Myrtle Beach sinks ordinance designed to keep sharks away

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (AP) — Myrtle Beach City Council has decided an ordinance designed to help keep sharks away from the beach just smells.

Area media outlets report that the council considered an ordinance Tuesday prohibiting fishermen from throwing parts of fish back into the ocean from the shore or piers. Pier owners would have had to put up signs and containers where fishermen could dispose of fish guts.

But the council decided against the idea after a pier owner said there was no good way to put out cans for fish parts and then cart them away. Council members were concerned that the smell coming from the containers could cause problems for nearby hotels and their guests.

The city already has an ordinance that prohibits fishing for sharks from piers or from the shore.