Horry County Notebook | Airport offering parking relief for holiday travelers

The holiday season is upon us, a time that can often be a traveler’s worst nightmare.

The Myrtle Beach International Airport is doing its part to try and accommodate the anticipated increase in volume.

Airport officials are opening 260 temporary parking spaces in the airport’s under-construction, new car rental facility, said spokesman Kirk Lovell.

In addition, officials are encouraging departing passengers driving to the airport to arrive in plenty time to find parking. If possible, passengers are encouraged to have a friend or relative shuttle them to and from the airport.

“The holiday season brings a rush of people to the airport. We want all passengers to have a pleasing experience while using the Myrtle Beach International Airport. Please plan accordingly if your travel plans include parking at the airport during the holiday season,” said Mike La Pier, Horry County Director of Airports, in a statement.

As for that new car rental facility, Lovell said it’s now 90 percent complete and its opening is set for Dec. 4.

The rest of the airport’s $118 million terminal expansion project is now moving into its final stages ahead of its scheduled Jan. 25 completion date.

Lovell said loading bridges are being added to one of the new concourses, and the Transportation Security Administration, or TSA baggage handling system is 99 percent installed.

While monitoring the progress of the expansion, airport officials are preparing for a Jan. 29 test flight, Lovell said. That also includes a mock trial run to make sure passengers can find their way around the new terminal.

The airport’s terminal expansion will increase the total number of gates from seven to 13. The first commercial flight is set for Feb. 19.

Community Development Block Grand workshops announced

The Horry County Community Development Block Grant office has announced the deadline for filing CDBG sub-recipient agency applications for the 2013 cycle will be Feb. 1 at 2 p.m., according to a press release.

Funding is provided through a federal block grant program to assist in developing a viable urban community by expanding opportunities for decent housing, suitable living environments and needed public services.

To assist with the applications, the county’s CDBG office will hold three classes at 1515 Fourth Ave., Conway, on the following dates: Dec. 13 from 9 to 11 a.m.; Jan. 8 from 2 to 4 p.m.; and Jan. 10 from 9 to 11 a.m.

For further information, call 915-7033.

County to dedicate picnic shelter

Horry County Parks and Recreation and Councilman Al Allen will dedicate a picnic shelter at Huggins Boat Landing in recognition of two area residents, according to a press release.

The announcement will be made on Monday at 11 a.m. at the Aynor Senior Center, located at 845 N. Main St., in Aynor.