Mayor Marilyn Hatley of North Myrtle Beach Speaks Out Against Offshore Drilling

During a February 13 press conference in Columbia, S.C., organized by Oceana, the world’s largest international ocean conservation and advocacy organization, North Myrtle Beach Mayor Marilyn Hatley joined local and state legislators and citizens from Greenville to Charleston in speaking out against offshore drilling.

In her speech Mayor Hatley said that she opposes seismic air gun testing and oil and gas exploration and drilling in the ocean off the coast of North Myrtle Beach and South Carolina because the slight and speculative benefit that would likely accrue to the global energy market from such activity is not worth the potential for a single incident that could cripple local and statewide economies, and ruin natural resources.

Mayor Hatley said domestic travelers spend more than $12 billion in South Carolina each year, with a total annual economic impact of about $20 billion. Tourism sustains more than 116,000 jobs statewide, and generates more than $485 million in state and local taxes. Visitor spending on the Grand Strand (Horry and Georgetown Counties combined) totals more than $7 billion annually and supports more than 83,000 jobs, an impressive 80% of which are year-round. More than 17 million people visit the grand strand annually, representing 37% of tourism’s statewide economic impact.

“The City of North Myrtle Beach works hard to protect and preserve its 9 miles of beautiful beaches and our other natural resources for the enjoyment of current and future generations of residents and visitors,” Mayor Hatley said. “Preserving these natural attributes is essential to our healthy economy and to our quality of life.”

Following her speech, Mayor Hatley joined other state and local legislators, including South Carolina Congressman Mark Sanford, State Representative Greg Duckworth, and State Senator Luke Rankin, at a rally at the State Capitol building in opposition to offshore drilling.

The North Myrtle Beach City Council has passed a resolution against offshore drilling and the Council recently resolved to join a proposed lawsuit with other South Carolina coastal communities initiated by the South Carolina Environmental Law Project (SCELP) opposing seismic air gun testing and oil and gas exploration and drilling off the North Myrtle Beach/South Carolina Coast.

North Myrtle Beach City Applies for Permit to Accomplish Additional Dune Restoration Work

The City of North Myrtle Beach has applied to the South Carolina Department of Health & Environmental Control’s Office of Ocean & Coastal Resource Management (OCRM) for authorization under OCRM General Permit 17-SMD to place sand excavated from an inland source onto the dune system fronting the Atlantic Ocean between 41stAvenue South and 45thAvenue South, between 37th Avenue North and 42nd Avenue North, and between 61st Avenue North and 63rdAvenue North in North Myrtle Beach.

The City is nearing completion of a previously permitted dune restoration project from 45th Avenue South to 48th Avenue South and from 42nd Avenue North to 55th Avenue North.

Sand used in the second dune restoration project will come from the same dredging spoils basin located on Little River Neck Road that supplied sand for the first project. Sand currently in the spoils basin is from the Cherry Grove dredging project. Prior to dredging the canals, sand located in the canals was tested and found to be compatible with existing dune and beach sand. The City must remove all of the sand from the spoils basin. Since some sand will still remain in the basin after the first dune restoration project is complete, the City has opted to continue to utilize the remaining sand for more dune restoration.

As with the initial dune restoration project, street trucks will haul sand from the spoils basin to the beach where off-road vehicles will carry the sand along the beach to the dune line. From there, bulldozers will work to achieve the desired dune berm configuration, which is about 7 feet high, 35 feet wide at the base, and 20 feet wide at the top. Over time, wind, rain, and tides will reshape the sand to a more natural looking dune.

There may be some intermittent closures of sections of beach, particularly when the tide is high.

The project focuses on protecting exposed oceanfront structures from storm surge.

Following the reconstruction of dunes, sand fencing will be installed along the dunes and beach grass will be planted.

