MBDRC talks 2014 outcomes in first 2015 meeting

MBDRC talks 2014 outcomes in first 2015 meeting

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - At its first meeting of the new year, the Myrtle Beach Downtown Redevelopment Corporation learned there was a seven-percent increase in parking revenue between 2013 and 2014.

The area of Ninth Avenue is the highest grossing parking area in Myrtle Beach. While more people are using credit cards, cash is still the most popular way to pay parking meters.

Lanier Parking Solution's DRC-approved budget for 2014 came out with a three-percent surplus.

The number of parking spots hasn't changed in Myrtle Beach, so the only way to significantly increase funds from parking is to raise rates. That was a topic of conversation among board members Wednesday who said parking in Myrtle Beach is currently cheaper than it could be. The DRC has requested parking rates from the other areas Lanier Parking Solutions provides services.

At the meeting, the DRC also found the results of a survey conducted during tourist season last year.

The survey had questions about people's experiences with the boardwalk and the downtown area.

The majority of the people surveyed were on vacation at the time. Seventy-eight percent had been to the boardwalk before, while the rest were first-time boardwalk visitors.

Most people surveyed said they have a better perception of the boardwalk than they do of the rest of downtown area.

The survey also asked people about their expectations for safety, fun and cleanliness then, how closely those expectations were met.

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