Residents bothered about Myrtle Beach parking rules plan to boycott seafood festival

Residents bothered about Myrtle Beach parking rules plan to boycott seafood festival

HORRY COUNTY, SC (WMBF) - A group of Horry County residents are using social media to voice their concerns and frustrations about Myrtle Beach's new paid parking regulations along the Golden Mile.

Many of them are planning to boycott the city's first seafood festival scheduled for October.

More than 2,000 members are part of the social media group on Facebook - Make Myrtle Beaches Free Clean and Safe - and it is growing by the Day.

While not an exclusive group, it is primarily for people who are upset regarding parking, because they live in Carolina Forest and cannot park along that section of Ocean Boulevard, which stretches from 31st Avenue to 82nd Avenue North, without paying a fee.

"I think that parking should be free," said Ann Dunham, a member of the social media group.

In a joint effort to send a message to city leaders, some locals said they plan to boycott the city of Myrtle Beach, saying they will not attend events and festivals, particularly the city's first seafood festival, if that means they have to pay to park.

Officials with the Downtown Redevelopment Corporation, the organization hosting the seafood festival, said it is unfortunate locals will not be attending an event, as it is all about them.

Both the DRC and the city said the festival will move forward. Mark Kruea, spokesperson for Myrtle Beach, said paid parking was brought in as a solution to a problem that would not accommodate everyone.

"City council knew going in when you fix the issue for the neighbors that not everybody was going to be happy with the fix," Kruea said. "The main goal is to protect the residential character of those neighbors. It's not a commercial area. If you need to go the beach, there are lots of places that you can go to the beach.

And that is what some locals say they plan to do, and they are taking their money with them.

"It's very disappointing the way our city government seems to not be working for the normal person," Dunham said.

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