City leaders look for ways to bring more tourists, business to downtown Myrtle Beach

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) – City leaders are looking at new suggestions and plans to revitalize the downtown area of Myrtle Beach in the hopes that new changes will bring more business and tourists to the area.

One of the most obvious changes you could see involves parking meters, which normally shut down at the end of September.  The Downtown Redevelopment Corporation said some people think the meters should be up an extra month through the end of October.

Dave Sebok with the DRC said that is mainly because in recent years there has been a spike in the number of events after Labor Day.  The parking meter change could happen as early as this year if city council takes up the suggestion and opts to make the change.

"October is really a busy month, so managing the parking would be a good idea," added Sebok.  "In fact, the private parking lots are the ones that recommended that we do that, so that's a recommendation."

Sebok also said the DRC wants to also look at redeveloping the area south of the old Pavilion site with the goal to bring in more attractions, but that would require a zoning rewrite to encourage redevelopment.

"That's an area that last year and this year we really want to focus on. We think it's a great opportunity, but it's very challenging, because of the multitude of uses and owners," said Sebok.

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