Business downtown shows increase in millions

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) The City of Myrtle Beach has seen plenty of action down Ocean Boulevard with renovations and new businesses being built.

WMBF News decided to look at the numbers to really see how much business is booming.

Based on the city's business license permits, the growth numbers are in the millions of dollars. Over the past six years, we have seen growth of about $68 million as far as how much businesses are bringing in. Now you might see some changes to bring in more.

The Downtown Redevelopment Corporation is going over what they would like to see happen this year, and the top priority is how you get to downtown. The corporation wants to see official "entry districts", which will incorporate changes on where Highway 501 meets Main Street, and US 17 meets Kings Highway, so you can know when you've arrived at one of the most popular places at the beach.

The corporation also want to finish up the roadway work on Ocean Boulevard, put up permanent restrooms, and look for more funding sources. Those working on the goals want to make sure we're continuing to move in the right direction.

"I think that it's just proof in the pudding if you want to call it that," said Lauren Clever with the Downtown Redevelopment Corporation. "That things are happening downtown. If things are happening, things have to continue to grow, and our goals kind of show that."

The Downtown Redevelopment Corporation will meet Wednesday afternoon at 2 p.m. at the Myrtle Beach City Hall to go over these goals and discuss budgeting.

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