Grand Strand hotels adding security this weekend

People walk along a street in Atlantic Beach, S.C., during the annual Atlantic Beach Bikefest in this May 2012 file photo. Hotels in the area are adding extra security for this weekend.

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. — Myrtle Beach area hotels are adding security this Memorial Day weekend, with up to 400,000 visitors expected and the Atlantic Beach Bikefest taking place.

Law enforcement officials have been working on a safety plan since last year when three people were killed and seven wounded in shooting incidents. The plan includes a 23-mile one-way traffic loop to keep traffic moving late at night during the weekend.

Bermuda Sands hotel manager Rob Ward tells The Sun News of Myrtle Beach that his motel is adding extra private security and he expects almost every other hotel to do so. The Bermuda Sands was where one of the shootings occurred last year.

Coastal Carolina University tourism researcher Taylor Damonte predicts virtually all rooms on the Grand Strand will be full Saturday night.


Information from: The Sun News,