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Boycott in silent protest!

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Boycott in silent protest!

I spent every summer of my entire childhood and most of my adulthood vacationing at Myrtle Beach. I've been out of the country several times and to many different locations that not only have beautiful azure waters and powdery white sand, but tropical surroundings and beautiful archeticture, but I always went back to Myrtle Beach out of wonderful memories. Now that they've torn down the Pavilion I will NEVER go back. I have such fond memories of my parents taking me there to play and of the amusement park...now it's all gone...and so is my Dad. I don't think I could bare to see that big empty hole or the commercialism of the new condos and shops that will take the place of that historic and beloved old Pavilion. I'm so glad I have the pictures in my head and on paper to remember it by. I know it was special to a lot of people but I suppose you would have to be a lifelong visitor to the area to completely understand my views.

OK...I feel better now.

Liza

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Liza I understand how difficult it is to go back to a place you spent time with your dad when he is no longer with you.

My mom used to own a place in Kingston Plantation and after she died we thought we could never go back.

Fate stepped in and we returned.

Whenever we walk by where her condo used to be we smile and thank her for making it possible for us to take our kids to the beach. Our oldest son chose to get married in Myrtle Beach last summer because of those special memories of his grandmother.

We now own a place in Kingston and our children will continue the tradition of making wonderful beach memories.

I thank my mom for that.

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Hello, I don't know if you are aware of it or not but they have place over at Broadway At The Beach called "Pavillion Nostoliga Park". I was there in Feb. it was quite nice. They had a carosel, one of those big swing rides, a large pirate ship that went high in the air and back and forth and lot's of kiddie rides plus an arcade. The kids I saw there were enjoying themselves. I know it's not on the same scale as the Pavillion was but at least it's something. And if you are looking for big rides The new Hard Rock Park should handle that need.

Hope this helps.

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I think we were all shocked and saddened over the loss of the Pavilion. It was so authentically Myrtle Beach that saying goodbye to it was like saying goodbye to a friend you knew and loved. Nothing can ever truly replace it.

As much as it pains us all to really admit, the Pavilion's time was past. Cookie cutter entertainment complexes such as BATB are what people are attracted to now. I hate it because I feel that with the passing of the Pavilion Myrtle Beach has lost a lot of the beach town flavor it had, but I understand the decision.

The old girl had a long and glorious life and I believe we'll all forever cherish the memories we had with her. And I am glad to see that parts of her do still live on in the Pavilion Nostalgia park.

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Lizaj, and everyone else....I feel the same way. We used to go every summer when I was little. We stayed in a little motel just one block down from the Gay Dolphin. We could walk to the Pavillion every evening. It was such fun...and oh...the memories. My Dad is gone too....(he loved MB, the Pavillion and the ocean I think more than any of us)

In my early married years we went to NC beaches. Then one year when our kids were a little older, we decided to take them to MB. Imagine my surprise when I saw that the old motel was still there! It was roped off for demolition..but I walked around the grounds, (even picked up a piece of siding as a souvenier)LOL. My kids didn't get the same pleasure out of the Pavillion or that area, (or the German Organ which was my Mom's favorite) that I did...but at least I got to share some of my childhood memories with them. We have not been back since they tore down the Pavillion. But thank goodness for the pictures, in hand and in my head, that I have of that area. A new generation is vacationing there now....making new memories of their own, to share with their kids later in their lives.

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I also use to go to the Pavillion when I was a young girl. We use to lie about our ages and say we where 13 when we were only 11 to the cute boys we met there.

I learned to play pool there and we ate the best icecream there too.

When I made my plans for vacation this year to take my 2 year old I was so excited to take him to the Pavillion! Then I heard it was no longer there. I was so sad about it! But then I realized I have to make new memories with my son for him to remember. Things in life change and sometimes we have to learn to change with it. I bet you have other wonderful memories of Myrtle Beach other than the Pavillion that you can still revisit.

How about the Beach itself! I always remember Myrtle Beach beaches being so beautiful. It has been a long time since I have been there and I can't wait to visit again with or with out the Pavillion.

By the way it is funny about life because now I lie about my age and say I am a couple of years YOUNGER than I actually am, LOL!

I wish you the best!

