North Myrtle Beach Election Commission Certifies March 6 Tourism Development Fee Referendum Vote Count

The North Myrtle Beach Election Commission met at North Myrtle Beach City Hall on March 8 at 10:00 a.m. to certify the March 6 Tourism Development Fee referendum vote.

The certified referendum vote count is 188 "YES" votes and 3052 "NO" votes.

The number of "NO" votes increased by two over the March 6 count.

The Election Commission approved two ballots withheld from the March 6 vote count pending review on March 8.

One voter did not have photographic identification on their person at the time of voting due to having misplaced their driver’s license. The voter later provided the required photographic proof and their ballot was reviewed and approved on March 8.

Another voter acquired an absentee ballot to fill out but did not complete or submit the absentee ballot. When they went to vote at their polling place, information showed they had signed up for an absentee ballot. The voter gave the uncompleted absentee ballot to the polling manager and voted by machine, pending review by the Commission on March 8.

The accompanying chart shows the vote as tallied per voting precinct: "ABS"=Absentee, "Failsafe"=The two reviewed and approved ballots, "CB"=Crescent Beach, "CG"=Cherry Grove, "OD"=Ocean Drive, "WH"=Windy Hill.

Carolina Wheelchair Basketball Conference Championship Tournament Set For March 10-11 At The North Myrtle Beach Aquatic & Fitness Center

The Carolina Wheelchair Basketball Conference Championship Tournament (CWBC) will be held March 10-11 at the North Myrtle Beach Aquatic & Fitness Center (1100 Second Avenue South).

The CWBC is comprised of seven teams:

North Carolina Teams
Charlotte Rollin Hornets
Fayetteville Flyers
Port City Spokesman
Triad Trackers
Triangle Thunder

South Carolina Teams
Richland County Recreation Commission Lightening’s
Spartanburg Pistons

The March 10 tip-off is at 9am with the last game beginning at 3:30pm.
The March 11 tip-off is at 9am with the championship game beginning at 12pm.

The games are free and open to the public.

For more information please contact Melinda Chappell at 843-280-5632 

Change in Dates for Ocean Boulevard Lane Closures in Area of Tilghman Beach & Golf Resort

Due to a forecast for high wind and rain, the Ocean Boulevard lane closures originally scheduled for March 6 and 7 in the area of Tilghman Beach & Golf Resort have beenchanged to March 13 and 14.

The southbound lanes on Ocean Boulevard between Shorehaven Drive and 18th Avenue North will be closed between 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. on March 13 and 14 as Tilghman Beach & Golf Resort completes work on their building. The work involves the use of a crane that will be situated in the southbound lanes. All lanes will be open to traffic overnight.

There will be a detour in place using Sea Mountain Highway westbound to Highway 17 southbound and then to 11th Avenue North eastbound in order to reach Ocean Boulevard south of 18th Avenue North.

14 Residents Graduate From 2018 City of North Myrtle Beach Citizens Academy

During their March 5 meeting, the North Myrtle Beach City Council recognized the graduates of the 2018 North Myrtle Beach Citizens Academy.

Receiving graduation certificates were North Myrtle Beach residents Deborah Anzelc, Ken Anzelc, Roger Bonner, Paul Carver, Robert Clark, Scott Ellis, David Hendrickson, James Hovanec, Ricky Martin, Sheila Martin, Bob Moss, Jimmy Payne, Roger Quinn, and Cathy Weis.

The annual Citizens Academy offers North Myrtle Beach residents the opportunity to learn more about how their city functions through presentations by city department heads, discussion of some of the key issues facing the city, and tours of city facilities.

We greatly appreciate the involvement of this year’s Academy graduates!

North Myrtle Beach City Council Recognizes 26 Santee Cooper Employees For Their Voluntary Service to the People of St. Croix

During their March 5 meeting, the North Myrtle Beach City Council recognized 26 Santee Cooper employees from North Myrtle Beach, Conway, Myrtle Beach and Garden City, who voluntarily traveled to St. Croix in the U.S. Virgin Islands with their trucks and other equipment to help restore power lost through the impact of two Category 5 hurricanes.

When they arrived in St. Croix only 18% of the residents had power. While there, the employees worked 12 to 14 hours per day, 7 days a week. When they left St. Croix about 95% of the residents had power.

The employees divided into two groups. The first group departed to St. Croix on November 20, 2017 and returned home December 21. The second group departed on December 20and returned home onJanuary 21. Each group missed spending the holidays with their families and friends but they were willing to make that sacrifice to help the people of St. Croix.

