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SC - South Carolina House passes S.40 beach parking rule change, bill heads to Governor

A bill changing beach parking rules was passed in the South Carolina House of Representatives Thursday and will head to the office of the Governor.

COLUMBIA, S.C. (WCIV) — A bill changing beach parking rules was passed in the South Carolina House of Representatives Thursday and will head to the office of the Governor.

The bill would give the state department of transportation greater control over parking regulations along state-maintained roads, particularly in seaside beach communities.

S.40 also says parking along state-owned roads shall be free on all barrier islands, with SCDOT solely in charge of making rules to restrict parking along the state-owned public rights-of-way in these oceanfront towns and cities.

The bill would also direct any money made from paid parking to the local municipality for beach nourishment, construction of additional parking, beach access upkeep, maintenance, and other general costs.

“The bill does strike a balance between the need of the rest of the state to access the beach, but also recognizes the certain impacts to the beach front communities that must be addressed,” Sen. Larry Grooms, a Berkeley County Republican who authored S.40, told ABC 4 News in March after it was passed in the South Carolina Senate.

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