Myrtle Beach Area Memorial Weekend 2015 Public Safety Guidelines
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Barriers will be in place along Ocean Blvd. to prevent walkers from entering the roadway in designated areas.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Clerk of Court’s Office will be open 24 hours a day throughout the weekend, with bond hearings scheduled every six hours.
Law enforcement will be using mobile surveillance towers at select locations. These will allow public safety personnel to observe crowd activities in large areas.
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.