Posted Wednesday, September 27, 2006 9:08 AM | Contributed by Jeff
Pavilion's oceanfront location has made it an integral part of a Myrtle Beach vacation. And its old-timey atmosphere, with its vintage rides, intimate scale and low cost of use never fail to invoke intense nostalgia, even in people who don't go there much. That's why it's so hard to imagine Myrtle Beach without The Pavilion.
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They've taken away any unique reason to visit. All beach towns are full of condos and shopping. I'm sure finances made it impossible, but the community "might" have been better served to find "a way" to entice the owners to stay put "as is."
Then again...I'm sure the "year-round" property taxes, income taxes, et al will more than make up for the loss of atmosphere. Sometimes reality just sucks...
Once upon a time, different places in the country were *different*. Now, I bet I could plunk you in any one of 20 completely different places in the US, and unless you heard a local accent, you'd have NO IDEA where you were.
Of course, McDonalds, WalMart, and BestBuy have become ubiquitous because they give the masses what they want, and that's the name of the game. Wishing that this wouldn't happen is like wishing that day wouldn't follow night.
Well, I'm sure that the Myrtle Beach Chamber of Commerce really doesn't care about my individual travel plans... but my sole trip to Myrtle Beach was to visit Pavillion (in 2005... hearing that 2006 may be the end) and Family Kingdom.
Had Pavillion still been there, while I might not make a specific trip to the area, any trips through that region in the future may have warrented a return visit. As it is now... why bother?
It was Pavillion that got me there in the first place. If I want to go to a cookie cutter beach area, I have the New Jersey, Delaware and Maryland shore points all with in a 4 hour drive... no need to go all the way to SC.
Same can be said about Panama City FL and the defunct Miracle Stirp Amusement Park... and in the near future, many of the Jersey Shore points too. (Come on Morey's... HANG IN THERE!)
*** This post was edited by SLFAKE 9/27/2006 11:31:42 AM ***
If you take away amusement rides from a beach town, what do you have left? Condos, hotels, (themed and un-themed) restaurants, and shops. Not exactly unique, since that's how most seaside communities look.
Dowdy's on the Outer Banks in NC was gone this summer, as well.
We still have Morey's and SCBB, ad to some degree you could count Belmont...and I guess Pacific Park (Westcoaster RULES, hehe).
*** This post was edited by jomo 9/27/2006 1:29:55 PM ***
Which is strange to me, because it's like everyone forgets that hurricanes come through every decade or so and wipe one of these towns off the map.
The cost of oceanfront/beachside property is SO out of control, hard to believe anyone can make enough to stay in business...
Before I was married I used to go down every April with about 2 dozen buddies. We stayed at one of the high rise condos and played a different golf course each day for a week. I did this for about 7 years and didn't even make a dent in the number of courses available to play. Of course I hit the Pavillion and Family Kingdom, but that was because I was there already.
I'm sure the Grand Strand area will survive the demise of the Pavillion, but it is sad just the same.
So while I'm sure the Pavillion will be missed (I went there a lot as a kid when still going on family vacations), the family will still have plenty to do. They'll still have Family Kingdom, Mrytle Waves waterpark and soon enough they'll have the Hard Rock amusement park to go to.
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