MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - Neighbors living by the Myrtle Beach campus of Horry Georgetown Technical College say they've been battling to secure parking in front of their houses since last school year.
Now that school is back in session, homeowner Terrence Carter who lives in Sweetgrass Square, a neighborhood near HGTC, says college students are making it nearly impossible to park anywhere close to their own homes.
"It just makes it very inconvenient for us to have to find parking somewhere around the neighborhood," Carter says. "There's very limited parking anyway."
Carter is not alone in his complaints. Homeowner April Haskell also lives in the Sweetgrass Square neighborhood, says she is tired of sharing parking spaces with Horry Georgetown Tech students. Wednesday morning, Haskell says she could not find a spot anywhere in the neighborhood, and the problem continued for most of the day.
"It's gotten to the point that we can't park in our own neighborhood," Haskell says. "Students are parking here, and the college is doing nothing about it."
Haskell's problem isn't a new one; homeowners say they've been trying to secure the parking spaces for months. They even took their case to Myrtle Beach City Council, where their complaints haven't gained any traction.
City officials say the parking spots are public property, and anybody who wants to park there is allowed to do so. The only way the city could help out is to add parking meters or signs designating the spots as residents only parking, which city officials say isn't likely to happen.
Haskell says the situation is making life tough on seniors.
"I'd say 90% of the people in here are retirees; we had one who just had back surgery," Haskell says. "She can't get around, it's not fair for her."
The city doesn't have plans to make changes anytime soon, but Horry Georgetown Tech does.
College officials say parking is a huge problem for students and homeowners nearby, both in Myrtle Beach and at their Conway campus. Horry Georgetown Tech's Director of Capitol Improvements Neil McCoy says the school is in the planning stages of creating more student overflow parking near the corner of Pampas Drive and Crabtree Lane to alleviate the parking problem.
No word yet on when construction will begin, but stick with WMBF News for the late breaking details.