The Santee Cooper employees were Timmy Long, Joe Sawyer, Andol Johnson, Reggie Graves, Larry Hall, Brooks Cribb, Jamie Anderson, Hunter Melton, Blake Ward, Matt Martin, Chase Prince, David Causey, Jerry Holt, Kyle Powell, Logan Sauls, Garrett Gasque, Judson Ward, Donnie Metzger, Chris Osha, Austin Luken, Reggie Davis, Lexie Creel, Chase Woodle, Austin Griswold, James Milton, and Dennis Dutcher.

Mayor Marilyn Hatley also thanked Santee Cooper employees for their dedication to restoring power to North Myrtle Beach as quickly as possible following hurricanes and other storm events.

Little River Fishing Fleet and Coastal Scuba

Happy Spring...feels very much like it here at the beach with temp in the 70's and sunny. Ocean is starting to warm up nicely. We have been running our 3/4 day fishing trips with great success, catching lots of black sea bass and sharks.  

Megalodon Tooth Dive
Megalodon Tooth Dive is on the calendar for March 11th and more are being added so keep an eye on the dive schedule.
Check out our dive schedule at, or call us in the shop if you would like to join us or for more information. 843-361-3323.
The awesome teeth in the pictures are from February 6th and February 23rd.  The bottom temp was 65 and the surface was 70.  Two great days of fossil hunting!

Open Water Certification Classes
Now is a great time to get your Open
Water Certification!!
PADI has made getting your Open Water certification, Advanced Open Water certification and many other specialties quicker and easier than ever before with eLearning options.  Take advantage of these options and get certified or advance your certification this Summer!
Try Diving!
Always wondered what it would be like to breathe underwater?  This is the perfect opportunity for you to see what it's like.  Sign up for a Discover Scuba Diving class, come get in our amazing training pool in full gear to discover how amazing diving is!
We offer the classes year round and it gives you the chance to see if you want to become a PADI Open Water diver. Start your adventure to become a part of the awe-inspiring underwater world.
Gulf Stream Fishing
Our gulf stream trips are a wonderful fit for the avid angler or the beginner angler wanting to "fill the freezer". We are a family friendly company and love to help your family create memories to last a lifetime. Our captains love to put you on the fish! 
We have trips scheduled on:
Friday, March 9th
Sunday, March 18th
Saturday, March 24th
Wednesday, March 28th
Book online at or call 843-361-3323 and our friendly staff will be happy to make your reservation for you.

3/4 Day Fishing
We are currently having great success catching keeper Black Sea Bass and other species on our 3/4 day trips. Give us a call to book a spot, or book online at 

About Little River Fishing Fleet and Coastal Scuba
Little River Fishing Fleet has a fleet of 5 vessels to accommodate groups of every size.  We run trips every day and it's as simple as one phone call to get yourself or a group out for fantastic fishing.  Our captains and mates are FIRST CLASS in customer service.
Coastal Scuba has been a 5 Star PADI Dive Center since 2008 and now is a 5 Star IDC(instructor development center).  If you are looking to advance your Open Water certification toward the professional side we offer Advanced Open Water, Rescue Diver through Open Water Scuba Instructor.  We also offer many specialties for those wanting to obtain Master Scuba Diver.  Continue your diving certification level through Coastal Scuba right here on the Grand Strand!!!

Little River Fishing Fleet/Coastal Scuba
N. Myrtle Beach, South Carolina 29582

Results - City of North Myrtle Beach FY 2019 Budget Retreat

The North Myrtle Beach City Council held its fiscal year 2019 budget retreat meeting February 26-27 at Santee Cooper’s Wampee Conference Center in Pinopolis, SC. 

No final decisions were made regarding the budget.

The city’s fiscal year is July 1-June 30.

The proposed FY 2019 budget involves 16 separate funds with significant interrelations and transfers between the various funds. 

The proposed FY 2019 budget is $96.2 million, about $8 million less than the FY 2018 budget.

First reading of the proposed FY 2019 budget ordinance is tentatively scheduled for theApril 16 City Council meeting.

Potential Property Tax Increase

City Council discussed a proposed property tax increase of between 1 and 2 mills.

The proposed increase is driven by the need for more funding for capital improvement projects; funding a state retirement system-mandated $260,000 increase in the city’s contribution for police and fire retirement funding for FY 2019 (other City employees are not part of the state retirement system); increases in health insurance; and a 4% pay increase for all full-time employees.

In North Myrtle Beach, 1-mill of property tax equals about $375,000 in revenue. A 1-mill property tax increase on a $350,000 home would amount to an increase of $14 annually and a 2-mill property tax increase on a $350,000 home would amount to an increase of $28 annually.

