3 local vendors get OK to set up shop on MB boardwalk

Myrtle Beach, SC - MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - The Myrtle Beach City Council has given three businesses the green light to set up shop along the city's new boardwalk at a Tuesday afternoon meeting.

According to members of the Myrtle Beach City Council, the Italian ice, lemonade and hot dog stands will be placed between Fourth Avenue North and Sixth Avenue North.

All vending permits approved at Tuesday's regularly scheduled Myrtle Beach City Council meeting are local.

Jordan Alexander, one of the three approved vendors, says she was one of the first to ask city council for permission.

"I fought for it and now it's finally approved," said Alexander, who plans to open a lemonade stand.  "I think it's going to be a huge deal with the vendors on there and I think it's going to bring a huge crowd."

Johnny Evans has plans for a hot dog and snack stand.

"'Dogs Under the Boardwalk,' it's a unique name," explained Evans.  "I've been waiting for this and I'm very excited because it's a great opportunity to serve people."

A stretch of the new attraction from the 14th Avenue Pier to 4th Avenue North is now accessible and open to the public. The three remaining blocks that stretch to the 2nd Avenue Pier, according to a spokesperson, remain under construction and should open no later than early June.

The Myrtle Beach Boardwalk and Promenade is slated to cost more than $6 million and encompass more than a mile of beach that runs parallel to Ocean Boulevard. Once complete, the boardwalk will begin near the 14th Avenue Pier and stretch south to the 2nd Avenue Pier.

Members of the Myrtle Beach City Council say the attraction will show off the Grand Strand's natural beauty and feature a carnival-themed area in the middle of the boardwalk. The City of Myrtle Beach's website says the boardwalk will help provide a walking alternative for people along the ocean, instead of traveling along Ocean Boulevard.

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