Last Call: Bars may close earlier in Myrtle Beach area

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MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (AP) — It seems that last call may be coming earlier at bars and nightspots in communities in the Myrtle Beach area, the heart of South Carolina’s $19 billion tourism industry.

Local media outlets report that Horry County Council last week gave tentative approval to an ordinance that would require bars to close at 2 a.m. The proposal requires two more readings before the ordinance could take effect July 12.

Now the city of Myrtle Beach is considering a similar ordinance that would require nightclubs to close between 2 a.m. and 6 a.m.

The proposal also includes a provision prohibiting nightspots from locking their front doors while patrons are inside. That was added after an incident in which a nightclub had locked the doors, preventing police from entering.

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