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Gum a gooey problem for Myrtle Beach

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (AP) - Myrtle Beach faces a sticky problem - how to dispose of all the old chewing gum left behind by the millions of tourists who visit each year.

The Sun News of Myrtle Beach reports gum is commonly plastered on the concrete, particularly near the popular tourist attractions along Ocean Boulevard.

Dave Sebok with the Myrtle Beach Downtown Redevelopment Corp. says the city tries to keep the area as clean as it can but it's an ongoing problem.

Officials bought a gum-removal machine two years ago and that has helped some. The machine steams the hardened gum and then a small wire brush on the machine is used to scrape it off.

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