How a cover charge could make Beale Street safer

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — When Beale Street gets too crowded, those who enter may have to pay a fee.

Paul Morris, President of the Downtown Memphis Commission and Interim Manager of Beale Street, said a cover charge would deter some when crowds become too large.

Morris said overcrowding typically happens around midnight Saturday during the summer.

This past Saturday, there was a $10.00 charge and businesses agreed to shut down at 3:00 a.m.

The charge is allowed because Beale Street is designated as a historic district.

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