City of North Myrtle Beach to Mill and Pave Ocean Boulevard from 2nd Ave N to 14th Ave S

The North Myrtle Beach City Council has given the go-ahead for the City of North Myrtle Beach to mill and pave Ocean Boulevard from 2nd Avenue North to 14th Avenue South in two phases.

The first phase of the work will run from 2nd Avenue North to 6th Avenue South and will occur May 8-12, so that the work will not interfere with the May 5-7 Divas Half Marathon & 5K or the May 13 Mayfest on Main festival. The estimated cost for this phase of the work is $265,000.

The project's second phase will run from 6th Avenue South to 14th Avenue South and will occur from May 14 until completed. The goal is to complete this phase of the work prior to Memorial Day weekend. If poor weather or other circumstances dictate that the work cannot be completed in that time frame, it will cease for the duration of Memorial Day weekend and begin again when vacation traffic has subsided, finishing prior to schools letting out and the start of the primary tourism season. The estimated cost for this phase of the work is $465,000.

A traffic plan will be issued soon. The objective is to keep two lanes open for traffic and two lanes closed for work.

North Myrtle Beach Woman's Club Invites Public to One-time Only May 3 Viewing of Human Trafficking Movie "Sold"

The North Myrtle Beach Woman’s Club invites the public to a presentation of the movie "SOLD" at the Carmike 12 Theatre (10177 North Kings Hwy., Myrtle Beach, S.C.) on Wednesday, May 3, 6:30pm-8:15pm.

Tickets are $10 each and can be purchased at
The Woman's Club is bringing this movie to the area to generate awareness about human trafficking and hopes the movie will educate viewers about this crime.

The exclusive, “one-night only showing” of this insightful and chilling movie, based on the international bestselling novel by Patricia McCormick, and inspired by true accounts, is the story of a young girl, who journeys from a rural village in Nepal to a gritty brothel-prison in India.

The film illustrates the brutality of child trafficking, which affects millions of children around the world each year. Globally the average age of a trafficked girl is 13.

Learn about the movie at
If you would like more information or have questions, please contact the "SOLD" project chairperson at 815 322-6623

NMB Parks and Recreation Offers a Free April 28 Day Trip to Artfields in Lake City, SC

The North Myrtle Beach Parks & Recreation Department is offering a FREE April 28 day-trip by bus to visit ArtFields in Lake City, SC.  
The free trip is limited to 11 participants. To sign up, contact Tina McCrackin at 843-281-3764.
Over 40 local artists will display their work at this event. One of the art pieces on display is from Nina Ortiz, an art instructor for North Myrtle Beach Parks & Recreation. Those in attendance will be able to vote for Nina’s art as well as their other favorite artists.

8am - Leave the J. Bryan Floyd Recreation Center
10am - Arrive at ArtFields welcome center
11am-12:30pm- Lunchtime Crunchtime: 20 Competition Artists take turns promoting their work in three minutes or less. Visitors are invited to attend and learn more about the artists who have been invited to exhibit at ArtFields 2017. Lunch will be available for purchase onsite.
1:00pm - ArtFields group tour

ABOUT ARTFIELDSArtFields started in 2013 with a simple goal: honor the artists of the Southeast with a week’s worth of celebration and competition in the heart of a traditional Southern small town. With over $100,000 up for grabs, awarded based on the input of every visitor to Artfields and a panel of judges made up of acclaimed artists and educators, the competition offers life-changing amounts of money to all artists in all media who live in the twelve Southeastern states. Over 400 masterpieces will be displayed in locally-owned venues, from renovated warehouses from the 1920’s to Smithsonian-qualified art galleries to upscale restaurants and start-up boutiques, in a mutual celebration of art and community. What was once one of South Carolina’s most prosperous agricultural communities now becomes a living art gallery as we continue to demonstrate the best of the Southeast and recognize the incredible talent we have to offer.  

Annual North Strand Community Prayer and Breakfast - May 4, 2017

The annual North Strand Community Prayer & Praise Event will be held Thursday, May 4, 6pm–7:30pm, at the Horseshoe on Main Street. The event coincides with the National Day of Prayer.

The event offers prayers and live musical performances by leaders and praise teams/bands from a variety of places of worship in the North Strand area. It is free and open to all ages.

Registration Now Open for June 12-22 North Myrtle Beach Ocean Rescue Junior Lifeguard Program

Registration is now open for the city's June 12-22 Ocean Rescue Junior Lifeguard program.
Now in its seventh year, the program is geared towards 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 program is sponsored by the North Myrtle Beach Public Safety Department and is conducted by its Beach Patrol Officers. 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.

