Monday, September 1 2014 1:31 PM EDT2014-09-01 17:31:17 GMT
The South Carolina Highway Patrol says a man on a motorcycle was killed in a crash Monday morning.Troopers say the crash occurred on Bookman Rd. about three miles west of Elgin at about 6 a.m. The motorcycleMore >>
The South Carolina Highway Patrol says a man on a motorcycle was killed in a crash Monday morningMore >>
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MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - As the temperatures begin to cool, even slightly, there's some good news for residents in the Grand Strand. The parking meter season is over.
Thursday, March 1 marked the official start to what the City of Myrtle Beach calls "parking season," bringing an end to free parking downtown, and the return of parking meters.
But on Sept. 30, that parking season ended, and parking downtown is again free.
When businesses in the downtown Myrtle Beach area were preparing for warmer weather, and increased tourist travel, they were trying to take advantage of free parking in the area for as long as they possibly could.
"It's very inconvenient and costly," said Tammy Klein as she helped set up the Sheraton Broadway Plantation's information center near Ocean Boulevard. "We'll have people coming in constantly looking for change for the meters."
Between March 1 and Sept. 30, no cars were allowed to park in the far lanes of Ocean Boulevard, and parking meters and lots throughout the downtown area will be activated, requiring people to feed the meter to park their cars.
Some tourists say fear of finding a parking ticket on their windshield actually keeps them from spending too much time downtown, and spend their time and money in other areas where they can park for free.
"We're probably going to stay down here longer today," said Erica Childress, who was visiting from North Carolina during the parking season. "We don't have to pay, so we're not going to constantly worry about the meter."
While people say paying the meters was annoying, the competition for parking spaces was a good sign of bigger crowds by the beach, and it can bring in money for the city as well.
In 2011, the City of Myrtle Beach and the Downtown Redevelopment Corporation made a profit of $200,000 from meters during the parking season.
Sunday, August 31 2014 4:12 PM EDT2014-08-31 20:12:10 GMT
CONWAY, SC (WMBF) – Dozens of videos are all over Twitter from parties held at Coastal Carolina University. Many of the posts lead back to a group called I'm Shmacked. It makes videos at universitiesMore >>
Dozens of videos are all over social media from parties held at Coastal Carolina University.More >>
Friday, August 29 2014 12:21 PM EDT2014-08-29 16:21:29 GMT
An Alexander County woman is facing charges after deputies say she molested a four-year-old at a church while services were happening. According to the Alexander County Sheriff's Office, 52-year-old CarolMore >>
According to the Alexander County Sheriff's Office, 52-year-old Carol Diane Britto, of Taylorsville, was charged with one count of first degree statutory sex offense and one count of indecent liberties with a child.More >>
Monday, September 1 2014 7:54 PM EDT2014-09-01 23:54:12 GMT
Whitney Hempsey remembered what doctors told her before she gave birth to her second child years ago. "It's like, 'Hey, are you tired of being pregnant?" Hempsey recalled. "'We can give you this and youMore >>
Mothers come together at Improving Birth Rally in an effort to stop rushed births.More >>
Monday, September 1 2014 6:18 PM EDT2014-09-01 22:18:34 GMT
Under a bright Carolina sun, citizens across the state enjoy going out and making a few waves on the lakes. Some like Johnathan Crossland enjoy fishing as a method of recreation and relaxation for a while.More >>
Boaters and law enforcement officials provide safety advice when making waves on the lakes.More >>
Monday, September 1 2014 3:55 PM EDT2014-09-01 19:55:16 GMT
As America's population of World War II veterans continues to shrink, respect for their role in history appears to be growing. Among those heroes are the thousands of troops who brought Hitler's EuropeMore >>
As America's population of World War II veterans continues to shrink, respect for their role in history appears to be growing.More >>