City Council changes parking fee amount
By Pat Dowling
Prior to their June 19 meeting, North Myrtle Beach City Council members held a 6:30 p.m. executive session to discuss a potential property acquisition. No action was taken.
During the June 19 City Council meeting, an Employee Longevity Award was presented to Fire Battalion Chief Todd Davis in recognition of his 20 years of service to the city. Employee Longevity Awards are presented in five-year increments to those employees who provide excellent customer service.
Council passed second (final) reading of an ordinance to amend Chapter 23, Zoning, of the city’s Code of Ordinances (ZTX-17-04). Prior to passage of the ordinance, the Board of Zoning Appeals had five members, requiring three affirmative votes for action. The number of members occasionally made it difficult to achieve a quorum. The Board of Zoning Appeals will now have seven members, requiring four affirmative votes to take action. This will increase the opportunity for a quorum.
Council passed second reading of an ordinance to lease approximately 0.06 acres of land located on the lake at the North Myrtle Beach Park & Sports Complex to Apex Wake Parks, LLC for use as a staging area for the company’s new Aqua Park amenity, which is now open for business.
Council passed final reading of an ordinance establishing an exemption from parking fees for resident and non-resident property owners. The exemption applies to city-owned parking lots, public street ends and public parking areas within the public rights of way that have been identified as paid parking lots and/or paid parking zones.
Under the ordinance, resident and non-resident property owners may register up to two personal vehicles per year per property address located within North Myrtle Beach upon payment of a $5 registration fee per vehicle. (The initial version of the ordinance that passed first reading stipulated a fee of $100 for non-resident property owners, however, the fee amount was changed to $5 in the final ordinance.)
The ordinance defines a “personal vehicle” as being “an automobile, motorcycle, golf cart or low speed vehicle subject to registration, licensing and/or a permit under South Carolina State law.”
The exemption does not include rental vehicles or vehicles for hire.
The goal is to activate the exemption program by mid-July, if not before. The city will publicize in advance the exact date when property owners may begin to apply for the exemption and the information they will need to provide to the city.
The city currently charges $1.00 (one dollar) per hour for parking at four public parking locations: Oceanfront at 4th Avenue North, oceanfront at 3rd Avenue North, second row at 4th Avenue South and oceanfront at 27th Avenue South.
The city offers about 1,800 public parking spaces from Hillside Drive to the oceanfront with 126 of those being paid parking spaces, and the rest are free parking spaces.
There are many other free parking spaces throughout the remainder of the city.
City Council passed first reading of an ordinance to amend Chapter 23 of the Zoning Ordinance to allow unenclosed porches and decks whether covered or not in the R3 Mobile/ Manufactured Home Residential District