Posted Friday, July 22, 2005 9:45 AM | Contributed by Jeff
The scandal surrounding the California developer hired to create a plan for The Myrtle Beach Pavilion Amusement Park will cost the city's Downtown Redevelopment Corp. more than $51,000 in legal bills. The agency actually racked up much more in legal expenses, about $85,000, as it reacted to questions that surfaced in January about Pavilion planner Barry Landreth's credentials and finances.
Read more from The Sun News.
"Created by City Council in 1999 to redevelop 266 acres in the city's core..."
...I havn't followed this from the beginning so does anyone know why they want to redevelop that area in downtown? Seems to me it's usually packed and, I'd guess, making a lot of money. Has that area fallen on hard times recently? Anyone care to do a recap of events for those of us who haven't followed this from the start? Thanks...
This new effort appears to be focusing on the entire downtown area - not just the Pavilion. The area between the park and Family Kingdom (home of the Swampfox) is pretty bleak so hopefully that's where they will focus.
But this is a town with an empty shopping mall on the main drag; Myrtle Square housed 80-90 stores in 450,000 sq ft of space which is now abandoned. Yet they want to use public money to try to develop another shopping area?
My reaction to Myrtle Beach has always been expensive lodging, time-share condos everywhere, tacky side-show amusements wanting to become more than what it is. And in the MB environment the Pavilion, while upscale for the area, is probably doomed with a 3-month operating season and the ever shortening Summer out-of-school season (some school districts in Georgia go back on August 1).
I've said it before, I'll say it again:
If they want a year round market, re-design and re-develop the rest of the down town, keep the Pavilion open longer, and clean up the area. Get rid of the vulgarity found in the shop windows and on the signs, turn the 'head shops' and 'beach bum stores' into more appealing stores, and add some more family geared attractions around the Pavilion. Oh, and redo the Pavilion Arcade.
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