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No more charges on Beale Street for 2014

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(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.

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