SURFSIDE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - Just two years after Surfside Beach installed new parking meters along Ocean Boulevard, it looks like some of those meters could be coming down.
The town's parking committee claims the way the meters and sidewalks are set up right now just is not safe, and it wants the town to make some changes.
The Surfside Beach parking committee laid out its recommendations in a 34-page document. The proposed changes go up for discussion at a special meeting next week.
The biggest item up for talks is what to do with parking meters on Ocean Boulevard. The parking committee believes the meters leave very little room for sidewalks and limited spaces that do not allow a buffer zone for cars and people walking on the beach side of the boulevard, adding the beach side parking spaces cut your line of sight from drive ways and beach access points.
The committee says there have also been complaints about the meters on the inland side of the road.
Where drivers said they cannot see if it is safe to pull out onto Ocean Boulevard because cars parked at meters are too close to intersections.
The parking committee says the town should remove all 41 meters on the beach side of the road and every meter on west side of Ocean Boulevard at intersections.
One proposal said the town should take those 65 meters pulled from Ocean Boulevard and relocate them to several side streets offering new parking spots near but not on Ocean Boulevard.
Additional meters could also go at beach access points for golf cart spaces that are free for some beachgoers right now.
People on golf carts can park for free at any beach access where there is no pay station or parking meter. As you might expect those lots are packed during the summer.
Surfside's parking committee says people who live in the town year round have complained they just do not have anywhere to park their golf carts anymore because of a spike in visitors..
The parking committee laid out two options to town council.
The first applies to all beach accesses that do not have pay stations or meters. There all carts must have Surfside seasonal parking stickers which will reserve parking for locals and non-resident home owners.
Everyone else would have to pay to park at other lots.
Option two designates certain accesses as premium including lots that have amenities that beach goers want. Here meters would be at each golf cart space.
Those with Surfside seasonal parking stickers park for free. While anyone else could use the same lot, they would have to pay.
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