Police chief asks city to remove Ocean Blvd. barricades

Police chief asks city to remove Ocean Blvd. barricades

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) – Myrtle Beach Police Chief Amy Prock asked the city council's permission to remove the barricades along Ocean Boulevard this week.

The barricades were placed along certain areas of Ocean Boulevard in response to a shooting that took place Father's Day weekend near Fourth Avenue North and the boulevard.

"While it is our position that the program has been successful, we do recognize that there is a perception from our community regarding the barricades and that does come with the barricades. In that, we believe we have achieved the objective of the program. Moving forward, our recommendation is that we remove the barricades this week," said Myrtle Beach Police Chief Amy Prock.

The city has also installed new LED lights along second- and third-row streets with the help of Santee Cooper.

In response to Prock's request, the Myrtle Beach City Council said the city will start removing them Wednesday morning, and the process will take about two days.

"I'm glad to see them come down. We've have a lot of pros and cons. The biggest problem is that visitors look at them and think there's something wrong," said Myrtle Beach Mayor John Rhodes.

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