Results - July 16 North Myrtle Beach City Council Meeting

Prior to their July 16 meeting, the members of the North Myrtle Beach City Council met in executive session for a legal briefing regarding the City of North Myrtle Beach vs SLF IV/SBI Sandridge LLC, et al Case Number 2017-CP-26-05918. Council took no action.

During the July 16 City Council Meeting, Mayor Marilyn Hatley presented Sheryl Randall with a Proclamation honoring her retirement from Horry County Schools after 30 years of exemplary service. Sheryl also has a long-standing and strong history in the North Myrtle Beach area as an active member of the community.

Sheryl began her service with Horry County Schools in 1988 and served as the North Myrtle Beach Middle School Director of Chorus during her time with that school. Sheryl’s commitment to inspiring each child in her care to develop an understanding and love for music has helped bring the joy of music to many children who would not otherwise have had that opportunity.

Through her own musical performances and those of the North Myrtle Beach Middle School Choir, which she directed, Sheryl shared many wonderful moments with the community.

Sheryl and the North Myrtle Beach Middle School Choir have also played important roles in the annual North Strand Community Prayer & Praise Event.

We wish Sheryl the very best in retirement.

City Council passed first reading of a proposed ordinance amending Chapter 20, Land Development Regulations, of the Code of Ordinances of the City of North Myrtle Beach.

Prior to second (final) reading, City Council will hold a workshop session on the proposed ordinance. The workshop is scheduled for July 24 at 2:00 p.m. at City Hall.

Planning & Development Department staff proposed a text amendment to the Land Development Regulations to address additional points of access into and out of residential subdivisions.

Under the proposed amendment, residential developments containing between 30 and 50 lots or dwelling units would have to provide one separate fire apparatus access road as required by the latest edition of the South Carolina Fire Code, in addition to one improved primary access road.

Residential developments containing between 51 and 249 lots or dwelling units would include a minimum of two improved primary access roads.

Residential developments of 250 or more lots or dwelling units would provide a minimum of three separate and improved primary access roads.

The proposed amendment allows fire apparatus access roads to be located within a private easement but all primary access roads must be located within a public or private right-of-way. In exceptional cases, the City’s Planning Commission may wave requirements.

The Planning Commission conducted a public hearing on June 19 and voted unanimously to recommend approval to City Council. No members of the public commented on the proposed additional accesses.

City Council passed first reading of an ordinance to adopt the proposed 2018 Comprehensive Plan.

The South Carolina Local Government Comprehensive Planning Enabling Act of 1994 requires local governments that adopt land use controls such as zoning and subdivision/land development regulations to develop and maintain a planning process. One aspect of this process is adoption of a comprehensive plan every 10 years to provide the vision directing and planning the future of the community. The Planning Commission prepares this document and reviews the comprehensive plan at least once every five years.

The nine elements required by the State for inclusion in the City’s comprehensive plan are population, economic development, natural resources, cultural resources, community facilities, housing, land use, transportation, and priority investment. The community facilities, housing, land use, and priority investment elements are required components of the comprehensive plan and provide legal support for the City's land development and zoning regulations.

The Planning Commission, assisted by staff, has been working on the re-evaluation and update of the comprehensive plan since the spring of 2015. The community participated in this process in two phases. Seamon Whiteside and Urban Edge Studio led the first phase and Stantec the second. The first phase occurred in May of 2015, focusing on interactive stakeholder meetings. Stantec held stakeholder meetings in May 2016 and focused on collaborative design work.

The Planning Commission and City Council conducted a joint June 21, 2017 workshop to review the draft comprehensive plan. The Planning Commission unanimously adopted a resolution recommending that City Council adopt the 2018 comprehensive plan at its June 19, 2018 meeting.

To view or download the proposed 2018 Comprehensive Plan, which offers many explanatory photos and graphics, and look under “Press Releases.”

