Residents continue to feud with NMB over Barefoot bridge

The city of North Myrtle Beach is moving forward with a plan to fix the lead based paint on a swing bridge, something they've been planning for a few years. Residents and business owners are worried about the detours. Some are trying to come up with ways to deal with plan B, a back way out.

"It's going to have a great effect. Daily traffic numbers coming across that bridge to supply the business for the golf courses and our restaurant are in the thousands," says Docksiders restaurant manager Brandon Brookshire.

While the swing bridge was not an item on the agenda, a few residents lobbied the North Myrtle Beach City Council at their meeting Monday night.

"That bridge is not safe!" Resident Gary Stephens said during public comment.

Repainting work is in the plans for the Barefoot Swing Bridge in North Myrtle Beach. In the summer months, drivers make more than 9,000 trips over the bridge that connects the Barefoot Resort area to barefoot landing and Highway 17 in North Myrtle Beach.

North Myrtle Beach Mayor Marilyn Hatley said at the meeting the structure of the bridge is stable and has passed all inspections.

Just a week prior , more than 100 people turned out to a meeting in front of the city council between city staff and the Barefoot community. Some business owners and residents who live in the area are upset and say it shouldn't happen. There is a back way out of the resort area via Watertower Road which connects to Highway 31. That is a 15 minute detour.