SURFSIDE BEACH, SC (WMBF) – A "No Parking" zone new for this summer in Surfside Beach is drawing some criticism from drivers and people who live in the area. The no parking zone is on the south side of Melody Lane and applies to about the last 50 yards of space leading up to Ocean Boulevard.
Melody Lane is the last major road connecting Hwy 17 Business to Ocean Blvd. and it is also the diving line between town limits and county lines. That is why Mayor Doug Samples said the town had to ask SCDOT for the no parking zone.
SCDOT installed the signs earlier this year. Samples said a parking committee asked the town to push for the new no parking zone aimed at making it easier for people to turn onto the boulevard from Melody Lane while also encouraging more beach goers to use pay to park spots in town.
While some drivers may actually be using parking meters a number of people are still parking for free on Melody Lane further inland where it is still legal to park. Some residents believe the town has created a new problem by making changes near the intersection of Melody Lane and Ocean Blvd.
"I think it's worse because I think people are backing out in front of each other," added Surfside Beach resident James Mason. "It's more crowded, cars are closer together, and because of that people are walking down the street and having to walk out in the street."
SCDOT told WMBF News it is unaware of any requests from Surfside Beach to extend the no parking zone the length of Melody Lane. Engineers said even then they would need to go out and scout the area to see if it merits a new zone.