VOL. 132 | NO. 146 | Tuesday, July 25, 2017
By Bill Dries Updated 3:00PM
Among the thousands of people on Beale Street Saturday night after 11 p.m. were three Memphis City Council members and six Beale Street Task Force members.
The nine took in some of the late night revelry, stopping at several nightspots. But for the most part, they paid close attention to the entertainment district’s recently modified cover charge and the five checkpoints to enter and exit Beale Street on Saturday evenings in the spring and summer.
The task force is to make recommendations to the full city council on alternatives to the cover charge as a crowd-control measure.
City Council chairman Berlin Boyd, right, led the Beale Street Task Force on a Saturday night visit to Beale Street. (Daily News/Bill Dries)
“Look at the line and look at the time,” council chairman Berlin Boyd said at 11 minutes past midnight, pointing to a long checkpoint line at Beale and B.B. King Boulevard by FedExForum.
The line hadn’t been there an hour