Myrtle Beach City Council presses pause on Five Points nightlife

Myrtle Beach City Council presses pause on Five Points nightlife

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - For now, Myrtle Beach will not issue new business licenses for nightclubs, bars and other businesses planning to permit drinking for more than 150 people in Five Points, specifically in the area between 9th Avenue North, Broadway, Highway 501 and Main Street.

Councilwoman Susan Grissom Means voted against the ordinance, but all other council members voted in favor at a meeting Tuesday.

In November, Myrtle Beach City Council delayed the second reading of the ordinance to allow more time to notify businesses although that's not technically a requirement.

Council did make an amendment Tuesday morning to the original ordinance to include the potential for an appeal if a business owner wants to sell or pass on the business, which was a concern brought up to city council in November.

A representative for a club in the area said this ordinance punishes all of the businesses. He said he has a petition with 1,000 signatures against the ordinance.

The ordinance said drinking establishments in that area have negatively affected public safety, health and welfare as well as business diversity.

City Manager John Pedersen brought up Saturday's arrests of three Farlo's workers during Tuesday morning's city council workshop.

He also said two other bars received alcohol violations this past weekend.

Farlo's was cited for selling beer after 2 a.m. on a Sunday back at the beginning of November.

The moratorium will last until January 1, 2017. During that time, the planning commission will study how the area should be used and whether or not it should become more of an entertainment district.

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