Webcams to be installed in downtown Myrtle Beach

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) Labor Day usually marks the end of the official tourism season, but this month the City of Myrtle Beach will launch two new webcams that could bring new visitors year round.

The project will cost around $8,000 to install but will bring two live webcams to the Downtown Myrtle Beach area and offer streaming views of some of the Grand Strand's most popular locations.

"Sure it's a good idea, but there are already so many ways to access looking at Myrtle Beach online, I just don't think it's necessary to invest that much money in it." said Kim Rowe of Myrtle Beach when asked about her thoughts on the project.

Not everyone thinks the idea is too expensive, including one Grand Strand resident who believes the cameras might offer an extra sense of security for both tourists and locals.

"Safety is a major concern for me and my son, especially in this day and age we're living in," said Carmen Beasely of Cherry Grove. Beasley suggested the cameras might deter vandals from destroying the boardwalk or criminals from targeting tourists.

"Our area has grown so much, we have so much to offer the tourists around here and the locals." Beasley added.

The new cameras are expected to be installed by the end of the month.

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