MBDRC: Some downtown businesses contributed to Memorial Day weekend issues

The Myrtle Beach Downtown Redevelopment Corporation during their meeting on Wednesday to discuss how to curb crowds and violence in the area over Memorial Day weekend.

The Myrtle Beach Downtown Redevelopment Corporation is the latest group trying to control the Atlantic Beach Bikfest and crowding in downtown Myrtle Beach over Memorial Day weekend.

The corporation leaders met Wednesday, and Board Chairman Chuck Martino said some downtown businesses contributed to the problems over that weekend.

Martino said some downtown café businesses became temporary nightclubs that weekend, with DJs and alcoholic drinks being served. He said the result of this was to "liquor up and excite a crowd."

David Sebok, the corporation's executive director, said those businesses do not operate in this way most of the year and the corporation wants to make sure those businesses abide by their businesses licenses.

Martino said some of those businesses need to be "admonished" for contributing to the problems that weekend and that he and Sebok will meet with those businesses to ask them not to operate like that again next year.

Sebok said they will "brainstorm with the businesses and say, going ahead, how can they do things better and how can we do things better so that we can help support the city council in their efforts to curb the violence."

This effort comes in the wake of the shootings that left 3 people dead and several injured over this past Memorial Day weekend. That is also weekend of the Atlantic Beach Bikefest.