During the public comment portion of the meeting, Mayor Hatley informed those in attendance that City Council will hold a July 30, 2:00 p.m. workshop at City Hall to discuss plastics bags and a variety of ordinances enacted by other cities to ban them from their beaches. Some members of the public have asked Council to consider such a ban.

Mayor Hatley indicated that, if after considerable study the City were to head down that road, it would most likely be in a gradual or phased-in manner, so that businesses would have time to adjust financially, residents and visitors would have time to become familiar with a new process, the Police Department would have time to determine how to enforce such a law along with all of the other beach-related laws it is expected to enforce, and other impacts could be understood and accounted for.

Although the public can attend City Council workshops, they are not public hearings. Workshops are intended for Council members to be able to discuss among themselves key issues that require more time than regular meetings allow. If there is time toward the end of a workshop, the Mayor may call on members of the public for their comments.

Traffic Plan & Reminders For the July 4th Fireworks Show at Cherry Grove Pier in North Myrtle Beach

People who go to the July 4th professional fireworks show at the Cherry Grove Pier should be aware of the following:

-- Show starts at 9:30 p.m. and ends at 10:00 p.m.

-- Operating a golf cart after dark is prohibited.

-- The sale, possession or use of fireworks in the city limits of North Myrtle Beach is prohibited. (The Cherry Grove Pier fireworks display is a permitted professional event.)

-- During the fireworks show, the 3500 block of North Ocean Boulevard (area where Cherry Grove Pier is located) is closed.

-- NEW: Parking is not allowed in the median on Ocean Boulevard.

As has been the case in years past, immediately following the fireworks show public safety personnel will initiate a reverse traffic pattern in Cherry Grove in order to accommodate the large number of vehicles leaving the Cherry Grove area. During traffic reversal the following will occur:

-- Ocean Boulevard traffic will not turn on to Sea Mountain Highway but will move northbound and southbound only.

-- Motorists will access Highway 17 North via 11th Avenue North.

-- All northbound traffic on Nixon Street and Duffy Street will make a right-hand turn on to Sea Mountain Highway.

-- All eastbound traffic on Sea Mountain Highway will turn right at Duffy Street and proceed to Ocean Boulevard via 22nd Avenue North.

-- Once fireworks show traffic has exited the Cherry Grove area, public safety personnel will initiate a return to normal traffic patterns.  

Please be patient and exercise caution entering and exiting the Cherry Grove area prior to, during and immediately following the July 4th fireworks display. It is a very popular event and traffic congestion can be very heavy.

North Myrtle Beach Public Parking Update

The City of North Myrtle Beach will soon identify and hire a consultant or consulting firm versed in traffic engineering and public parking in oceanfront cities dependent on tourism.

The consultant will work to develop a short-term parking plan for North Myrtle Beach for the primary 2019 tourism season and a long-term parking plan that will identify and project public parking needs for the next five to ten years, resulting in a phased plan that takes into account projected costs and potential funding sources.

In developing short-term and long-term public parking plans, the consultant will solicit input from City Council, City management, residents, property owners, business owners and visitors. The consultant will hold interactive workshops, during which members of the public can contribute their ideas for potential parking solutions and identify their concerns.

The consultant will also help the City to assess the benefits or lack thereof of “free” and “paid” parking, and their potential impacts on residents, property owners, business owners, and visitors.

The City’s goal is to emerge from this process having achieved reasonable, practical short-term and long-term public parking plans.


-- Until further notice, parking is prohibited in the median along Ocean Boulevard.

-- Traffic cones currently lining the edges of the median along Ocean Boulevard will be removed and “No Parking” signs will be installed in the median.

-- From June 27, 2018, onward, no person may place an obstruction of any kind in a public right-of-way in the city of North Myrtle Beach. Obstructions placed in a public right-of-way on and after June 27, 2018 will be removed. To determine the width of a public right-of-way along a roadway, please contact the North Myrtle Beach Public Works Department at 843-280-5500.

-- The City will begin to address obstructions that property owners have placed in public rights-of-way citywide prior to June 27, 2018, initially focusing on privately erected "no parking" signs and other easily removable obstructions. City personnel will communicate directly with each property owner to explain why and when obstructions must be removed.

