Myrtle Beach won’t rush to come up with rules for temporary uses in some amusement zones after a Florida-based company decided not to bring its carnival to the former Pavilion property, which sparked concerns over safety.
But the council said Tuesday in delaying the vote on the new rules that it still wants the city’s Planning Commission to look at the number and type of amusement rides allowed on the Pavilion property and other amusement zones in the city.
The City Council voted to continue an ordinance that would suspend any permits from being issued in AC-3 zones, which includes the Pavilion area, for a business that would include temporary amusement rides, giving city attorney Tom Ellenburg the opportunity to clarify the definition of “temporary.”
The ordinance, as presented to the council during a Tuesday morning workshop, would have put a moratorium on the issuing of business, construction or any other necessary licenses for a business that would include temporary amusement rides in AC-3 zones while the Planning Commission looks into the amount and type of amusement rides that should be allowed in the area, city attorney Tom Ellenburg said.
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The AC-3 zone includes areas such as the Family Kingdom area, the former NASCAR Cafe building at the corner of 21st Avenue North and U.S. 17 Bypass as well as the former Pavilion area.
Councilman Mike Lowder said he felt the word temporary needed to be more clearly defined in the ordinance.
Ellenburg said he would make sure to describe which “methods of affixation to the property” would be allowed.
The ordinance was drafted in response to a request from Orlando, Fla.-based company Strates Shows to run a summer-long carnival that would feature rides, games and concessions from June to September. It would have been set up on a four-acre portion of the former Myrtle Beach Pavilion Amusement Park grounds, next to Adrenaline Adventures Zip Line, which opened on part of the site a year ago. Strates was working with Burroughs and Chapin Co. Inc., which owns the land.
B&C declined to comment on Strates Shows pulling out of the application process. The company also would not comment on whether there was a plan to put something else on the Pavilion grounds this summer.
City Council members said Thursday during their budget retreat in Pinopolis that they did not want the “out-of-market” business to benefit from the work the city and downtown businesses have done to improve the area during the past few years.
Council members also said they were afraid that bringing carnival rides back to the area would undermine the development that’s taken place in that area, including the 1.2-mile boardwalk.
The ordinance could return to the council agenda as soon as May 14, the next time the council is scheduled to meet.