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Myrtle Beach City Council expresses concern over temporary carnival on former Pavilion Site

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"Most people felt that being able to come here for three months and cherry pick those great three months we're all here for, it's not fair to the people that are here year round," said Chris Walker, president of the Ocean Front Merchants Association and owner of Mad Myrtles ice creamery.  

Walker said the businesses were not in favor of the temporary carnival, based in Florida, coming to the former pavilion site this summer.

"You know, it's hard to tell people you have to wait through September through may through those bad months just for those good months and then just let someone else come in and do just that," Walker said.

Walker said the businesses in the association are not anti ride or anti competition. He said they just want the community to benefit by creating jobs that last year round.

"A temporary carnival may take advantage of the people that are there. [We try to think about if] a carnival is a good mix with what's going on. Zoning is about what goes where and how those things fit together and council is concerned a temporary carnival just won't fit in well in the downtown area," said Mark Kruea, Public Information Officer for the City of Myrtle Beach.  

Kruea said the current zoning for the former Pavilion space does allow for a temporary carnival. But city council has the ability to change the zoning. Kruea said City Council will meet on Tuesday to change the zoning to eliminate a temporary carnival from use in the district where the former Pavilion is located.

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