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.