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Should the Fountainbleau Inn Be On The City’s Nuisance List?



FountainBleau Inn

The City of Myrtle Beach is well known for its Nuisance List. This list is used currently and previously used to shut down businesses operating in the city limits that retiring City Manager John Pedersen believes should be closed.

In a now famous deposition of City Manager John Pedersen about the use of a Nuisance property designation, local lawyer Tommy Brittain deposed the manager as follows:

Brittain: What is a nuisance under the law in South Carolina?
Pedersen: I don’t know, sir. I don’t know the definition of the law in South Carolina.

Brittain: Do you know to what extent the City used the claim of nuisance against this plaintiff [Super Block Business Owner] ?

Pedersen: I have reviewed the documents relating to the revocation of the business license, and the list for Natalia’s is very similar to the list that I just read for the Pure Ultra Club. And I do believe that that constitutes a nuisance under anyone’s definition.

Brittain: What — are there other businesses in Myrtle Beach that have had murders and the like that are still open and functioning?
Pedersen: Yes.

Brittain: I mean, like RipTydz Restaurant up on the Ocean Boulevard, they had a murder that occurred right in the building. Isn’t that true?
2 MR. CONNOR: Object to the form.
Pedersen:That is true.

Brittain:Did you do anything to that? Did you pursue a nuisance claim against RipTydz?
Pedersen: No, sir.


The same is also true about The Fountainbleau and the Oasis Hotel owned by former Downtown Redevelopment Board Member Noam Pyade. Pyade is an under 40 local business owner acquiring properties harassed by city government in downtown Myrtle Beach.

A large number of these properties exist just adjacent to the former Myrtle Beach Pavilion. The properties have not been redeveloped. Many were purchased by owner financing while the previous owner was under tremendous duress.

We first reported this on August 12, 2018.

A cursory Google Search on the Fountainbleau Inn shows the following top 6 results:

Combined, the Oasis and the Fountainbleau have more nuisance complaints than any other hotels in downtown Myrtle Beach. Yet these properties have never once been on the city’s nuisance hit list.

The suspicious death last night at the inn adds just another chapter to the city’s ledger.




David Hucks 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

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