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.

SCHEDULE

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.

City of North Myrtle Beach Schedule for Martin Luther King Jr. Day - January 15

-- City Hall & J. Bryan Floyd Community Center closed

-- No City Council Meeting

-- NMB Park & Sports Complex regular schedule

-- Sanitation service regular schedule

-- Aquatic & Fitness Center regular schedule

-- Police & Fire/Rescue regular schedule

Winter Storm Watch - City of North Myrtle Beach Preparations

We are currently under a Winter Storm Watch and have the potential for 2 or more of inches of snow Wednesday, January 3. The Watch will likely be upgraded to a Winter Storm Warning later today.

KEY POINTS FROM THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE

-- Increased confidence of a winter storm producing 1"-3” of snow and sleet on most surfaces. A trace to 0.04” of freezing rain is possible along the immediate coast.

-- Wintry precipitation is expected to develop late Wednesday morning, and persist through Wednesday night. Travel will become hazardous.

-- The next winter storm briefing will be issued by 5 PM Tuesday.

CITY OF NORTH MYRTLE BEACH PREPARATIONS

-- A coastal city such as ours does not make a huge investment in snow plows and other snow removal equipment but we do have several trucks equipped with snow plows and a motor grader with plow that we use to remove snow when it occurs. We also maintain a supply of road salt and salt spreaders.

-- The snow plows are prepped and ready to roll, as are the salt spreaders.

-- We do not put salt on roads until the initial moisture hits them. If salt is put down while the roads are dry, passing cars just blow it to the side of the road. Also, road salt is activated by moisture. So, when the first moisture hits the roads, we will begin our road salting operation, the initial pass taking about 2-1/2 hours. Initially, we do not salt or plow all roads in the city. Our initial objective is to salt and plow major intersections and roadways as needed.

-- Street Division staff have already been placed on a Wednesday work schedule that reflects current projections for the storm's arrival in our area.

-- City Hall and all other city services and facilities will be open for business throughout the week.

-- Wednesday sanitation collection will occur according to the regular schedule. Plan on a normal sanitation collection forThursday, and, if the storm's impact on roads interferes with normal collection, we will post that information here.