Myrtle Beach Area Memorial Weekend 2015 Public Safety Guidelines

INCREASED LAW ENFORCEMENT - criminal behavior will not be tolerated

Increased law enforcement will enhance public safety. Many more police officers will be on duty throughout the Grand Strand. Illegal activities, including excessive noise, speeding, littering, impromptu parties, unlicensed retail sales and other criminal behavior will result in tickets or arrests.

CURFEW FOR JUVENILES - strictly enforced on Memorial weekend

In the City of Myrtle Beach, a year-round curfew is in effect for juveniles (under age 18) between 1:00 and 6:00 a.m.

NOISE ORDINANCE - strictly enforced, fines and/or jail time penalties

The noise ordinance prohibits excessive noise, including noise created by loud music, revving engines and spinning tires. Violations are misdemeanors, subject to a cash fine and/or time in jail, per occurrence, upon conviction.

LIMITED ACCESS TO OCEAN BLVD - select cross street and/or directional closings

Access to Ocean Boulevard begins on Kings Highway at 29th Avenue North, with no access north of that point. Exits from Ocean Boulevard may be allowed at those cross streets with traffic signals on Kings Highway, depending on traffic.

RESTRICTIONS ON PARTIES - strictly enforced, cash fine and/or jail time, per occurrence

Impromptu parties, with or without alcohol, are illegal on both public and private property.  Alcohol consumption is illegal in parking areas and on public rights-of-way.  Violations are misdemeanors, subject to a fine of up to $500 and/or 30 days in jail, per occurrence, upon conviction.

ONE WAY TRAFFIC PATTERN - southbound traffic only south of 29th Ave N

All traffic on Ocean Boulevard in Myrtle Beach is one way, southbound, from 29th Avenue North to South Kings Highway, with an extended loop beyond Ocean Boulevard. From Friday through Monday, May 22-25, northbound lanes of Ocean Boulevard are reserved for emergency vehicles.

SIDEWALK BARRIERS - pedestrian traffic will be kept off roadway

Barriers will be in place along Ocean Blvd. to prevent walkers from entering the roadway in designated areas.

23-MILE TRAFFIC LOOP - preventing gridlock, click to see full map

An extended traffic loop, 23 miles in length, will be used at select times to keep traffic flowing and prevent gridlock. At other times, traffic may be diverted from Ocean Boulevard to keep vehicles moving at peak periods. Ingress/egress will be strictly enforced.


RESTRICTED ALCOHOL CONSUMPTION - strictly enforced in parking lots and public right-of-ways

Alcohol consumption is illegal in parking areas and on public rights-of-way. Violations are misdemeanors, subject to a cash fine and/or time in jail, per occurrence, upon conviction.

MOTORCYCLE HELMET LAW - strictly enforced Memorial weekend

South Carolina requires helmets for all motorcycle operators and passengers who are under age 21. The City of Myrtle Beach encourages helmets for all riders.

NO LOITERING ORDINANCE - strictly enforced

Loitering is not permitted in public space, and this includes business parking lots (e.g. hotels, convenience stores, restaurants), sidewalks and public streets. If you intend to have a group gathering, please contact the property owner or governing body to secure the appropriate permit(s) for your gathering.

COMMAND POSTS - enabling rapid response to disturbances

Several command posts will be maintained at specific locations throughout the Myrtle Beach area, enhancing the ability of public safety personnel to respond and adapt, as necessary.

PARKING LIMITS FOR MOTORCYCLES - multiple parking in single space prohibited

No more than two motorcycles may park in a single public space. For spaces controlled by pay-stations, rather than parking meters, both motorcycles must pay to park and both must display parking receipts.

PROCESSING OF TICKETS - 24 hours a day

The Clerk of Court’s Office will be open 24 hours a day throughout the weekend, with bond hearings scheduled every six hours.

MOBILE SURVEILLANCE TOWERS - elevated view to identify illegal activity and ensure safety

Law enforcement will be using mobile surveillance towers at select locations. These will allow public safety personnel to observe crowd activities in large areas.

EMERGENCY OPERATIONS CENTER - open 24 hours each day Memorial weekend

Horry County (which includes the City of Myrtle Beach) Emergency Management Division will operate a multi-agency emergency operations center 24-7 during the 2015 Memorial Day Weekend. This will enhance communication and coordination between public safety personnel and government agencies. 

Anyone attending the 2015 Atlantic Beach Memorial Day Bikefest will see significant changes in or near Myrtle Beach, especially on Ocean Boulevard and Kings Highway. Improvements will address both traffic management and pedestrian safety concerns. The goal is to enhance emergency response times, prevent gridlock and ensure the safety for everyone – residents, visitors and public safety. 
The Myrtle Beach area is committed to a safe, friendly environment for our visitors and residents. Everyone is welcome, but everyone is expected to obey the law and behave responsibly and respectfully.
Coming to the Atlantic Beach Memorial Day Bikefest? Please be aware of these improvements to our traffic management and pedestrian safety plans for 2015. We hope you have a safe and enjoyable visit!

Voices from the Community

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Bikefest Attendee

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Myrtle Beach Mayor Pro Tempore

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Community Leader

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Myrtle Beach NAACP President

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Community Leader

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Local Businessman

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Myrtle Beach Resident

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Myrtle Beach Public Information Officer

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