Sign of the times: Myrtle Beach ponders electric signs

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina's Myrtle Beach has its share of glitz but some worry new digital billboards and electronic signs will send it the way of, perish the thought, Las Vegas.

The Sun News of Myrtle Beach reports city council is debating whether to open all commercial areas of the city to the new signs.

One merchant, Chris Walker, says Myrtle Beach is notorious for taking a good idea and beating it into the ground.

City Councilman Mike Lowder says he's not bothered the town might look like Las Vegas. He just wants to make sure the city gives businesses every advantage in advertising.

Walker says hotel owners along some parts of Ocean Boulevard say the signs don't fit there. He says it would help if the signs were limited to specific commercial areas.

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