MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - Some people who live and work along the south end of Ocean Boulevard said three vacant and abandoned motels were becoming problems for the neighborhood, especially after one of them caught fire twice in less than a week.
Phillip Homan is behind bars after a string of fires in Myrtle Beach, including two fires at the same abandoned motel that some say is a problem on Ocean Boulevard.
Now there are plans to demolish the buildings, and while there is no date set for demolition, WMBF News has learned from the City of Myrtle Beach that a new restaurant is being talked about as an option for what could be built on the property where the Golden Sands and Holiday South Motels sit empty now.
"I remember them as a teenager when they were all in operation," said Gary Brown, who has vacationed in the area for several decades.
Brown thinks a restaurant would do better than a new hotel because it would bring more people down to the south end of Myrtle Beach, where many older motels still operate.
"As a 60-year-old man I could stay at a very pricey, expensive, or modern motel, but I just love a 50s motel, as an out-of-town visitor," added Brown.
However, some people do not think a restaurant would last very long.
"On Ocean Boulevard there's no traffic from September to April," said Ramesh Patel, who runs the El Dorado by the Sea. "So no matter how much money you spend or build, it's not worth it."