Myrtle Beach, SC - MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - Myrtle Beach's newest $6.4 million attraction is gearing up to take center stage during this weekend's Beach Music Festival on Ocean Boulevard.
Grand Strand political and business leaders will gather Saturday at noon along Ninth Avenue North for a ribbon cutting ceremony to mark the official opening of the Myrtle Beach Boardwalk and Promenade.
The majority of the boardwalk, from the 14th Avenue Pier to 4th Avenue North, has been opened to the public since April. The remaining three blocks, according to city spokesman Mark Kruea, will open to the public on Saturday.
Since a September 2009 groundbreaking, construction crews have spent the last nine months using 770,000 board-feet of lumber, 270,000 nails and 555,000 screws to construct the 1.2 mile tourist hot spot. The boardwalk, city officials say, also features 600 new palmetto trees.
As the public begins to make its way to the oceanfront, city leaders want people to keep in mind that the boardwalk is a family-friendly destination and is accompanied by a set of rules.
- From May 1 through Labor Day, pets are allowed on the boardwalk between 5 and 10 a.m. From Labor Day through April 30, pets are allowed on the boardwalk at all times. Pet owners are reminded to properly dispose of any droppings.
- Bike regulations run parallel to the same schedule of pets.
- All types of skateboards, roller skates and rollerblades are prohibited on the boardwalk. Segways and other electric vehicles are also not allowed. Only those with a disability are allowed to use a motorized vehicle.
- Feeding birds, glass bottles and containers are not allowed on the boardwalk.
- Alcohol is prohibited, except in approved sidewalk cafes
- Littering is prohibited
- Soliciting, vending or distribution of free products or samples is prohibited, except for three Myrtle Beach City Council approved franchises from Fourth Avenue North to Sixth Avenue North.
To check out the progress of the boardwalk on live webcams, click here.