City of North Myrtle Beach Hurricane Preparedness Information

Currently, no hurricanes are headed toward North Myrtle Beach. That said, we are in the midst of hurricane season, an increased number of storms are forecast for the Atlantic Ocean, and this information may help you to better prepare for whatever may come our way.

Evacuation Route

If the Governor orders an evacuation that includes all or part of North Myrtle Beach, people located north of Briarcliffe Acres must evacuate via SC 9 North to I-95 and beyond. This requirement is part of the overall Horry County evacuation plan, which is based on 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.

Do you know your ZONE?

Different areas of Horry County have been assigned different “zones” with respect to the potential impact of hurricane storm surge on a given land area. If the Governor orders an evacuation, he usually identifies the evacuation zones included in his order. Evacuation zones in Horry County are:

Zone A
All areas east of U.S. Business 17 up to the intersection with US 17. All areas east of U.S. 17 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.

For more information on evacuation zones, visit and look under Emergency Management.

City of North Myrtle Beach Reentry Procedure

The City of North Myrtle Beach does not require filing residency or business information prior to a storm. The City's goal is to return property owners and others to North Myrtle Beach as soon as possible to help in recovery.

Business owners with employees who do not reside in the city limits but are essential to business recovery should provide the employees with a letter on company letterhead identifying them as essential to recovery. Use the employee name shown on their driver’s license.

Returning North Myrtle Beach property owners, renters and business owners should be prepared to show a driver’s license, recent water bill or property tax bill, rental agreement, or other form of ID proving residency or property ownership.

As you pass through other jurisdictions on your way back to North Myrtle Beach, you may encounter different requirements.

Key Phone Numbers During Hurricanes

-- Emergencies Only: 911
-- Police and Fire Dispatch Non-Emergencies: 843-280-5511
-- Emergency Operations Center Non-Emergencies: 843-663-8700 (Only when the EOC is activated)

City Information Outlets

The City maintains a variety of information outlets you can access prior to, during and following a hurricane or other emergency:

-- Channel 1303 on Spectrum (Time Warner)
-- Channel 9 on HTC Cable
-- Twitter @cityofnmb.

-- You can also elect to receive City news releases by email at the same time they are issued to news media. Provide your email address to If you do not want to receive City news releases on all topics, specify "hurricane information only."

Plan Ahead

Visit to learn about hurricane preparedness and planning.

Public Notice - November 5 Municipal Election in the City of North Myrtle Beach

The Municipal Election Commission of the City of North Myrtle Beach, SC announces the general election for North Myrtle Beach to be November 5, 2019.

The following offices shall be included in this election:

Council Member Crescent Beach Ward -- 2019-2023
Council Member Cherry Grove Ward -- 2019-2023
Council Member At-Large -- 2019-2023

All precincts to vote for all candidates.

The polling places are as follows:

Windy Hill 1 Precinct- Windy Hill Fire Station # 3 (33rd Avenue South)
Windy Hill 2 Precinct- Fire Station # 5 (Barefoot Resort)
Crescent Beach Precinct- J. Bryan Floyd Community Center (Possum Trot Road)
Ocean Drive 1 Precinct- Fire Station #1 (2nd Avenue South)
Ocean Drive 2 Precinct - St. Stephens Episcopal Church- (11th Avenue North)
Cherry Grove 1 Precinct- Chapel By The Sea Church (Sea Mountain Highway)
Cherry Grove 2 Precinct - Fire Station # 4 (Little River Neck Road)

Citizens desiring to vote in the upcoming election must be registered by October 5, 2019. To register, contact Horry County Voter Registration: 843-915-5440,, or 1515 4th Avenue, Conway, SC. Absentee ballots must be obtained through Horry County Voter Registration.

Citizens desiring to be candidates for one of the above listed offices may file at City Hall with the City ClerkBooks will open for filing on August 23, 2019 at 8:00 a.m. Books will remain open for filing during regular business hours (Monday-Friday 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.) at City Hall and will close at 12:00 Noon on September 6, 2019.

The filing fee for the office of Council is $75.00.

This is a nonpartisan election and no party affiliation shall be placed on the ballot.

The polls shall open at 7:00 a.m. on Election Day and close at 7:00 p.m.

The Municipal Election Committee at the close of the polls will count absentee ballots at City Hall.

The Commission will meet at City Hall at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday November 7, 2019 to certify the election and determine the validity of ballots challenged in this election. Any runoff will be held two weeks after the election on Tuesday November 19, 2019.

Municipal Election Commission
City of North Myrtle Beach, SC

The difference between low speed vehicle and golf cart laws in North Myrtle Beach

Low speed vehicles have the same laws to follow with the exception of three things:
  1. Unlike Golf Carts, Low Speed Vehicle's (LSV) CAN be operated at night.
  2. There are no limitations on how far a Low Speed Vehicle can travel from registered address whereas a golf cart can only travel 4 miles from the registered address.
  3. Low speed vehicles CAN operate anywhere on Ocean Blvd (SC 65) as well as Sea Mtn. Hwy (SC 9), whereas a Golf Cart can only travel on N. Ocean Blvd. north of Sea Mtn. Hwy and are NOT allowed on Sea Mtn Hwy except to cross over.

