Most Myrtle Beach bars do not have to close at 2 a.m. for the time being.
The Sun News reports Myrtle Beach City Council postponed a citywide measure this week for a 2 a.m. closing times for bars and clubs, as some have concerns on how it could affect new and existing businesses.
The 2 a.m. closing was put before council as a possible way to control late-night crime, but there are concerns by some council members that the new hours could deter some entrepreneurial minded individuals who could help the resort town. Myrtle Beach has had to deal with late-night crime, many taking place downtown. Some bar and club representatives went before council to speak about the situation.
The city’s crackdown on late-night bars and clubs was prompted by a Nov. 5 shooting, but the ramifications have spun out since last month into multiple city policies that have not just targeted the area.
Some council members wanted to deal with the safety of residents and the public through the bar closing times as Myrtle Beach has had to deal with the late-night crimes. In one incident five individuals were hurt in the Nov. 5 shooting inside a club.