The search is on for a parking consultant in North Myrtle Beach

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    NORTH MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) – The search is on for a parking consultant in North Myrtle Beach.

    Leaders say that person will help the city come up with short- and long-term parking plans. The city sent out a request for a proposal (RFP) on Thursday.

    City spokesman Pat Dowling said they expect all responses in by Aug. 24 and they’ll chose a consultant by mid-September.

    Dowling said they’re hoping the consultant will begin working by the first of October. He added the South Carolina Department of Transportation, businesses, and the community will all be involved in the process.

    According to the RFP, some of the items of interest are inventory of public beach parking, limited sight distances at intersections and driveways due to on-street parking, and preliminary analysis of the feasibility of implementing paid parking.

    “We’d like the short-term plan by the summer, the long-term plan might be more complicated because not only should it identify phases of implementation but it’s going to depend whether or not it makes funding,” said Dowling.

    The city spokesman said when the consultant is hired, the city will hold vision workshops so the community can give their ideas for parking solutions. He added there is a cost for the consultant but the city is not releasing that information yet.

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