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Could ax-throwing hurt downtown Myrtle Beach’s image? City officials think so

New business encourages patrons to throw axes

Urban Axes, a new downtown Durham bar, will open this summer. And it has a remarkably different twist - competitive axe throwing.
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Urban Axes, a new downtown Durham bar, will open this summer. And it has a remarkably different twist - competitive axe throwing.

Ax-throwing is not coming to the beach — at least not for now.

During a city council meeting Tuesday afternoon, Myrtle Beach city officials denied a request for a new ax-throwing facility along Ocean Boulevard.

The outdoor project was proposed for 8th Avenue North and Chester Street. The goal is throw an ax at the center of a target. Each target would be enclosed by a fence for safety.

But council members said the attraction is not a good fit for downtown Myrtle Beach. Officials are working to improve the reputation of Ocean Boulevard after a spike in violence in recent years.

City Manager John Pedersen recommended councilors say no to the business because the city is trying to maintain a family beach image and remove weapons from window displays in the downtown area.

"I would like to see it somewhere in Myrtle Beach," councilman Gregg Smith said.

Smith said he did not see axes as weapons, rather as tools. However, he did say the facility would be a good fit for another spot in Myrtle Beach that is not as busy.

The developers can bring ax-throwing back to the Myrtle Beach Planning Commission, but it must be designed as an indoor facility, and it cannot be located in an area that is zoned for amusement.

Megan Tomasic, 843-626-0343, @MeganTomasic

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