The Struggle…Paying to Park in Myrtle Beach, SC

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By: Abigail Calhoun

The city of Myrtle Beach, SC charges visitors and locals anywhere from $5 to $50 to park in a parking lot or at a meter for a couple of hours within the city limits. The season for parking fees in Myrtle Beach starts on March 1 and ends on October 31 each year. The fees on most meters and parking lots begin being enforced at 9:00 a.m. and it runs until 12:00 am.

However, people with disabilities and certain veterans may park in specially marked spaces or at any public-operated parking meter for free with a visible handicapped tag, Purple Heart tag, disabled American veterans tag, or Medal of Honor license tag.

On Ocean Blvd there are many shops, restaurants, and attractions, however, there are no designated parking lots for the employees to park in when they are scheduled to work, and many employees are expected to pay each day they go to work. If an employee is paying for a place to park just to go to work how is it beneficial for them to work on Ocean Blvd.?

The city of Myrtle Beach, SC claims they cannot do anything to prevent employees from having to pay unless the owner of the parking lot allows the employee to park there for free as an employee. Although, there are options, a person can pay $30 per month to park in the parking garage just off of Ocean Blvd, pay $100 per month to park in a gravel parking lot on Ocean Blvd, or if a person lives in the city of Myrtle Beach, they can attempt to go to the DMV to get a parking sticker stating that they live in Myrtle Beach, SC, and with that they can park anywhere in Myrtle Beach without having to pay the parking fees.

I am an employee on Ocean Blvd., and parking is a major difficulty for my co-workers and me. We pay $10 each day we go to work, and if we work 6 days a week then we out $60, and that is the price we pay just to show up to work. Is this fair?

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