Both Low Speed Vehicles and Golf Carts are only allowed on roadways with the posted speed limit of 35 MPH or less.
If you would like to learn more about golf cart and low speed vehicle laws and regulations you can go to and click on Public Safety to find the SC State Laws link on the right side of the page look for Title 56 Motor Vehicles.
Low Speed Vehicles Law. 56-2-100
Golf Cart Law. 56-2-105

Enjoy a Free August 9 Showing of "How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World" at McLean Park in North Myrtle Beach

Enjoy a free August 9, 8:15 p.m. showing of the movie How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World (PG) at McLean Park, 93 Oak Drive. 

Bring a beach chair or blanket to sit on.

Concessions are available from the North Myrtle Beach Lions Club. 

This free movie is sponsored by Ledo Pizza and is part of the North Myrtle Beach Parks & Recreation Department’s Movies @ McLean series.

About How to Train Your Dragon:

From DreamWorks Animation comes a surprising tale about growing up, finding the courage to face the unknown, and how nothing can ever train you to let go. What begins as an unlikely friendship between an adolescent Viking and a fearsome Night Fury dragon becomes an epic adventure spanning their lives.  

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

Enjoy "Silk Groove" in a Free August 8 Concert at the Horseshoe on Main Street in North Myrtle Beach

Enjoy "Silk Groove" in a free August 8, 7 - 9 p.m. concert at the Horseshoe on Main Street.

Motown and Beach Music hits.

Bring a beach chair.

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

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

City of North Myrtle Beach Homors Coach Joe Lategano

On July 31, the City of North Myrtle Beach recognized Coach Joe Lategano for his years of dedication to parks and recreation activities. A basketball court at the J. Bryan Floyd Community Center is now known as Joe Lategano Court.

Coach Joe began volunteering with the North Myrtle Beach Parks & Recreation Department in 1993.

He organized and conducted the “Summer Slam” basketball camp each summer for more than a decade. More than 500 children participated in this free basketball camp.
Coach Joe led and coached the rookie basketball program for 20 years. This was a basketball program for kids ages 5 to 6. It introduced them to the game of basketball. Over 750 children participated in the rookie basketball program.

Coach Joe also served many years as a volunteer basketball referee. He would attend games nightly and speak with parents and children.

When it came to basketball, Joe was not an outsider looking in. He graduated from St. Francis College in 1954, where he lettered in basketball.

Joe also served as a league commissioner for the Parks & Recreation Department, organizing basketball and baseball leagues.

In 2007, City Council appointed coach Joe to the North Myrtle Beach Recreation Commission. He became chairman of the commission in 2007 and continues that service today.

Coach Joe is also very active as a sports ambassador, having welcomed hundreds of people to north myrtle beach at our many sports tourism events.

On a more personal note, Joe’s wife, Mary, passed away in 2005. As Mayor Marilyn Hatley said during her talk about Joe, "We know she is looking down today, so proud of and excited for her husband."

Joe’s dog, Buddy, passed away around 2006. It's important to note because Joe would always walk around the Central Park Fields at night with Buddy, talking to children and parents while games and practices were going on.That is how most of the parents and kids came to know Joe back then.

Joe has two daughters, Christyne and Barbara, and five grandchildren.

Joe’s commitment to his nation and his community did not begin and end with sports. He served two years in the U.S. Army and three years as a reserve in the Marines. He also served in the Korean War.

We thank Coach Joe for all that he has given to the North Myrtle Beach community. We are certainly a better community for having him in our midst!

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North Myrtle Beach Tree City Board Picks a Pair of Cleveland Pears For its August Tree of the Month Award

The North Myrtle Beach Tree City Board used its August Tree of the Month Award to highlight a pair of Cleveland pears planted in the right-of-way along 9th Avenue South. 

The trees were planted about 15 years ago as part of an Ocean Oaks Community beautification project. The trees are healthy and happy in their location. 

The Cleveland pear tree is often mistaken for the Bradford pear tree.

The Cleveland pear is a rapid grower but a bit smaller than the Bradford pear, reaching 30 to 40 feet high and 15 feet wide at maturity, while the Bradford pear grows more rapidly to a height of 30 to 50 feet with a spread of 20 to 30 feet.

The Cleveland pear has an erect, oval-shaped canopy, growing more upright than the Bradford pear, and it has an attractive pyramidal form. The Cleveland Pear grows more slowly and is stronger and less invasive than the Bradford pear. Multiple outlets no longer recommend the Bradford pear for landscaping. 

The Cleveland pear is often used as a specimen tree, focal point, shade tree or street tree.


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

If you have a tree you would like to be considered for Tree of the Month, contact Parks & Grounds Superintendent Jim Grainger at (843) 280-5571 or via email at  

Property owners and developers interested in finding out how they can preserve trees on their property may contact the North Myrtle Beach Tree City Board at