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City council approves entertainment overlay district

Published: Aug. 14, 2018 at 10:59 PM EDT|Updated: Aug. 14, 2018 at 11:24 PM EDT
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MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) – The Myrtle Beach City Council voted Tuesday to enact an entertainment overlay district along Ocean Boulevard.

That ordinance passed on a five to two vote, with councilmen Mike Lowder and Greg Smith voting against it.

The overlay district will run from 16th Avenue North to Sixth Avenue South, between the ocean and just east of Kings Highway. Council did make revisions to the original ordinance, removing tobacco from the list of banned products.

Items no longer allowed in the area include cannabis products and paraphernalia, sexually explicit materials, and vape products.

City officials said the goal of the overlay is to make the area more "family-friendly." However, business owners within the perimeter say they feel like they're being targeted since the overlay affects one specific area, and the entire city wouldn't have to abide by the new rules.

"We feel that our area is being targeted for this, but you're going to be able to walk across the street, walk to Kings Highway, walk to other areas of the city and you're going to be able to buy these products there," said Michelle Kerscher, owner of the Gay Dolphin.

City spokesman Mark Kruea said businesses have until Dec. 31 to comply with the new ordinance.

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