North Myrtle Beach adds parking spaces

North Myrtle Beach is adding abut 200 new parking spots for the summer by extending beach-front lots. Photo courtesy of North Myrtle Beach. 

North Myrtle Beach has started building more parking spaces in preparation for the summer tourist season.

The city plans to add about 200 new oceanfront parking lots from 4th Avenue North to 18th Avenue North, according to a news release.

The work is projected to cost between $250,000 and $300,000.

Following the advice from consultants hired to help solve the city's parking problem, town officials are expanding beachfront lots toward the ocean to accommodate more people. 

The work is part of a short-term plan to relieve parking congestion this summer while the city decides on a long-term solution. 

Measures such as charging non-residents to park near the beach and a shuttle service pilot program are also planned to go into effect starting June 15.

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