Conway’s plan to streamline rules for parking and housing around Coastal Carolina University met some resistance from nearby homeowners this week.
Neighbors packed Monday’s city council meeting to complain about enforcement of the current Horry County policy, which limits the number of unrelated residents living in a house to the number of bedrooms and restricts parking between the hours of 11 p.m. and 8 a.m. Residents contend it’s pointless for Conway to adopt the same rules unless the city is willing to hold students and landlords to those standards. Local officials admit they’ve struggled with that task.
“It’s a failure,” said Sandra Mishoe, a retired Coastal staffer who lives beside a home rented to college students. “The last time that the owner of that home had students leave, he moved out seven sofas, meaning seven people lived in that home. And we know it because we could see them out our second floor [window]. Now the police are very responsive, the county and Coastal, but when we have to call them constantly, we don’t rest. … If you adopt what we have, I don’t think you’re going to like it.”