North Myrtle Beach addresses parking issues, reptile sales

NORTH MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - The North Myrtle Beach City Council met Monday and passed several ordinances dealing with parking in the city, and the sale of certain reptiles.

The council passed an ordinance to establish Pay & Display parking in a 4th Avenue South City-owned parking lot. Under the Pay & Display system, a motorist enters the parking lot, selects a numbered parking space, enters that number and their payment into a centrally located ticket machine, receives a ticket displaying the time they arrived and how many hours of parking time they purchased, and then places the ticket on the dashboard of their car where it is clearly visible.

City Council passed a second ordinance prohibiting the sale, possession and display of certain types of reptiles, such as, but not limited to, water monitors and crocodile monitors, boa constrictors, pythons, and other reptiles. City Council wants to be proactive and work to preserve the natural environment that currently exists in North Myrtle Beach. They are trying to prevent the possible release of non-native species into natural areas that would cause a negative environmental impact, such as has occurred in Florida.

The final ordinance that was passed on January 6 was to amend the Code of Ordinances, Section 4-3, entitled, "Keeping of Certain Animals Prohibited." That section now reads: "It shall be unlawful for any person to keep any wild animals, vicious animals, reptiles, livestock or poultry, except at carnivals and circuses authorized by special permit in accordance with this Code, provided such use does not exceed a period of one week; a zoo; a non-profit educational or research facility; and a for-profit business where animals are displayed, but are not sold, bartered, given or traded to the public."

Finally, Council approved a motion to grant a special event permit to The Grand Strand Running Club to conduct the 31st North Myrtle Beach Winter Run on January 25. The start and finish areas will be on Main Street between Ocean Boulevard and Hillside Drive.