Myrtle Beach city leaders plan boardwalk expansion
MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - It's official. City Leaders have plans to expand the Myrtle Beach Boardwalk in the downtown area.
On Friday, the Downtown Redevelopment Corporation held a meeting with key stakeholders to discuss the revitalization of the downtown area. Among the items mentioned, David Sebok, with the DRC, confirmed the plan to expand the boardwalk.
"We have permission," says Sebok. "We know about where it would go. We've met with some of the property owners, because it has to be designed and built a little bit differently than what we have been able to do so far, because of the property."
The Boardwalk will expand where it ends now at 2nd Avenue North, down to Family Kingdom on 4th Avenue South, and wrapped up to Ocean Boulevard, though the plans for the expansion are in the very early stages.
One stakeholder called the space between 2nd and 9th Avenues North "underutilized".
Every one that spoke voiced concern about the boarded buildings and deteriorating hotels plaguing the area.
Sebok says the DRC would like Myrtle Beach city leaders to make it a higher priority, and fund it sooner so that work can get started earlier.
There has been a lot of discussion about what should go in the empty lot.
People mentioned another park or carnival, perhaps, a summer-long art festival.
The Downtown Redevelopment Corporation wants to collect up to $1 million, a year to improve the downtown Myrtle Beach area.
Part of the plan is to use some of the money to increase safety. It would put more police officers along Ocean Boulevard.
The DRC wants to add more patrols near the water during the busiest part of the year, the summer months.
There are other benefits downtown Myrtle Beach could see if the proposed tax is passed.
At this point, there are 29 items on the wish list, and it covers all type of improvements.
Other options being tossed around include: public parking garages to make parking downtown easier, a trolley to take local residents and tourists to all the hotspots, and official gateways that lead to the beach on 7th, 8th, and 9th Avenue North.
These ideas for new attractions: a roller coaster, water park, and skateboard park have all been mentioned, as well.
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