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Barricades & Burger Arrests – Summer Business 2018 Likely Down


Local Myrtle Beach businessmen Buz Plyler, who owns the Gay Dolphin Gift Cove,  and Tuvia Wilkes, who owns Kings Beachwear, begged Myrtle Beach City Council to re-consider putting barricades on Ocean Boulevard for Summer 2018.

I do not wish the barricades on my worst enemies,” said Wilkes

New Barricades
City Says 2018 Barricades will be more attractive

The city says the barricades are one part of a five part plan to halt crime in Myrtle Beach.

The barricades are highly unpopular among both locals and tourists, however.

Locals Oppose Barricades
93% Of Locals Polled Oppose Barricades
78% of Tourists Polled Oppose Barricades Summer 2018

Local businessmen on Ocean Boulevard say the barricades hurt business this past Summer 2017.  Wilkes told City Council his business was down 43%.

City leaders are most concerned with the viral videos of crime, however,  that are posted by tourists on social media.  The social media posting of a Father’s Day shooting in 2017 went viral and was seen by several million tourists.

As February ended,  Myrtle Beach leaders witnessed their first viral Myrtle Beach video of 2018.  The news once again was not positive.

The $200 million Myrtle Beach City Council has provided MBACC in advertising has not been able to touch the negative activity put online by tourists.

FEBRUARY 28th VIRAL VIDEO – 4.5 Million Views In 10 Hours
Yossi Viral

Yossi Gall (originally from NY) put this up today.  The video went viral immediately and has now been seen by 20 million online viewers, largely in NY.  Readers can see it at the MYRTLEBEACHSC Facebook page by clicking the image just above.

The city of Myrtle Beach consistently receives negative viral videos posted by visiting tourists on social media.  Oddly, the cities of North Myrtle Beach and Pawleys Island seem to largely get positive social media coverage.

 

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Born in 1961, David is a 12th generation descendant of the area we now call Myrtle Beach, S.C. David attended Coastal Carolina University and like most of his family, has never left the area. David is the lead journalist at MyrtleBeachSC.com

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