Drivers parking in certain areas of Myrtle Beach will need to keep quarters on hand for an extra month after City Council voted Tuesday on a motion to extend enforcement of parking meters through October.
Chris Walker, president of the Oceanfront Merchants Association, suggested the move during the Downtown Redevelopment Corp.’s annual retreat in January as a way to increase the corporation’s revenues.
Meters are enforced beginning March 1 and now will stay up through Oct. 31. Walker said OMA members supported the move.
City Council passed the motion unanimously and without discussion Tuesday after passing last month 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.