-- The City will wait until its consultant has reviewed available and potential parking locations before addressing other larger obstructions that property owners have placed in public rights-of-way.

North Myrtle Beach Department of Public Safety Offers Free REFUSE TO BE A VICTIM® Crime Prevention Seminar

What: Free Refuse to Be a Victim® Crime Prevention Seminar
When: July 12, 2018 - 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
Where: City Hall, 1018 Second Avenue South
Who: Teenagers and older

The North Myrtle Beach Department of Public Safety will hold a free Refuse to Be A Victim® crime prevention and personal safety seminar July 12, 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. at North Myrtle Beach City Hall, 1018 Second Avenue South. This free National Rifle Association award-winning crime prevention and personal safety seminar is open to people in their teens and older.

Developed in response to nationwide requests for crime prevention and personal safety seminars, Refuse to Be A Victim® teaches methods to avoid dangerous situations and prevent confrontations with criminals.

Seminar participants will be introduced to a variety of common sense crime prevention and personal safety strategies and devices that may be integrated into their personal, home, automobile, telephone, technological, and travel security.

To register, please contact North Myrtle Beach Crime Prevention Officer L.CPL William C McLeod at 843-280-5623 or email, or visit for more information. 

RESULTS: June 18 North Myrtle Beach City Council Meeting

Prior to the June 18 North Myrtle Beach City Council meeting, Council members met in executive session for a legal briefing on a potential contract between the City of North Myrtle Beach and the North Myrtle Beach Chamber of Commerce, and a legal briefing regarding the Sandridge Development Agreement. Council also discussed potential property acquisitions. Council took no action.

During the Council Meeting, Myrtle Beach City Manager John Pedersen presented Mayor Marilyn Hatley with a Proclamation from the City of Myrtle Beach, signed by Myrtle Beach Mayor Brenda Bethune, honoring and congratulating the City on its 50th anniversary of incorporation.

North Myrtle Beach Chamber of Commerce Chairman Scott Ellisintroduced Pete Brooks, the chamber’s new director of public relations and governmental affairs, and its interim chief executive officer.
Three City employees received Employee Longevity Awards. Provided in five-year increments, the awards recognize employees who consistently demonstrate excellent customer service. Receiving awards were Public Safety Officer Ian Vaughn (10 years of service), Barefoot Swing Bridge OperatorRoderick Glenn (5), and Assistant Purchasing AgentJanice Knorr (5).

City Council passed a motion approving the July 4, 9:30-10:00 p.m. fireworks display at the Cherry Grove Pier. The North Myrtle Beach Chamber of Commerce and the City of North Myrtle Beach are co-sponsors of this annual event. Zambelli Fireworks conducts the show.

City Council passed a motion approving the Music on Main Concert Series.

City Council passed a motion approving the appointment of Roger Quinn, Jr. and Ricky Martin to the Board of Zoning Appeals, each for a four-year term.

City Council passed second (final) reading of an ordinancerezoning 14 acres of land located on Ye Olde Kings Highway from R-2B (Single- Family Residential Medium Density) to R-IB (Single-Family Low Medium Density).

City Council adopted a Resolution approvingan agreement between the City of North Myrtle Beach and Horry Countyfor the City to provide fire protection services in certain areas of Horry County near or adjacent to the City limits. For the first year of the agreement, the County pays the City $41,424.89. For each year thereafter, the rate increases by the lesser of 2% or the then current Consumer Price Index as defined in the agreement.

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Charleston District Awards Myrtle Beach Storm Damage Reduction Project Contract

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Charleston District, recently awarded a $34.8 million contract for the Myrtle Beach Storm Damage Reduction Project to Great Lakes Dredge and Dock Company, LLC, which will place approximately 1.4 million cubic yards of material on Myrtle, North Myrtle, Garden City and Surfside Beaches.

