Six North Myrtle Beach City Employees Earn Longevity Awards

During the February 17 North Myrtle Beach City Council meeting, six employees were provided with Longevity Awards. The City provides the awards in five-year increments to City employees who consistently demonstrate excellent customer service.

Shown left to right in the accompanying photo are City Manager Mike Mahaney, Joey Williams, Frank Patterson, Michael Johnson, Douglas Davis, Ben Caldwell, and Kris Monk.
The award winners are Wastewater Operator C Joey Williams (30 years of service), Landscape Technician Frank Patterson (20), Heavy Equipment Operator Kris Monk (20), Heavy Equipment Operator Michael Johnson (20), Bridge Operator Douglas Davis (20), Assistant Zoning Administrator Ben Caldwell (15).

We thank these employees for their dedication to the city of North Myrtle Beach!

Milling and Paving for North Myrtle Beach Roads and a Public Parking Lot Begins February 3

Weather permitting, on Monday, February 3, Southern Asphalt will begin milling and paving 40th Avenue South, 46th Avenue South, and Lewis Street.

Milling and paving of the J. Bryan Floyd Community Center parking lot occurs Friday, February 7 and Saturday, February 8.

Altogether, 41 North Myrtle Beach roads and a parking lot will be resurfaced at a cost of about $1 million.

The roads to be resurfaced include 13th Avenue North, 20th Avenue North, 5th Avenue South, 37th Avenue South, 40th Avenue South, 46th Avenue South, Allen Street, Bay Pines Court, Catalina Drive, Cherry Tree Lane, Clubhouse Drive, Coral Reef Drive, Coral Sand Drive, Crosswinds Avenue, Dogwood Place, Eastover Lane, Herring Gull Circle, Hunter Avenue, J. Bryan Floyd Community Center Parking Lot, Jerdon Circle, Landfall Drive, Lewis Street, Live Oak Court, Martha’s Way, Moorings Way, Mount Vernon Drive, North Oak Drive, Phyllis Street, Sand Dollar Court, Sea Bird Court, Sea Horse Court, South Oak Drive, Spotted Owl Landing, Summers Place, Sunset Harbour Drive, Swan Lake Drive, Tilghman Forest Drive, Watermark Court, Waterway Drive, White Tern Circle, Windy Pines Drive, and Wood Street.

An additional $750,000 in road resurfacing projects are planned for spring.

The City has about 200 miles of roads and its goal is to resurface 10 miles annually. All roads are assessed annually and prioritized according to their condition and the traffic volume they support.

January 10 is "Lawton Dews Day" in the City of North Myrtle Beach

During their January 6 meeting, the members of the North Myrtle Beach City Council presented a Proclamation to city resident Lawton Dews, naming January 10 Lawton Dews Day in North Myrtle Beach.

Left to Right in Photo: Council members Bob Cavanaugh, Nicole Fontana, Terry White, Mayor Marilyn Hatley, Lawton Dews, Hank Thomas, J.O. Baldwin, Fred Coyne.

During the presentation, Mayor Marilyn Hatley said that, while many residents support their community in some way, Lawton Dews’ involvements have been exceptional.

For years, Lawton Dews has attended most City Council meetings, offering public comments that are very supportive of public safety and other personnel.

He has shown a special interest in lifting up public safety personnel, and initiated major events, examples of which include arranging for a large gathering of residents at a July 2017 City Council meeting to thank and praise public safety personnel, and a organizing a major September 2019 awards banquet honoring state, county and municipal public safety personnel.

Lawton Dews arranged and promoted these and other events without a desire for personal reward. He has also been involved in the community on many other helpful levels.

Mayor Hatley encouraged North Myrtle Beach citizens to reach out to Lawton Dews to thank him for his efforts on behalf of law enforcement and the community.

State Representative William Bailey Presents $1 Million Check to the City of North Myrtle Beach for 18th Avenue North Ocean Outfall

State Representative William Bailey visited North Myrtle Beach City Hall today to present a check in the amount of $1 million to Mayor Marilyn Hatley. The funds go toward the $14 million 18th Avenue North Ocean Outfall, which begins construction in fall 2020.

In an accompanying letter, Representative Bailey thanked Mayor Hatley for her “selfless leadership not only for North Myrtle Beach, but the state as a whole.”

Mayor Hatley commended Representative Bailey for the “wonderful job he is doing for House District 104 and all of South Carolina” and thanked him for his efforts to help fund the City's Ocean Outfalls.

