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Date ArticleType
6/20/2017 General
Statement from Brad Dean on actions by Myrtle Beach City Council on Weekend Events

June 20, 2017
Media Contact:
Diane Charno
Director of Marketing
Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce/CVB
O: 843-916-7243; C 843-902-9226


In response to Myrtle Beach Special City Council Meeting, Brad Dean, president and CEO of the Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce, issued the following statement:

“First and foremost, the Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce supports the actions taken today by the Myrtle Beach City Council, including bolstering its police force downtown. We appreciate their leadership in showing their commitment to resolving this issue.”

“We are also encouraged that Governor McMaster, Chairman Lazarus and others have offered to provide additional law enforcement support. These are critical first steps to ensuring that the Myrtle Beach area is a safe and welcoming community for both visitors and residents.”

“We will work closely with government leaders and law enforcement to develop and implement both short-term and long-term solutions that will promote, protect and improve our community. We will also work with the General Assembly to change state laws and guidelines so that we can help fund additional law enforcement support, similar to what we did to help with the Memorial Day Weekend safety plan."

“We will also continue to promote the area to future visitors. While no paid advertising can minimize the impact of the negative publicity, it’s more important than ever to showcase the many positive experiences our visitors enjoy every day. However, we also intend to spread the message that unlawful behavior is not welcomed here.”

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About the Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce
Since 1938 the Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce has stood as the unified voice of the Grand Strand's business community. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce has awarded the MBACC its five-star accreditation, one of only a few chambers in South Carolina to earn this distinction. The MBACC serves Myrtle Beach, North Myrtle Beach, Surfside Beach, Little River, Atlantic Beach, Garden City Beach, Loris, Conway, Aynor, Murrells Inlet, Litchfield Beach and Pawleys Island. For more information, visit