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Parking, traffic plans laid out for country music festival weekend

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MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - Nearly 20,000 country music festival goers will be in Myrtle Beach for the Carolina Country Music Festival. The three-day event is scheduled June 5-8 at the former Pavilion site on 9th Avenue along Ocean Boulevard.

City leaders and Myrtle Beach business owners met Thursday to discuss traffic, parking and logistics.

Here's what we learned while attending the meeting:

Fencing will start going up on Monday, June 1 for the festival.

Traffic

Beach access at 8th Avenue North will be closed for vendor use throughout the festival, as well as the right turning lane from 9th Avenue to Kings Highway.

Pedestrian barricades will be placed between 7th Avenue North and 9th Avenue North.

Kings Highway will be down to one lane during the festival. The boulevard will be closed from 8th-9th Avenue North.

Side streets will be closed, but officers will be monitoring posts allowing people into businesses.

Police will be using hydro-barricades. Message boards will be located throughout the city encouraging drivers to use Grissom Parkway and Highway 31.

All officers manning the barricades and traffic posts will be local.

Police will be allowing delivery trucks into the festival for the local businesses.

Parking

Parking will be available at the Old Myrtle Square Mall on Kings Highway.

Carolina Country Music Fest event coordinators have set prices at $50 per PERSON -- NOT CAR -- for parking at the former mall site.

The city of Myrtle Beach was not involved in pricing or coordinating the location for parking, according to Lt. Crosby

Offsite parking will be at the mall. Then, festival goers will be shuttled into the event.

Other

The event coordinator said no coolers or chairs will be allowed. “[The] most important thing is that this is a safe event," he added.

Concerned business owners

Some business owners said they believe not everyone will benefit from the event. Business owners said some business profits will be smaller than a normal weekend because of all of the changes.

Other business owners say they are worried about the parking prices.

While some business owners say they are concerned for how their staff and shoppers will have access to the shops.

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