The 18th Avenue North Ocean Outfall will collect storm water from between 14th and 23rd Avenues North. It will also help reduce flooding problems along 11th Avenue North, reduce the amount of storm water that enters the marsh off Sea Mountain Highway, and reduce flooding that occurs on Ocean Boulevard between 18th and 20th Avenues North after heavy rain, which also negatively impacts a large oceanfront condominium property.

Representative Bailey serves on these House Committees: Medical, Military, Public and Municipal Affairs Committee; Interstate Cooperation Committee; and the S.C. House Tax Policy Review Committee.

We thank Representative Bailey for his work on behalf of North Myrtle Beach and House District 104.

North Myrtle Beach Public Safety Department Offers a Free January 23 - March 12 Citizens Police Academy

The North Myrtle Beach Public Safety Department offers a free Citizens Police Academy January 23 through March 12. Classes are held each Thursday, 7:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m., at the North Myrtle Beach Department of Public Safety, 1015 Second Avenue South. The academy is limited to 20 participants. Participants must attend all classes.

The Citizens Police Academy provides residents and business people with a behind-the-scenes look at local law enforcement. Participants learn about crime scene investigation, defensive driving, crime prevention, uniform/beach/bike patrol, victim services, fire/technical rescue, and more. CPR is part of the curriculum and requires one of the classes to be extended to three hours.

Interested persons may pick up an application packet from the records division in the main lobby of the public safety building. The records division is open Monday-Friday, 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. Applications are also available after-hours and weekends at the 24-hour police lobby at the public safety building. NOTE: Completed application packets must be turned in by January 13.

For more information, please contact Lance Corporal Amy Vicks at 843-281-3706 or via email mail at asvicks@nmb.u

-- Class size is limited to 20 participants

-- Applicants must be 21 years of age or older

-- Applicants must reside in Horry County (North Myrtle Beach residents receive first preference)

-- Applicants must complete a personal history form and undergo a background investigation and criminal history check

-- Applicants must complete a minimum of 15 hours of ride-along/work-along time with police officers, dispatchers and other personnel.

-- After graduating of the Citizens Police Academy, participants may be eligible for upcoming volunteer programs.

City of North Myrtle Beach Work Schedule for New Year's Day (January 1, 2020)

During the New Year’s holiday, the City of North Myrtle Beach will adhere to this work schedule:

-- No service January 1
-- January 1 customers serviced January 2
-- January 2 customers serviced January 3

-- Open

-- Closed January 1

-- Closed January 1

-- Closes 7:00 p.m. on December 31
-- Closed January 1

-- Open January 1, 6:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

-- Bring your tree to the public parking lot at Shorehaven Drive on Ocean Boulevard near 19th Avenue North or the public parking lot across from the J. Bryan Floyd Community Center on Possum Trot Road. Remove all materials, including tinsel, from your tree before recycling.

-- Remove all materials, including tinsel, from your tree and place it curbside for pick up.

North Myrtle Beach Tree City Board Selects Tree of the Month for December

L-R In The Accompanying Photo: Jan and Max Presley,
Mike and Caroline Price, and NMB Tree City Board Members
Jeanette Lyon, Caroline Black, John Sloop, and Chad Lewis. 
Photo Credit: Jim Grainger, Public Grounds Superintendent
The North Myrtle Beach Tree City Board selected an oak tree located at the entrance to The Oaks at Windy Hill as its Tree of the Month for December.

Mike and Carolyn Price moved into The Oaks at Windy Hill three and a half years ago. When they purchased their home, they inherited the role of caretaker of a beautiful oak tree at the entrance to their neighborhood. The tree is between 150 and 175 years old. 

The former owner of their home, Kathy Estes, told the Prices she had taken special care of the tree since 1998 and the Prices were happy to take over the reins. The owners of three of the six homes built in The Oaks at Windy Hill split the responsibility for caring for the tree.

As the years progress, the Prices have come to understand the true beauty and focus such a tree can provide. It is the centerpiece for neighborhood barbecues during the holidays and on any day that seems fit to bring all the neighbors together for food and enjoyment.

Property owners and developers interested in finding more about how they can preserve trees on their property are invited to contact the North Myrtle Beach Tree City Board at

The Tree of the Month program began in 2010 as a way to recognize preserved trees within the city limits. It also provides a platform to remind people of the benefits and importance that trees offer in our everyday lives.

If you think you have the biggest, prettiest, or most unusual tree in North Myrtle Beach, or that your tree has a unique story attached to it, the Tree City Board encourages you to contact Parks & Grounds Superintendent Jim Grainger at (843) 2805571 or via email at