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Yearlong paid Myrtle Beach parking in effect

The city of Myrtle Beach no longer offers free parking, meaning all visitors must pay up at every beach access and street. 

 

Visitors must pay $3 per hour to park, or $15 for a full day in central areas. City Council’s decision went into effect Nov. 1, 2023. Public Information Officer Mark Kruea said the goal is to simplify procedures for the enforcement officers. 

 

“It helps us create more parking but also to do a lot of the public beautification that you’ve seen over the last number of years downtown,” Kruea said. 

 

In the past, parking was free from Nov. 1 to March 1. Most of the parking revenue comes from the busiest eight months of the year from March to October, according to Kruea. This change in policy should not affect the number of people who visit Myrtle Beach, despite Surfside Beach’s select free public parking spaces. 

 

He said the extra money now generated from November to March will be used toward city projects. 

 

Any future project for the city may include streetscape improvements or building renovations along Ocean Boulevard. Additionally, parking meter revenue helps to fund events held in the downtown area. 

 

Yearlong parking, he said, will combat the issue of drivers parking wherever they feel like. 

 

“People either think the rules don’t apply to them or they couldn’t find a space where they wanted to park,” Kruea said, “so they made their own space.” 

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Madison Sharrock, Editor-in-Chief
I am honored to be The Chanticleer's Editor-in-Chief for the 2023-2024 school year. Ever since I joined as a reporter the second semester of my freshman year, I have dreamed of this! Currently, I am a junior communication major with a concentration in interactive journalism with a minor in new media and digital culture. Last year, I served as the Assistant Editor where I learned the ropes of our publication. As Assistant Editor, I won 2nd Place News Story from the South Carolina Press Association with our former editor, Megan Wallace. Additionally, I was named the SCPA's 2023 Frank R. Mundy Scholar, the first ever recognized from Coastal Carolina University. I encourage all students interested in the field of journalism to join The Chanticleer. Not only have I gained an internship-like experience during my time here, but have made some amazing friends and connections along the way.

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