Myrtle Beach plan would set tight restrictions for certain events

Myrtle Beach officials said after months of preparing and planning for Memorial Day weekend, they want to put laws in place just in case things go badly.

Myrtle Beach City Council on Tuesday approved first reading of an ordinance amendment that creates “extraordinary events” as those events that place a significant strain on public resources and the “city’s ability to adequately protect the welfare of citizens, businesses, and visitors.”

The ordinance gives the city manager authority to temporarily close businesses in certain areas between 11 p.m. and 6 a.m.; require businesses in those areas to employ private security officers; and to create “no cruising zones” for all vehicles, among other things.