MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Security changes are coming to Beale Street after this weekend’s triple shooting outside of a club, officials say.
If you hit Beale this weekend, wanding with hand-held metal detectors will be happening from 9 p.m. until 3 a.m.
At the moment, those detectors are used beginning at 9 p.m. on Friday and Saturday nights, and ending when the crowd reaches a certain level.
Young said wanding was in use earlier in the night Saturday, but had ended before the shooting happened at 2:15 a.m. Sunday.
They will also collect a $5 security fee starting at 9 p.m., but are still determining how late they will be collecting the fee.
My understanding is that the fee used to happen but was taken down. I get the feeling these new “enhanced security measures” are more about income than security. The missus and I went to Beale street 30 years ago and had a swell time which ended in BB King’s, good food, great music and I almost got a tattoo (In my defense, bourbon was involved but the noise of the machines and the “needlework” sobered me up). It sounds now like it is more an approximation the chaos of Miami Beach than Blues Land.
I still want to go to downtown Nashville and see what kind of zoo it has become since the last time I was there.