The project will begin in August. The nourishment will include approximately eight miles on Myrtle Beach, four miles on Surfside and Garden City Beaches, and two miles on North Myrtle Beach. Details on the starting location and direction the project will move in have not yet been finalized. The project will be completed no later than December 15th.

This storm damage reduction project goes along with the regularly scheduled plan for this area, which is to place sand on the beach every 8 years. Last year, North Myrtle, Garden City and Surfside Beaches received 1.3 million cubic yards of sand using emergency funding made available after impacts from Hurricane Matthew.

“The storm damage reduction project aims to minimize the impacts to people and property behind the dunes in a storm event,” said Wes Wilson, project manager. “While we acknowledge that people may see temporary inconveniences while the project is underway, the project has many long-term benefits, especially during storm season.”

The public will be able to track the progress of the project on a real time basis located on the Charleston District’s web mapper During active construction, the majority of these beaches will remain open and available for the public to enjoy.

The contractor works 24 hours a day, seven days a week during construction, usually completing up to 500 feet per day, barring mechanical or weather/sea condition delays. This means that active construction moves quickly and will only be in front of any particular building or area for two or three days. Pipelines running along the beach outside of the fenced area can safely be crossed where the contractor places crossover sand ramps over the pipes. The public should keep away from lines and only cross them at the sand crossovers.

As a portion of the project will take place during sea turtle nesting season, the contractor will comply with the requirements of the Endangered Species Act and the Marine Mammals Protection Act. 

PLEASE NOTE: When all information is in place, the City of North Myrtle Beach will provide details concerning its portion of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Storm Damage Reduction Project.

Enjoy The Paul Grimshaw Band in a FREE June 15 Concert at the North Myrtle Beach Park & Sports Complex

Enjoy The Paul Grimshaw Band in a FREE June 15, 7pm-9pm concert at the Sandhills Bank Amphitheater in the North Myrtle Beach Park & Sports Complex.

The concert is part of the Sounds of Summer concert series presented by the City of North Myrtle Beach Parks & Recreation Department, and sponsored by Avista Resort and RV Outlet USA.

Expect a great show of Classic & Roots Rock.

Bring a beach chair.

For more information or to view the complete Summer Concert Series schedule visit

For day of event updates & cancellations call the “Rec Check” hotline at (843) 280-5594 ext. 3.

Enjoy ENVISION in a FREE June 14 Concert at the Horseshoe on Main Street in North Myrtle Beach

The public is invited to enjoy ENVISION in a free concert June 14, 7:00 p.m.- 9:00 p.m. at the Horseshoe on Main Street . 

Expect an incredible variety of Motown and Beach Music hits. 

Bring a beach chair.

The free concert is part of the North Myrtle Beach Parks & Recreation Department’s Music on Main summer concert series sponsored by Coastal Carolina National Bank (CCNB).

ABOUT ENVISIONENVISION’s stage show is as exciting to watch as it is to dance to, covering hits from the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s, all the way up to the contemporary sound of today’s Top 40. Although specializing as a “party band”, ENVISION'S repertoire encompasses a wide variety of musical styles, including R&B, Beach Music, Motown/Oldies, Pop, Dance, Funk and Jazz.

ENVISION has performed as the opening act for several national artists, ranging from actress and American Idol alum, Jordin Sparks and The S.O.S. Band, to R&B sensations Kem and Marsha Ambrosius. The group has opened for the nationally syndicated Tom Joyner Morning “Sky” Show. Most recently, the group has opened for nationally acclaimed author-comedian-talk show host Steve Harvey.

For day of event weather information call the “Rec Check” hotline at (843) 280-5594 ext. 3,, or  

City of North Myrtle Beach Hurricane Evacuation and Reentry Procedures, and More

The official hurricane season for the Atlantic Basin (Atlantic Ocean, Caribbean Sea and Gulf of Mexico) is June 1 to November 30, but it never hurts to get a head start on preparing for the season.

