North Myrtle Beach is allowing free parking in its pay lots from Nov. 21 through Feb. 28, the city said today in a statement.
But if residents, who get to park free there anyway, complain that employees are hogging all of the parking spaces along the beachfront, parking fees will go back into effect, the statement said.
Parking meters that charge $1 an hour were installed this year in four parking lots; oceanfront at 4th Avenue North and 3rd Avenue North, second row at 4th Avenue South, and oceanfront at 27th Avenue South.
That represents about 100 of the city’s 2,000 free parking spaces.
The intention was to dissuade nearby hotel employees from gobbling up prime beach parking, and officials say adding meters has solved the problem at these four locations.