Former Myrtle Beach mayor files demolition permit for old Hard Rock Park land

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MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WBTW) – The property that was once Hard Rock Park and then Freestyle Music Park has a new owner – former Myrtle Beach Mayor John Rhodes.

Rhodes filed for a demolition permit on Monday, according to Horry County records. The park property, about 125 acres off George Bishop Parkway, was purchased on Dec. 28 by FTPP Bishop Parkway LLC, which records indicate is owned by Rhodes, for $3,545,000.

Rhodes told News13 he does not know what he wants to do with the property, but he was adamant “It will not be another amusement park.”

Rhodes said he will entertain thoughts and ideas from anyone who has them for how to develop the property and could even sell the property once it’s cleaned up to make a profit.

The land is zoned “PDD,” planned development districts, which gives developers a lot of flexibility.

Hard Rock Park first opened in May 2008. But by the end of September 2008, entities within the investment and ownership of the park had filed for bankruptcy. New owners opened the park under another name in early 2009, but after one season it never reopened.

Rhodes said he has been working to purchase the property for about four years. Other potential buyers or investors were also interested during this time, he said, but would keep backing out. Eventually, the owners got tired of the back-and-forth and gave him a deal, Rhodes said.

Rhodes has no timeline for development, but said he has cleared the weeds and overgrowth and is now cleaning out the interior.

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