â€śCBD products sold hereâ€ť is a common sign tourists see walking along Ocean Boulevard, and some business owners want to keep it that way.
The proposed Ocean Boulevard entertainment overlay district, which goes before city council on Tuesday for final reading, will ban cannabis products, alternative nicotine, vapor products, e-cigarettes and tobacco between 6th Avenue South to 16th Avenue North. Sexually explicit items and weapons also will be banned from the area.
Joe MacDonald, a part owner of the Grasshopper store, at 1103 N. Ocean Blvd., said prohibiting items such as cannabidiol oil will hurt his business.
â€śItâ€™ll kill us,â€ť MacDonald said. â€śItâ€™ll hurt. Iâ€™ve been here 31 years, and itâ€™ll definitely hurt a lot of business, especially if they take out the CBD. Itâ€™s helping a lot of people. I have regular customers that use it for fibromyalgia, pain management, arthritis, panic attacks â€” and they wonâ€™t be able to get it here.â€ť
As MacDonald spoke, a family with two small children browsed cases of CBD oil.
One of the goals of the overlay district, Myrtle Beach Mayor Brenda Bethune said, is to create a family-friendly environment.
â€śFamilies are different,â€ť MacDonald said. â€śNot every family is the same. I have people that come in and their kids get knives because their kids have collections. I have people that come here that say I buy these funny shirts every single year. Yeah, some of them are a little bit off the wall, but still, people like it.â€ť
The store also sells graphic T-shirts, clothes and bathing suits. MacDonald said he does not know what heâ€™ll sell in the place of CBD oil if the ordinance passes.
Shay Danino, a manager at Lazy Parrot on the corner of Ocean Boulevard and Mr. Joe White Avenue, said he thinks itâ€™s smart for the city to consider banning certain products, but thereâ€™s no reason to ban CBD oil, which is a small but profitable part of the store.
Hanging behind him were several shirts that would be banned under the new ordinance, but he said he wouldnâ€™t mind taking them down.
â€śIâ€™ll feel nothing,â€ť he said of taking down displays of shirts that displayed marijuana leaves or vulgar language. â€śIâ€™ll actually like taking them down.â€ť
Shannon Cain, who has worked at various shops along the boulevard for nine years, said she doesnâ€™t believe the city will be able to enforce the ordinance because the shop owners will sue.
She said city leaders should be more worried about fixing the sidewalks and light posts.
â€śYou canâ€™t promote an ugly city,â€ť she said.
K.C. James, an employee at the Rasta Shop along the boulevard, did not initially know about the possible overlay district.
â€śItâ€™s not right,â€ť James said. â€śNobody has any drugs, theyâ€™re not doing crack or heroin, theyâ€™re not running around here killing people from the stuff we sell. So I donâ€™t see why itâ€™s a problem. I think itâ€™s real petty.â€ť
City council will vote on the ordinance during Tuesdayâ€™s 2 p.m. meeting. If it passes, all banned items must be out of stores by Dec. 31.
According to the ordinance, hereâ€™s the items that could be banned if the ordinance passes.