right now, there are no set plans in place to install new barriers, or to remove the current barricades.