The June 12-22 classes will be held 9:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m. daily on the beach at 7th Avenue South, with the exception of June 15 when participants will meet at the J. Bryan Floyd Community Center, 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. to learn CPR and First Aid. Participants should bring a lunch or snack with them on June 15.   

New program participants will take a basic swim test on June 10, 3:00 p.m. at the North Myrtle Beach Aquatic & Fitness Center. Participants will be asked to swim 100 yards without a life jacket or other flotation support in order to display the swimming competency necessary to ensure a safe learning experience. 

After successful completion of the June 12-22 classes, Junior Lifeguards may elect to "shadow" one of the city's trained, experienced Ocean Lifeguards on Mondays and Wednesdays, June 28-August 11, 9:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m. During shadow time, Junior Lifeguards may assist their Ocean Lifeguard in basic duties, such as, water surveillance, informing  beach-goers about beach safety, and other activities. Junior Lifeguards are not allowed to participate in active rescues.  

To register for the June 12-22 Junior Lifeguard classes, drop by the city's Beach Services warehouse located at the corner of 6th Avenue South and Bay Street in North Myrtle Beach. Call ahead at 843-280-5684.

For more information, please contact Beach Patrol Officer May Lauzon at 843-503-3086 or via email at

NMB City Council Adopts Anti-Littering Resolution

City Council has adopted a resolution in support of Governor Henry McMaster’s proclamation naming April “Zero Tolerance for Litter Month" in South Carolina.

Mayor Marilyn Hatley presented the city’s resolution to representatives of the Keep North Myrtle Beach Beautiful Committee (KNMBB). Shown left to right in the accompanying photo are Mayor Marilyn Hatley, and KNMBB representatives Rob Kayton, Linda Siceloff, Gregg Barnhill.

The Governor’s proclamation calls on South Carolina’s citizens and visitors to keep the state litter free. During April, enhanced law enforcement efforts are focused on the state’s litter laws.

The city’s resolution echoes the Governor’s assertions that South Carolina is a beautiful state with an abundance of natural resources, and that all should want to keep it clean.

The resolution also encourages people to consider the practical costs of littering— it detracts from economic development, areas of commerce, and real estate values.

The city’s resolution urges residents and visitors to work together to keep North Myrtle Beach and South Carolina clean.

Employee Longevity Awards Given to Five NMB City Employees

Five city employees have received Employee Longevity Awards. The awards are provided in five year increments to those employees who demonstrate consistent customer service excellence.

Shown left to right in photo are Police Chief Phil Webster (25 years of service), Streets Drainage Supervisor Dave Wood (25), Firefighter/EMT Aaron Asbury (10), Animal Control Officer Jerry Gordon (15), Evidence Custodian Chris Sengle (10), City Manager Mike Mahaney.

Upcoming events in North Myrtle Beach

Touch a Truck, April 8, 10am-2pm, at the North Myrtle Beach Park & Sports Complex in the Soccer/Lacrosse parking lot. Admission is free. Dump trucks, tractors, a helicopter, fire trucks, police car, race cars and more for kids of all ages to explore.  Also offers public safety information, face painting, helmet safety by the North Strand Optimist Club, spot camera eye screenings offered by the North Myrtle Beach Lion’s Club, and writing letters to soldiers with the Grand Strand Blue Star Mothers. A unique and new community event!

Palmetto Police Motorcycle Skills Competition, April 8, 8am Opening Ceremony, 9am-5pm Police motorcycle officers from many jurisdictions compete in motorcycle skills courses. Admission is free (but feel free to donate to Camp Happy Days). Hosted again this year by the North Myrtle Beach Public Safety Department.

35th Annual NMB Easter Egg Hunt, April 15, 10am Sharp, McLean Park. Admission is free. Separate areas for ages 2 and Under, 3-4, 5-6, 7-8, 9-10, 11 and Over. Limited on-site parking, so get there early and park in the Main Street area, then walk over.

6th Annual Divas® Half Marathon & 5K, May 7, come out and cheer for thousands of female runners from across the nation decked out as Divas. 5K starts at 7am, and Half Marathon at 7:10am. Both races start on Ocean Boulevard just south of Main Street and finish on Main Street.

12th Annual Mayfest on Main, May 13, 10am-6pm, Main Street. Admission is free. A popular festival with over 100 vendors and live music!