The Humane Society of North Myrtle Beach Offers "Macaroni Mania" on February 17, 11am-4 pm at the North Myrtle Beach Park & Sports Complex

The Humane Society of North Myrtle Beach invites you to enjoy Macaroni Mania on Saturday, February 17, 11am-4pm
 at the North Myrtle Beach Park & Sports Complex.

Proceeds from the family-friendly event will benefit The Humane Society of North Myrtle Beach Building Fund.

Macaroni Mania offers a macaroni cook-off between various area restaurants, including Midtown Bistro, Benito’s, The Main Slice, Wild Wings Café, Logan’s Roadhouse, Mellow Mushroom, Snooky’s, Brisket, Greg Norman’s Australian Grille, and Longbeard’s Bar & Grill. For a small donation you can sample macaroni dishes created by the restaurants.

Macaroni Mania will also feature live entertainment from the local band, "Cornbread", plus children’s activities, a petting zoo, raffles, auctions, and an adult beverage garden.

Dogs from The Humane Society of North Myrtle Beach and other local shelters and animal rescue organizations will be available for adoption.

The Humane Society of North Myrtle Beach is located at 409 Bay Street, North Myrtle Beach, SC 29582.

Results - February 5 North Myrtle Beach City Council Meeting

Prior to the start of the February 5 North Myrtle Beach City Council meeting, City Council met in an executive session that included the following agenda items (no action taken):
-- A legal briefing to discuss Brandon Mykal Cook vs the City of North Myrtle Beach

-- A legal briefing to discuss Martin and Rhonda Ottoway vs the City of North Myrtle Beach, Et Al

-- Potential litigation in conjunction with other S.C. coastal municipalities and the S.C. Environmental Law Project in opposition to offshore seismic testing and oil and gas exploration

-- Interview of potential candidates for the position of North Myrtle Beach municipal judge

City Council received an update on the activities of North Myrtle Beach Tree City Board from Chairman Tom Walker.

City Council reappointed Tom Walker to serve on the Tree City Board.

City Council approved a special event permit for the St. Patrick’s Day Festival, March 17, 11:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. on Main Street. The North Myrtle Beach Parks & Recreation Department manages the festival.

The St. Patrick’s Day Parade, managed by the North Strand Optimist Club, precedes the festival from 9:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m. on Main Street. City Council approved a special permit for the parade during its January 8 meeting.

City Council approved a Resolution allowing the City to join a proposed lawsuit with other S.C. coastal communities initiated by the South Carolina Environmental Law Project (SCELP) opposing off shore seismic testing and oil and gas exploration. SCELP will file the lawsuit and will represent the City regarding the lawsuit at no charge.

The purpose of the proposed lawsuit is to oppose the issuance of permits by the federal government for seismic air gun testing and oil and gas exploration and drilling off the coast of North Myrtle Beach/Horry County and other South Carolina coastal communities.

City Council approved first reading of an ordinance toannex lands totaling about 0.40 acres identified by TMS # 144-06-03-019 and or PIN # 356-01-01-0014. The lot is currently unincorporated and zoned RE-1 (Neighborhood Retail Services District) by Horry County. The petition also reflects the requested City of North Myrtle Beach zoning district of R-1 (Single Family Residential Low Density).

Property owners Robert and Deena Shartzer have petitioned the City to annex the land, currently occupied by an existing single-family home. Surrounding land uses are highway commercial and mobile/manufactured home residential within the adjacent city parcels, and highway commercial and  residential district MSF 10 within the adjacent unincorporated county parcels. Upon annexation, the parcel would be designated R-1 (Single-Family Residential Low-Density).

City Council passed first reading of an ordinance for a zoning map amendment to apply the Small Lot Outdoor Living Overlay Zone to the Timber Ridge Village Neighborhood.

Due to support from the residents of the Timber Ridge Village neighborhood, the Planning Department has initiated a request to apply the Small Lot Outdoor Living Overlay Zone to the 154 lots of the Timber Ridge subdivision. Except for two undeveloped lots and three common area lots, all lots feature single-family homes.

