(WMC) - No more cover charges will be collected on Beale Street, at least for the rest of this year.
Beale Street leaders were at the Shelby County Commission meeting Wednesday defending the $10 charge, but they have no plans to use it again in 2014.
Leaders implemented the charge as a last resort to overcrowding this summer, but they say crime dropped by 50 percent during the time period.
"I don't think that anyone wants this to be a permanent solution to how we you deal with overcrowding on Beale Street. I think it was a more less a temporary Band-Aid," Memphis Convention and Visitors Bureau president Kevin Kane said.
Additionally, downtown leaders say two times the charge was put into place, there were no incidents.