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March 25, 2014

Myrtle Beach extends ban on Ocean Boulevard parking through October

Drivers heading to businesses in downtown Myrtle Beach will have to wait another month before being allowed to park on Ocean Boulevard.

Drivers heading to businesses in downtown Myrtle Beach will have to wait another month before being allowed to park on Ocean Boulevard.

Myrtle Beach City Council passed an ordinance 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 October 1.

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

Oceanfront Merchants Association President Chris Walker said many of the groups members said they like having vehicles in front of their business in the off-season to draw customers in.

“If you’re a tourist you might not know a good restaurant, but if you see cars there you’ll say, ‘hey, that must be a good restaurant,’ ” Walker said during the council workshop Tuesday morning.

Members of the Downtown Redevelopment Corp. discussed the option during their annual retreat and City Council members asked Walker to get a consensus from OMA before they made a decision.

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