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Myrtle Beach ends parking meters for the rest of the year

A civil emergency order issued by Myrtle Beach Wednesday includes the suspension of parking meters for the rest of the year.

“Areas of the county are still dealing with flooding caused by Hurricane Florence, and the order is intended to ease some of those challenges. The goal is to encourage the recovery process,” Myrtle Beach City Manager John Pedersen said in a statement.

The parking charges normally run through the end of October. Downtown and beach parking charges will resume March 1.

In addition, the city canceled water service shut-offs for non-payment during the month of October.

Also, no fees will be charged through Oct. 5 for building permits for storm-related repairs and renovations, although the permits will still be required.

The emergency order now goes to city council for ratification at its next meeting on Oct. 9.

However, the statement said parking meter suspensions begin Thursday, Sept. 26.