Myrtle Beach Council rejects 2 a.m. closing for bars

South Carolina News

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (AP) – Myrtle Beach City Council has killed a proposal to require bars to close at 2 a.m.

The measure would have left the option for some existing businesses to stay open after 2 a.m. Media outlets reported that Councilman Wayne Gray said Tuesday the number of exceptions to the ordinance would have been unfair to other businesses. He said the rule could discourage other businesses from opening.

City Manager John Pedersen told the council that 10 locations could be eligible to continue staying open late because they had not seen significant crime.

The proposal was designed to curb some bar activity after a shooting at a downtown club hurt five people Nov. 5. Council voted Tuesday night to continue to require businesses near that shooting to close by 2 a.m.

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