Black beach survey: Open road to N. Myrtle Beach

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A new survey shows most property owners in predominantly black Atlantic Beach favor opening Ocean Boulevard connections to neighboring North Myrtle Beach.

ATLANTIC BEACH, S.C. (AP) — A new survey shows most property owners in predominantly black Atlantic Beach favor opening Ocean Boulevard connections to neighboring North Myrtle Beach.

The Myrtle Beach Sun News reports the survey results were released Thursday, but the town planning commission voted 3-1 to keep the road closed.

Roads and property lines drawn up under segregation have left Atlantic Beach physically isolated from its oceanfront neighbors. Motorists have had to drive several blocks inland to reach roads connecting to North Myrtle Beach.

Former town council member Gloria Lance says the town cannot survive being isolated.

But Daryl Stevens of the planning commission says the town has a master plan that will not be as viable if people can just drive through on Ocean Boulevard.

Copyright 2010 The Associated Press.

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