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Beale Street drops security fee

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - Officials have stopped charging a $10 security fee to people who visit Beale Street during peak times.

The Commercial Appeal (http://bit.ly/1xgdafv) reports Downtown Memphis Commission President Paul Morris shared the news in a letter Wednesday to Mayor A C Wharton. He said in the letter that the fee was "bad for business and unpopular with many."

The fee for early Sunday morning was part of a plan merchants decided to put in place to keep things safe after "a series of public safety breaches" earlier in the summer that seemed to stem from overcrowding.

Morris said in an interview that it appears the overcrowding problem has abated, but new measures would be considered if it develops again.

Information from: The Commercial Appeal, http://www.commercialappeal.com

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