The current North Myrtle Beach property tax rate is 41.3 mills, the lowest in Horry County and one of the lowest in South Carolina. An increase of 1 or 2 mills would increase the property tax rate to 42.3 mills or 43.3 mills, still the lowest in Horry County.

Additionally, 6.2 mills of the city’s current 41.3 mills property tax rate goes to pay down the land purchase/construction bond on the 162-acre North Myrtle Beach Park & Sports Complex. The bond debt will be retired in calendar year 2019 and the city’s property tax rate will then be reduced6.2 mills in FY 2020 to reflect a projected property tax rate of 37.2 mills.

It is interesting to note that in 1986 the City’s property tax rate was 71 mills. Over a period of 32 years, the City’s property tax rate hasdecreased 29.7 mills.

Proposed Adjustment of Business License Fee

City Council reviewed a proposed increase in business license fees.

The City has not adjusted its business license fees since 1986.

The proposal is to adjust business license fees by25% of the differencebetween North Myrtle Beach rates and Myrtle Beach rates.

Example: In the “Building, Auto Parts & Clothing” business license category, the current Myrtle Beach base rate is $105 and the current North Myrtle Beach base rate is $35. The difference between the two rates is $70. 25% of $70=$17.50. Thus, the proposed North Myrtle Beach base rate for this category would change from $35 to a proposed $52.50, still lower than the Myrtle Beach base rate of $105.

Proposed Adjustments of Sewer Base Rate and Volume Charge

Proposed adjustments to the sewer base rate and volume charge would bring sewage revenue in line with sewage expenses. For about 12,660 of the City’s sewer customers, the base rate on a ¾-inch meter would go from $6.32 to a proposed $8.00, plus 7-cents per gallon for 10,000 gallons. The total proposed adjustment would be about $2.38 for the first 10,000 gallons on a ¾-inch meter. Larger meter sizes could realize larger adjustments.

Proposed Solid Waste Fee Adjustment

A $2 per month pass-through-fee increase from the Horry County Solid Waste Authority that the City has delayed passing on to its customers for the past couple of years is included in the proposed FY 2019 budget. A proposed $1 per month fee increase would enable the City to create a long-term program to fund the replacement of roll-out containers as they age out.


-- The proposed FY 2019 Budget includes continuation of localized drainage projects based on priorities established in 2017 by City Council. The $2 million worth of projects extend over several years.

-- Significant proposed water and sewer improvement projects include rehabilitation of the Cherry Grove Water Tank ($1.2 million), improvements to the wastewater treatment plant ($875,000), and sewer pump replacements ($300,000).

-- Continuation of the Cherry Grove Dredging Project is budgeted for FY 2019. Continued payment on the 5-year bond issue for the accomplished first dredge continues, and work will occur on marsh and oyster bed mitigation required as part of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers dredging permit.

-- Proposed transportation improvement priorities include intersection improvements at 2nd Avenue North & Highway 17, and secondary road resurfacing projects. A proposed multipurpose path for Little River Neck Road would currently require a 50/50 funding commitment between the City of North Myrtle Beach and Horry County.

-- The City has accomplished 5.3 miles of underground utility conversion and the FY 2019 budget proposes design and construction of another mile.

-- Replacement of City equipment would continue on a pay-as-you-go basis.

-- Funding for future beach renourishment would come from a portion of the state accommodations tax revenue.

-- City Council reviewed about $3.9 million in proposed FY 2019 accommodations tax revenue expenditures.

City Council also discussed several non-budget items.

Plastic Bag Ban: During a recent City Council meeting, several residents spoke to Council of their desire to see the provision and/or use of plastic bags banned within the city limits. It was determined that the issue be put on the agenda for a future meeting of The Coastal Alliance, which is made up of Horry County and municipal governments. It would be of benefit to the public if all governments within Horry County could find common ground on the issue, as opposed to having different laws within different jurisdictions.

Temporary Business Tents: Some businesses have asked the City to change its ordinance governing the use of temporary tents employed outside qualifying businesses for the sale or display of merchandise. Currently, a qualifying business may set up such a tent for seven days each quarter for a total of 28 days each year, however, they would prefer to have a longer use period during the more active tourism months. Council members asked the city manager and city attorney to create an ordinance for consideration that would allow qualifying businesses to set up temporary tents two times annually, each for a period of 14 days. The two periods would not run concurrently but would be separated by at least 30 days.

Music on Main Concerts:Some businesses on Main Street asked the City to move its Music on Main concerts from Main Street to the Horseshoe on Main Street (oceanfront), so that people can better access their businesses. City Council agreed to move a couple of the Music on Main concerts to the Horseshoe on a trial basis.