Myrtle Beach plans to spruce up corridor

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MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (AP) — Some people say Myrtle Beach doesn’t make a good first impression, even though the area is the heart of South Carolina’s $15 billion tourism industry.

The Sun News of Myrtle Beach reports a city committee met for the first time Wednesday to work on sprucing up the entrance to the city. That area stretches along U.S. 501 between the Intracoastal Waterway and the city limits.

The road has abandoned buildings and other unsightly areas. The committee will develop guidelines for standards for new construction as well as trees, signs and lighting.

City planning director Jack Walker says the panel can make a lasting contribution for generations to come.

The rules would not affect businesses now in operation but would apply to new businesses and future construction.
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