The City Council on Tuesday will hear the appeal of a taxicab owner who was denied a medallion that would add a second seven-seat van to his business.
Alqi Dhimo, owner of Atlantic Cab Taxi, said he applied through the city’s taxicab hearing panel to receive a second medallion for his company. He said he currently operates one seven-seat van – allowing for six passengers – and he believes there’s enough business to add a second van.
In order to receive panel approval, the applicant must demonstrate a need for an additional taxicab on the street in order to receive a “certificate of convenience and necessity,” commonly called a medallion.
There are currently 182 medallions in the city. The city last approved medallions in February 2011, issuing two certificates to two separate applicants, according to city spokesman Mark Kruea.
Dhimo said he handles between 20 and 30 calls a day, with the numbers increasing during the season. He said he is the only driver for his company and was hoping that by adding a second van he’d be able to hire someone to help him.
“I can’t work 24 hours a day,” he said.
Dhimo pointed to the new terminal at Myrtle Beach International Airport set to open April 2 as evidence that, if there aren’t already, there will be more people coming to town.
The new terminal is expected to allow airlines to bring more flights to Myrtle Beach and, in turn, increase tourism.
The hearing will take place 9 a.m. Tuesday before the council workshop in the first-floor conference room of City Hall, 937 Broadway, Myrtle Beach.