Posted Monday, July 5, 2004 10:03 AM | Contributed by Jeff
Officials are recruiting volunteers to give their opinions on an entertainment hub proposed to replace the Pavilion at Myrtle Beach. The project’s goal is to keep the boulevard awake all year, not just in the summer when the Pavilion is open. The concept threatens a landmark that is nearly synonymous with Myrtle Beach, one that’s greeted tourists for 56 years.
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Were it up to me... I would say bring the neighborhood up to the level of the park ( or knock the neighborhood down and start over), not the other way around. (Okay... I KNOW this is not an option... just making a point).
Agreed about on line petitions. Useless, useless, useless. Sometimes they are looked at as the rantings of the "lunatic / fanatical fringe" (if they are even looked at as well). Were I a "local", I would follow Jeff's advice of going to council or zoning meetings.
I'm not just doing the Petition just to do it, but I am also in touch with locals and tourism companies to get people to support the cause as well. I agree, SLFake, the neighborhood is what is really the problem here. If the downtown revitalization project would clean up the stores and store fronts, families would flock down there, but everyone I know goes elsewhere to shop and play(Broadway @ the Beach & Barefoot Landing) because you don't see vulgar pix/language etc. in the window fronts and everything is clean.
I feel they are really on the verge of making a big mistake. I'm working up a presentation for the city council right now. I'm not really into this because of some attachment to the park, If they were going to put rides down town and move the Pavilion out by Kings Highway and expand, that would be a good thing to an extent(I personally would rather it stay, but I wouldn't be so involving myself to fight that...), but The only reason people(besides us club goers) go downtown anymore is for Ripley's stuff and the Pavilion. I really don't think they're looking @ this logically. Clean up the area around the Pavilion and add Year Round attracitons in some of the vacant shops and buildings(plenty there, trust me), and leave the Pavilion there for another 50+ years.
As many times I visited Myrtle Beach, like most other tourists, it was always in the summer. I've never been there during the winter or slow months. People that live down there year-round describe the entire Grand Strand area, not just the Pavilion boulevard, is like a ghost town during the off season. Myrtle Beach really has a small population, and I don't see the feasibility of constructing another shopping complex with Boradway at the Beach and Barefoot Landing nearby.
I do get your point, Jeff, and wasn't taking anything as against me:). Hope I didn't come off as sounding hostile, that wasn't my intentions what so ever. I am planning to go down there and fight this and be heard. I'm also hoping to find some supporters in the area that can keep being heard till I do finally move down there(been planning to move for years, now it is within a 1 year timetable because I may actually have a job to give me the funds to move). I'd actually really like to organize an event @ the Pavilion for a weekend to show support early next spring(if its not too late).
jkpark, what you are saying is somewhat true. Myrtle Beach's Ocean Blvd. is fairly dead when Memorial Day hits. I went in Oct. of 2002 and it was nice becuase it was 80* and not crowded. But don't let that fool you. Barefoot Landing and Broadway @ the Beach were still bringing them in, and Downtown was far from Ghost Town on the weekends. But there was a different kind of crowd. Older people, Older families, and Older Parents with childeren. I'm talking older as in late 20's to early 60's.
I think that if they would attack the down town area and make it more like Chicago's Miracle Mile, turning all the stores and vacant buildings that are not doing good, or are under new people every year, etc. into stores like GAP, Limited, Abercrombie & Fitch, SAKs Fifth Ave., Hollister, Ralph Lauren, Tommy, etc.... that are open all year, clean up the Blvd. into a much more eye appealing place(just paving streets, adding brick work, and making a park isn't enough. The store fronts need to be spruced up and the Vulgar Shirts/Towels/Posters put in the backs of those stores), and get rid of some of the Head Shops(though not all, that would kinda defeat the purpos), then it would work.
BUT KEEP THE PAVILION WHERE IT IS! Don't break something your trying to fix that wasn't broken in the fist place! There are plenty of places down there that all of this stuff could go! Put that Coaster over by the beach weaving in and out of buildings! Straighten up the Gay Dolphin! It could be so much better if only they would think this thru more. I'm not just saying this now, I've been saying it for years. There are motels across the street from the beach that I'm sure would sell out to companies to be turned into something better. They've all had vacancies anytime I've been there, which is every month in the summer, including senior week, spring break, spring & fall Bike rallies, etc. I've been saying this for years, hoping they would do soemthing, and when they finally start to "Revitalize Downtown", I was happy. Til I heard this....
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