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Myrtle Beach group has extra money to spend downtown

The Myrtle Beach Downtown Redevelopment Corp. has found itself in a budget situation few have faced in recent years: Having extra money to spend.

As other groups scramble to make ends meet, the redevelopment group has an extra $383,000 this budget year, thanks to better-than-anticipated revenues from parking downtown.

Parking brought in more than expected because the new boardwalk, more tourism promotion by the Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce and pent-up demand for vacations lured more visitors downtown, said Dave Sebok, executive director of the Downtown Redevelopment Corp.

Most visitors to downtown Myrtle Beach have to pay to park, whether it’s at a meter or in lots run by the city or privately-owned companies.

The group could decide during its annual retreat Wednesday how to spend that extra money. Officials have outlined 16 options, including building crosswalks, adding more bathrooms, replacing old trees, installing cameras on the boardwalk, putting up holiday decorations on the boardwalk, obtaining more parking and selling boardwalk logo merchandise. The group also could come up with other ideas.

The group meets at 8 a.m. at the Marina Inn at Grande Dunes.

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