- Associated Press - Monday, April 11, 2016

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (AP) - Myrtle Beach Mayor John Rhodes suggests it might be a good idea to close the city’s busy Oceanfront Boulevard to vehicles on some evenings.

The Sun News of Myrtle Beach reports (https://bit.ly/22ojzzo ) that Rhodes is suggesting the city close two blocks along the oceanfront on certain nights, perhaps just once a week, to see how merchants respond to the idea.

Rhodes says closing the boulevard to vehicles could generate more pedestrian traffic and more business for merchants.

He says when people are in a vehicle, there are only two things they spend money on - gasoline and fast food. He suggests if people get out of their cars they are more likely to spend money.

Myrtle Beach is the heart of South Carolina’s $19 billion tourism industry.


Information from: The Sun News, https://www.thesunnews.com/

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