- Associated Press - Friday, April 28, 2017

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (AP) - Myrtle Beach, the city at the heart of South Carolina’s $20 billion tourism industry, is trying to figure out how to deal with crime at beachfront businesses.

The Sun News of Myrtle Beach reported (https://bit.ly/2pEh4kg) city officials and shop owners agree more police could help.

There have been eight incidents involving guns since April 15.

City Manager John Pedersen has suggested the culture needs to change.

“It’s not illegal, but it certainly contributes to the atmosphere when you go down there and you can buy things that can be used as drug paraphernalia,” Pederson said. “You can buy things that are smutty T-shirts, you can buy smutty shorts, you can buy things that are weapons.”

Bargain Beachwear manager Sasha Keldo says the merchandise at shops like hers aren’t causing violence.

“I don’t think that the shootings or whatever happened are affected by the store at all,” Keldo said. Her store carries knives, pipes and trinkets like small glass jars with the words “my stash.”

She said that fights erupt from a chaotic environment outside, filled with loud music and people openly smoking marijuana.

Rob Mack works at the Welcome Center next door and says undercover officers could catch criminals in the act. He said people just hide when marked cars patrol the streets.


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

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