Be careful where you park: North Myrtle Beach loses public lot on Sea Mountain Highway

Be careful where you park: North Myrtle Beach loses public lot on Sea Mountain Highway (North Myrtle Beach/Google Maps)

North Myrtle Beach will soon lose a popular public parking lot on the oceanfront at the end of Sea Mountain Highway.

According to a news release from North Myrtle Beach, since May 2002, the city has leased an oceanfront parcel at the end of Sea Mountain Highway, between the Pelican Motel and Murphy's and across from Boulineau's, for use as a free public parking lot.

The private landowner has decided to cancel their lease with the city effective May 25 and, at that time, free public parking on that lot will no longer be allowed.

Fewer than 10 spots on an adjacent parcel that is owned by the city will remain as free parking.

City officials have released the map below to further clarify which parking areas will remain and which will be removed.

In the image, the area marked by a red perimeter will no longer allow free public parking after May 25.

The area marked by a gold or yellow perimeter will remain as free public parking.

The city said they owe their thanks to Frank Boulineau and his family, who own the oceanfront property that served as public parking for 15 years.

According to the lease, the Boulineau family leased the property to the city at no charge to the city and its taxpayers.

The Boulineau family will continue to provide more than 200 public parking spaces behind the pizza restaurants and Ocean Treasures in the same area, which make it possible for many people to drive to the beach and enjoy it.

Officials said they hope area residents and visitors will continue to enjoy the beach and simply be aware of the upcoming parking change.

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