North Myrtle Beach residents give suggestions on relieving parking problems

North Myrtle Beach residents give suggestions on relieving parking problems

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - The City of North Myrtle Beach is taking steps to fix their parking problems.

City leaders teamed up with consultant Kimley-Horn and held a parking workshop on Friday. Parking consultants are looking into long and short-term parking in the city of North Myrtle Beach, near Ocean Boulevard and throughout the city.

"The whole context of the meeting is there's no one thing you should do. We can't build more parking and everything's solved we can’t charge for parking and everything's solved. The context is we need a combination of solutions,” said parking consultant Brett Wood.

Kimley Horn set up examples of different solutions on poster boards. Residents were able to give their feedback on different parking options, like paid parking, resident only parking and shuttle services. Neighbors also got to give input on possible designs for Ocean Boulevard parking and parking on the side streets.

"The whole context of the meeting is there’s no one thing you should do. We can’t build more parking and everything’s solved we can’t charge for parking and everything’s solved. The context is we need a combination of solutions,” Wood said.

However, some neighbors were not on board with some of the examples presented for Ocean Boulevard.

"Some of these proposals do not meet state highway standards for visibility that was our issue with the lawsuit,” said resident Jim Shortley, who attempted to sue the city over parking back in May. In response, consultants said these are just conceptual and they wouldn’t present them if they were illegal.

After Friday’s workshop the consultant said he’ll have a meeting with council in March to go over strategies. Then, they’ll come back in the summer and will hold more workshops for visitors and residents.

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