The purpose and intent of the Small Lot Outdoor Living Overlay Zone is to permit owners of small parcels in the R-3 zoning district to utilize outdoor space by constructing unenclosed decks or porches, whether covered or uncovered, to within five feet of property lines. When considering requests for application of this overlay, the average lot sizes of the surrounding neighborhood are considered. Prime candidates for the use of this overlay include neighborhoods with a predominance of lot sizes that are at and/or sometimes below the minimum size for the underlying district.

The subdivision is bordered by a mobile home park to the west (R-3 Mobile/Manufactured Home Residential District), the Grand Strand Airport to the north (LI Limited Industrial District), the North Village Shopping Center to the south (Highway Commercial District), and single­-family homes to the east across 33rd Avenue South (R-1 Single-Family Residential Low-Density District).

City Council passed a Resolution approving a pre-annexation agreement for Lot 32B Riverside Drive. Property owners Brian and Anne Dushanko have requested water and sewer service for their residence at Lot 32B on Riverside Drive. The property is not contiguous to the city limit, and the Dushankos have filed a petition for annexation and zoning designation as R-1 (Single-Family Residential Low Density) when the property does become contiguous to the city's corporate boundary.

The property owners have signed a pre-annexation agreement that would require them to complete the annexation process when possible, but would allow them to receive city water and sewer service in the interim. While the property remains outside the city limits the property owners will pay outside water and sewer rates, which are higher than rates paid by customers located within the city limits. The property owners have also paid toward the extension of City water and sewer service to their property.

City Council passed first reading of an ordinance to approve a Franchise Agreement between the City of North Myrtle Beach and Business Telecom LLC. The proposed franchise between the City and Business Telecom, LLC, (BT) authorizes BT to install and maintain its lines, wires, cables, conduits and other facilities within the public rights of way (ROW) within the city. The initial term of the agreement is for 10 years. Thereafter, the City will have the option to renew the agreement for three additional five-year terms. BT would pay the City is a $750 annual franchise fee, which is set by the South Carolina Code of Laws for municipalities with a population between 10,001 and 25,000 people. 

Chick-fil-A North Myrtle Beach Partners with North Myrtle Beach Public Safety Department to Raise Funds for Special Olympics South Carolina

Chick-fil-A North Myrtle Beach (690 Highway 17 North) will host a three-day“Cops on the Coop” fundraiser fromThursday, March 29 to Saturday, March 31 in support of the South Carolina Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics South Carolina. The event is in partnership with the North Myrtle Beach Department of Public Safety, which will be collecting donations outside and inside the restaurant.

Anyone who donates $20 or more will receive a 2018 Law Enforcement Torch Run T-Shirt and a digital offer card for a free Chick-fil-A Chicken Sandwich. Funds from this event will go towards the North Myrtle Beach Department of Public Safety’s total donation goal of $100,000 for Special Olympics South Carolina for 2018.

“We are proud to partner with the North Myrtle Beach Public Safety Department to host the Cops on the Coop fundraiser for Special Olympics South Carolina,” said Jeff Cash, franchise operator of Chick-fil-A North Myrtle Beach.

“We greatly appreciate Chick-fil-A North Myrtle Beach’s support for this great cause,” said North Myrtle Beach Public Safety Director Jay Fernandez.


Thursday, March 29 to Saturday, March 31 - Restaurant open to close


Chick-fil-A North Myrtle Beach, 690 Highway 17 North, North Myrtle Beach, SC 29582


CFA Media Hotline: 800-404-7196              
Twitter: @ChickfilANews                                   


Sergeant John Griffin
North Myrtle Beach Department of Public Safety
Cell Phone: 843-458-8101

White Point Swash Project Update

Horry County, the Town of Briarcliffe Acres, and the City of North Myrtle Beach have been involved in a lengthy period of pre-application consultation with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers regarding a desire to realign the outlet of White Point Swash and to dredge material blocking water flow in the basin. Recent hurricanes and other storms affected the swash outlet and basin. 

