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FREE PARKING IN DOWNTOWN MYRTLE BEACH ENDS

UPDATE MAY 16th:   RESIDENTS UNITE AGAINST CITY IN PROTEST

CITY BEGINS SCANNING LICENSE PLATES AT ALL CITY ENTRANCES TODAY. CELL PHONES PINGED. CLICK HERE FOR DETAILS.

Myrtle Beach City Council voted 4 for and 3 against in a vote to end all Free Parking. Tourists will now be charged double for the spaces along Ocean Boulevard.

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Myrtle Beach City Council voted 4 for and 3 against in a vote to end all Free Parking in downtown Myrtle Beach.

Myrtle Beach Parking MeterYesterday’s city council vote means that all FREE PARKING will be eliminated.  Parking will now be limited and non-city residents will be charged double for the spaces that remain along the last stretch of Ocean Boulevard that have been free to beach goers for over the past 100 years.

Tourists can expect to pay for all oceanfront spaces that were once designated free parking.  These pay-by-phone spaces will now charge double the city’s normal rate.  Previously free parking existed at all free beach access spaces north of 31st Avenue North.  These parking spaces  will now cost  tourists $4 an hour and $20 a day.And parking along Ocean Boulevard and on avenues will be available only to city residents with city provided parking decals.  Residents will need to register with proof of local residency to receive a parking decal.

When informed of these new changes, residents in the Golden Mile sections of Myrtle Beach became very upset.   Many have stated that they now plan to move.  Several indicated they might even leave the entire area.

This is just another move in a long line of decisions by the mayor and city council which more closely ally the city with two large corporations that hope to move Chinese investors into the downtown area.

This recent round of changes have residents now considering  cutting off the funding for the city through their corporate connections which operate through the Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce.

To learn more about how local residents plan to do so,  click here.

 

 

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Born in 1961, David is a 12th generation descendant of the area we now call Myrtle Beach, S.C. David attended Coastal Carolina University and like most of his family, has never left the area. David is the lead journalist at MyrtleBeachSC.com

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