Mayor releases statement on Beale Street Bucks program

Mayor releases statement on Beale Street Bucks program

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - Mayor Jim Strickland threw his support behind the Beale Street Bucks program.

Strickland released a statement Thursday supporting the program and calling for the fee to remain at $10 instead of $5.

Beale Street Bucks is a program used on Beale Street during peak times that requires patrons to pay a fee to get into the entertainment district.

Supporters say the program limits the number of people on Beale Street to paying customers, thereby helping police maintain control of the area.

Critics say the program is against the law and unfair to certain groups of people.

Below you can read Strickland's complete statement:

"I believe Beale Street Bucks is an important tool to keep people safe in our entertainment district when we have very large crowds.   It is proven to enhance public safety and allows our police department--with its limited resources—to better protect our city.

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