Mandatory Evacuation Procedures

 IF a hurricane threatens our area and, IF the Governor issues an evacuation order, evacuation routes will be managed as follows:

-- Once the Governor issues a mandatory evacuation, lane reversals automatically occur
for two sections of Highway 501— U.S. Highway 501 from SC 544 to SC 378, and U.S. Highway 501 from SC 22 to the U.S. Highway 501/SC 576 split in Marion. Once you enter a lane reversal pattern, you will not be able to get back out. Never enter a lane reversal pattern unless directed to do so by law enforcement.

-- The Horry County evacuation plan to which all in North Myrtle Beach are subject requires all people located north of Briarcliffe Acres to evacuate via SC 9 North to I-95 and beyond.

-- These requirements stem from the South Carolina Hurricane Evacuation Study for the Northern Conglomerate released by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in 2012.

Reentry Procedures

When reentering the city of North Myrtle Beach after a hurricane evacuation, property owners, renters and business owners should be prepared to show either their driver’s license, a copy of a recent water bill or property tax bill, a rental agreement, or other form of identity that proves residency or property ownership within the city.

Owners of businesses with employees who do not reside within the city limits but who are essential to business recovery should provide those employees with a letter written on company letterhead identifying them as being essential to the recovery of the business. When identifying an employee, please use their name as shown on their driver’s license so that authorities can match the two for verification.

The City of North Myrtle Beach does not require filing residency or business information prior to a storm.

The City’s goal is for the return of property owners and others to North Myrtle Beach as soon as possible following a hurricane evacuation so that all can help in the recovery process. However, some areas of the city may not be safe or essential utilities damaged, resulting in delayed reentry to the affected locations.

Be aware that other jurisdictions that you may travel through on your return to North Myrtle Beach from a hurricane evacuation (State, County, or other municipality) may have different identification requirements or different reentry priorities depending on damage that may have occurred in their jurisdictions.

Do you know your ZONE?

 You may remember that different areas of Horry County, including North Myrtle Beach, have been assigned different “Zones” with respect to the potential impact of hurricane storm surge on a given land area.

IF a hurricane is to strike our area with force, and IF the Governor calls for a mandatory evacuation, he might do so by identifying the ZONES that must evacuate. The zone locations in Horry County are as follows:

Zone A

All areas east of U.S. 17 Business (Kings Highway), up to intersection with U.S. 17 (Kings Highway) and then all areas east of U.S. 17 (Kings Highway) to the northern county line.

Zone B

All areas south of S.C. 707 and Longwood Drive, including all areas in Longwood Plantation (Blackmoor) to the Waccamaw River and all areas east of U.S. 17 Bypass (Mark Garner Highway) to U.S. 17 (North Kings Highway) and all areas east of U.S. 17 (North Kings Highway) to the northern county line.

Zone C

All areas between U.S. 701 and S.C. 544, south of Brown's Chapel Avenue and Hwy. 814, plus all areas east of S.C. 31 (Carolina Bays Parkway) to S.C. 90 and all areas east of S.C. 90 to U.S. 17 to the northern county line.

The Horry County Emergency Management Department provides an interactive Zone Map. Access County information at

How will the City stay in touch with you?

 During a hurricane emergency, the City will communicate advisory, damage assessment, reentry and other information to the public using these resources:

-- (See “Press Releases” on the home page)
-- Via our Email News Group, whose members receive all news releases at the same time we send them to the news media. This is a free service. To be included in the Email News Group, provide your email address to Pat Dowling at Please specify if you want to

receive all City-related news or only hurricane-related information. We will not use your email address for any other purpose. You can opt out at any time.

The City also forwards its information to local and regional news media outlets, Horry County Emergency Management, the North Myrtle Beach Chamber of Commerce, and the Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce. The North Myrtle Beach Chamber of Commerce shares City of North Myrtle Beach announcements with its members and its social media audiences.

The Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce serves as the umbrella agency for the Area Recovery Council (ARC), which serves as a clearinghouse for information from all sources within Horry County during hurricanes and other disasters.

Questions about North Myrtle Beach procedures?

Contact Pat Dowling at