Myrtle Beach, SC - MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - Several complaints from viewers regarding parking at the Market Common have helped lead to a new strategy that could solve the problem at the popular residential and shopping district.
"Handicapped access to special events is inadequate," one viewer wrote. "The parking garage has too few handicapped spaces, upper level requires [an] elevator, which is not monitored for safety/mugging. Events are a distance from [the] parking lot. There is no reason there cannot be on-road handicapped parking."
WMBF News took the concerns directly to both Market Common officials and the City of Myrtle Beach.
"I had a call from a couple of weeks ago from a man who had some problems with handicap parking at the Market Common," Myrtle Beach City Manager Tom Leath recalled.
This week, the city is installing new stickers to facility maps that help to showcase where handicapped parking is located.
"When there are a lot of people here, it can be really hard to find a place to park," Nancy Szarowicz, a Pawleys Island resident, said. "[A] lot of times what I do [is] I drop off my friends in the front and then I have to go find a parking spot."
Leath was also asked about event parking and why so many spots along Farrow Parkway do not have handicapped access.
Leath said the parking in that strip of roadway is not long or wide enough to safely accommodate handicap vans. That's why he said there are special lots designated inside of the parking garage.
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