Myrtle Beach’s Golden Mile has always been a popular parking spot for locals and visitors. In July, free parking in this location and at all beach accesses in Myrtle Beach came to an end.
Council members says residents have complained about the increase of cars parking in their neighborhoods for many years.
Free access to the beach for non-residents is now a thing of the past. Violators of new parking restrictions will see their cars ticketed or possibly towed.
Liam Zevgolis, a surf instructor and avid water sports enthusiast, says he will be directly affected by the new parking fees.
(Clockwise from top) Carolina Forest High School teacher J.J. Iagulli (back) and students Bailey Provencal, Liam Zevgolis and Jessie Vanedia tried to fight City Council on the new parking restrictions.
Myrtle Beach City Council member Wayne Gray says one of the greatest challenges is balancing the nearly 20 million visitors who come to Myrtle Beach every year and maintaining a quality of life for the residents who live here.
New signs provide instructions for setting up a payment method through an individual cell phone.
Authorities can determine whether someone has paid by running the license plate through the system.
Once a section of Myrtle Beach where parking was offered free of charge, the Golden Mile (from 31st Avenue North to 52nd Avenue North) was a hugely popular spot for locals and visitors to access the beach
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