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Businesses toughing out second year of streetscape project

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) – For the second of three winter seasons, parts of Ocean Boulevard will be full of construction.

The Myrtle Beach Streetscape project aims to improve and beautify the major road but until then, some nearby shops are seeing their profits whisked away.

"It's been warm, we could've had people, but because of this, it's kind of cut off,” said Justin Amic, an employee at the Red Hot Shoppe.

He says business at the Red Hot Shoppe has taken a hit at the slowest time possible.

The project foreman says he does get complaints from time to time, and does his best to work with the shops. Recently, his crews opened up a sidewalk to get more foot traffic to the store.

"You can't get to me and can't get a room,” said Pearl Floyd. At the Sea Palms motel, even that isn't enough.

"You need any business you can get, but any that you can get, you can't get, because the boulevard is shut down,” Floyd said.

Floyd says right now, she can't get anyone to stay at her motel.

The construction makes it difficult for people to come by, and she says those that do don't stay long.

She hopes the major project will pay off, like city leaders believe it will.

"Maybe in the long run, but in the meantime, it's not good for business right now,” she said.

This year's Ocean Boulevard construction is set to wrap up around Easter. Until then, crews will work on underground utilities along with water and sewage drains.

The project will all finish up next winter, when crews take out all the power lines, and pave the road one final time.

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