Parking changes begin at Myrtle Beach Convention Center

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - On Saturday the Myrtle Beach Convention Center will begin charging for parking for events. The three dollar charge was passed earlier this year by Myrtle Beach City Council but officially goes into effect this weekend for the "Largest Garage Sale" event.

"I'm hoping parking isn't too much of a problem," said Kim Ford, a vendor from Calabash, North Carolina. "I still think we'll have a good turnout" she added. Vehicles registered with the city and spotting a parking decal will not have to pay to park.

"I understand why they're doing it, it's not $5 or $10" said Michael Harris, a vendor setting up shop at the convention center on Friday. The money raised will go to support the convention center facilities. Event organizers wishing to hold events at the center can pay the city a parking fee and allow free parking for their event.

"At least people know they're going to have a place to park, they're not going to have to worry about going 4 blocks down the road" said BJ Bjorklund, a vendor from North Carolina. The city is warning residents not to park in lots across the street that are not owned by the city and are subject to towing.

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