A proposal that surfaced in April to change what type of development is allowed in the city’s amusement zones has lost its momentum.
The suggestion, which emerged after a Florida-based company proposed setting up carnival rides on the former Myrtle Beach Pavilion Amusement Park site for the summer, hasn’t come up since the company withdrew its plans because of the opposition that had formed among local leaders.
City spokesman Mark Kruea said Monday that when Strates Shows abandoned its plan to bring the carnival to Myrtle Beach, there no longer was an urgency to address the issue.
“There’s no push to bring that back to council with any rapidity,” Kruea said.
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Councilman Wayne Gray said he believes the issue will come back before council at some point.
The ordinance, as presented to the council during the April 23 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.
The AC-3 zone includes parts of town such as the Family Kingdom Amusement Park 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.
City Council members said in April that they did not want an “out-of-market” business such as Strates Shows to benefit from the work the city and downtown businesses have done to improve the area during the past few years. The company canceled its plans to come to Myrtle Beach once it heard the idea was being met with resistance.
When the item was not on the next meeting agenda, May 7, Councilwoman Susan Grissom Means asked why it wasn’t included. Ellenburg said he still was working on drafting the changes.