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Hey guys,

Wow I loved all the responses. After I wrote that I thought "Whoops, I'm going to take some heat for that one"...but I'm so glad to see that you all feel pretty much the same way. I think everyone was sad to see the Pavilion go, maybe even the owners. I also was married in Myrtle Beach because of all the wonderful memories my family had of the area. There are definitely more exotic, tropical places to get married but MB has always held a special place in my heart. The issue is so much bigger than the Pavilion and the park...it's the idea that because something is old it has to go. Where was the historical society, if the Pavilion couldn't get that designation then I don't think anything in the area could. What happened to preserving a little of our past? Does everything have to be brand new? It won't be long till MB is the new Miami with all the cranes dotting the skylines. Maybe we should have had the Savannah historical society help out, they seem to have done an excellent job of keeping the history of their city alive and well. I also like Broadway at the Beach, I've been hundreds of times but it doesn't take the place of the charm of yesteryear that the Pavilion provided. I keep thinking "where will everyone go now, and where is the center of town". Think about all those kids who will never get the chance to "cruise" the strip, yell at the girls (or boys...oh yeah, I definitely lied about my age too while there...also doing the opposite now...LOL) and all of us who will never again sit on the benches atop the Pavilion and watch the cars go by, it's just very sad. MB used to be the "working man's" vacation hotspot but I'm sure there are people who can no longer afford that area. I'm so blessed to have the memories I have but I really don't care to spend my vacation dollars in a city that has no regard for the popular opinion and only cares about the almighty dollar...I mean come on, how much money do they need, they own most of MB now. Think of the tax break that would have come from turning it over to the state and designating it a historical landmark. I understand business is business but the Pavilion was special to everyone and they knew razing it would be an unpopular decision. What a great story about the Kingston Plantation and your Mom. I'm so glad that worked out for you guys. I just can't bring myself to see what will be there next, I want to keep my memories as they were. Although it will be hard to stay completly away from the area because my husband's parents live in NMB. It's just my choice but I will never drive down Ocean Ave. again. Other than going to different Caribbean locations we've now chosen Tybee Island for our new "close" vacation spot. It's very laid back and low key....most likely the way MB was 40 or 50 years ago. Sorry to ramble but it truly breaks my heart that the small town charm of MB is now lost forever. What's next...the old OD pavilion? I sure hope not. Thanks for all the responses..by the way, right before it was torn down we went down and took lots of pics of both the Pavilion and the park. They are so precious to me now. Hope my pc never crashes...LOL. Thanks for letting me vent.

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I understand why they did away with the amusement park itself but found it really surprising that they tore down the landmark oceanfront building. But then again Myrtle Beach is not known for preservation of their historical properties (e.g. Ocean Forest Hotel).

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You're absolutely right Kitten, that's why I said they need help from the Savannah Historical Society....otherwise known as the Savannah HYSTERICAL Society. I admit you can take things a little too far, but you can also be neglient in preserving the past. What will future generations have to remember about MB now....Hard Rock, the beach? You can find these types of places anywhere. I love the beach but we have to be honest here...there are thousands of beaches much prettier than Myrtle...we went there because of the memories.

There's nothing to do about it now but I sure will miss the old girl. I bought a numbered painting of the Pavilion a few years ago at an art gallery in Little River and it is one of my most prized possessions....especially now.

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I personally do not miss the pavillion at all, it was nothing but a magnent for undesireables, nothing like it was 20 or 30 yrs ago. No matter what time of day we drove by there were always groups of kids just hanging around.

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hart 1 said: No matter what time of day we drove by there were always groups of kids just hanging around.

hart1...no disrespect....but groups of kids have been hanging around the pavilion since it was built!

How did you come to the conclusion they were "undesirables"? How did you tell, while driving by, the difference between ordinary teenagers and trouble makers?

If it was indeed "undesirables", don't you think the most logical solution would have been to beef up patrols and keep the pedestrian traffic moving in front of the pavilion to assure it stayed a family-friendly place to visit. I'm sure the vast majority of us hung out at the pavilion as teenagers. I hope I wasn't considered an undesirable because I was doing what normal teens do: lying about my age and flirting with boys. Surely if you are a born and bred Carolinian you don't think the Pavilion should have been torn down for that reason....it was torn down for one reason and one reason only....because it sat on valuable OF property. It was much more lucrative for the owners to sell the land than to keep and maintain the pavilion and park.

Geez, If we tore down every place undesirables congregrated we would barely have any structures left in the entire US.