Myrtle Beach council considering extending parking meter enforcement through October

April 8, 2014 

The parking meters on 15th Avenue North near Withers Drive in Myrtle Beach will be taken down with the rest of the parking meters in the city beginning on Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2013. Photo by Janet Blackmon Morgan / jblackmon@thesunnews.com

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Myrtle Beach City Council will consider Tuesday a motion that would extend the time period for parking meters by one month – through Oct. 31.

The Downtown Redevelopment Corp. requested the additional month of meter enforcement during the group’s annual retreat in January, as a way to increase revenues.

“I’d like to see the parking meters be extended through the end of October,” Chris Walker, president of the Oceanfront Merchants Association, said in January. “I think that’s a good busy time. I think we’re giving up too soon on that.”

DRC board member Taylor Damonte said during the January retreat that it was a no-brainer to extend meters for one month.

“[Especially] if you’re looking at the least expensive action to bring in more money,” he said.

Currently, meters are enforced from March 1 to Sept. 30. Passing the motion would allow meters to stay up through Oct. 31.

City Council last month passed a motion that suspends parking on Ocean Boulevard between Seventh Avenue North and 14th Avenue North through October. Previously, vehicles were not allowed to park on that section of Ocean Boulevard between March 1 and Oct. 1.

The council considered suspending parking year-round, but opted to add an additional month after hearing from the area’s business owners.

Contact MAYA T. PRABHU at 444-1722 or follow her at Twitter.com/TSN_MPrabhu.

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