MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) – A new bill introduced Thursday in the South Carolina House aims to take the fight over parking in Myrtle Beach to the Statehouse.
The bill would require any parking ordinance, resolution or regulation regarding on-street parking privileges for citizens of a municipality that are not available on the same terms to non-residents to be approved by the state's General Assembly. This would supersede any such ordinance enacted by the municipality.
The bill cites the fact that Myrtle Beach receives money from Horry County taxpayers who are not in the city limits of Myrtle Beach, but these residents are not granted the same free on-street parking as residents within the city. The bill states: "residents of the unincorporated areas of Horry County spend their hard-earned dollars in the City of Myrtle Beach just as its residents do."
The bill was filed by state representatives Jeffery Johnson and Kevin Hardee, who both represent Horry County in the state House of Representatives. The bill was introduced Thursday and referred to the Committee on Medical, Military, Public and Municipal Affairs.
The issue of parking in Myrtle Beach has been a controversial topic, with the Horry County Council chairman last month calling for the city to provide fair parking to Horry County residents outside city limits.