Parking meter rates go up in Myrtle Beach

It now costs 25 cents more an hour to park at metered spaces in Myrtle Beach.

The cost is now between $1 and $1.50 per hour.

City spokesman Mark Kruea says this is the first time the rates went up since the meters were put in place in 2004.

52 of the meters are part of a test program. They accept debit and credit cards.

Some visitors say no matter how you pay, those extra quarters can add up.

"It can hurt a lot of people trying to find a place to park, especially with the gas prices," says Rick Wise, of Conway

City residents get decals that exempt then from paying the meters and anyone with a handicapped, disabled American veterans or purple heart license plate parks for free.