Proposal to close Ocean Boulevard to vehicles not popular with Myrtle Beach City Council, business owners

Those who were hoping to see a Bourbon Street type of pedestrian area on Ocean Boulevard in Myrtle Beach might not get their wish.

Mayor John Rhodes asked members of the Downtown Redevelopment Corp. last month to consider closing Ocean Boulevard to vehicles from Seventh Avenue North to Mr. Joe White Avenue from 4 p.m. to 2 a.m. between Easter and Labor Day.

Rhodes said the move would increase pedestrian traffic and get those who were walking to spend money in stores along that stretch of the Boulevard.

But all City Council members contacted by The Sun News said they did not think it was a good idea.

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