The Corps has informed the jurisdictions that they must submit a full individual wetland permit application for the proposed project.

Horry County’s wetland permitting consultant has submitted the application to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers on behalf of the Town of Briarcliffe Acres (the lead applicant) for the proposed work.

The application will go through a joint federal-state review process, which will take at least six months. The process could take longer if any commenting agencies have significant concerns about the proposed project. At the very least, an approved permit would come with conditions limiting or prohibiting construction during sea turtle nesting season May through October.

If a permit is given, it would be a 10-year federal permit and a 5-year renewable state permit so that future realignment work occurs through notification, instead of another permit approval process.

The jurisdictions are hopeful permit approval would occur in the late summer or early fall of 2018, allowing work to occur during winter 2018-2019. The Town of Briarcliffe Acres, Horry County and the City of North Myrtle Beach would pay for the work.

Last Call - Register Now For January 23 - March 13 North Myrtle Beach Ocean Rescue Junior Lifeguard Program

Last call to register for the city's January 23-March 13Ocean Rescue Junior Lifeguard program. All classes are at the North Myrtle Beach Aquatic & Fitness Center.

The program focuses on people ages 10-15 who enjoy the beach and ocean, and who would like to develop ocean lifeguard skills. For successful participants, the program can also offer a path to eventual seasonal employment as one of the city's Ocean Lifeguards (age 16-plus).

The North Myrtle Beach Public Safety Department sponsors the program and Beach Patrol Officers teach the classes. Several trained and experienced Ocean Lifeguards also assist in teaching the program.

Participants engage in fun physical exercises that encourage them to work in teams, build confidence, and learn lifesaving skills.


Pretest - January 20, 3:00 p.m. 
Pretest at the North Myrtle Beach Aquatic & Fitness Center. Those who have not previously completed the program and do not participate on a swim team will perform a 50-yard (two laps in the pool) swim test. Participants do not have to be fast swimmers but they must demonstrate that they are comfortable in the water in order to ensure a safe and fun learning environment.

ALL LESSONS 6:30 p.m.-8:15 p.m.

Lesson 1 - January 23
Welcome and Orientation, Recognizing Emergencies, Victim Recognition, Lifeguard
Lesson 2 - January 25
Knowing your Environment, RID Factor, Surveillance and Scanning, Throwing Assists
Lesson 3 - January 30
General Procedures, Entering the Water, Entries and Approaches
Lesson 4 - February 1
Procedures for an Emergency, Primary Assessment
Lesson 5 - February 6
Emergency Action Plan, Rescues at or Near the Surface
Lesson 6 - February 8
Educating Others, Conflict Resolution, FIND Model, Injury Prevention, Submerged Victim Shallow Water
Lesson 7 - February 13
Walking Assist, Two Person Removal from Water, Escapes
Lesson 8 - February 15
Conscious Choking, Ventilations, Unconscious Choking
Lesson 9 - February 20
The Cardiac Chain, Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation, Using an Automated External Defibrillator
Lesson 10 - February 22
Facility Safety Check, Preparation for Shadowing, Currents
Lesson 11 - February 27
Handling Difficult Situations, Aquatic Hazards
Lesson 12 - March 1
First Aid, Secondary Assessment
Lesson 13 - March 6
Head, Neck and Back Injuries
Lesson 14 - March 8
Survival Floating, Preparation for Shadowing, Skills Review
Lesson 15 - March 13
Course Review, Written Assessment, Final Skills

The cost for the program is $25, which includes a backpack, rash-guard swim shirt, and a Junior Lifeguard manual.

Register for the Junior Lifeguard Program at the North Myrtle Beach Aquatic & Fitness Center, 1100 2nd Avenue South.

To learn more about the program, call Lifeguard Coordinator May Lauzon at (843) 503-3086.