City of North Myrtle Beach is not making election-related phone calls

Upset city residents have contacted City Hall to complain about receiving an inordinate number of phone calls from people posing as though they are with the "North Myrtle Beach Election Office" or a similarly named entity. Please be aware that there is no such office and no one connected with the City is making the calls.

What is most likely happening is that a candidate is having phone calls (robotic or otherwise) made in an effort to determine if they are going to be elected on November 7.

Revised - Planning Commission to Hold Special Called October 31 Workshop/Meeting

The North Myrtle Beach Planning Commission will hold a Special Called October 31 Workshop (9:15AM ) and Meeting (4PM) at City Hall, 1018 Second Avenue South.

During the Workshop and Meeting, the Commission will consider a petition to annex about 1.55 acres (TMS # 144-03-01-010 and/or PIN # 350-11-01-0136) into the City. The petition also requests the City of North Myrtle Beach zoning district of Highway Commercial. The property is currently unincorporated and zoned Resort Commercial by Horry County.

To view the agenda packet, please visit here: or

Mayor Marilyn Hatley Proclaims October 22-28 General Federation of Women's Club Advocates for Children's Week in North Myrtle Beach

During the October 16 North Myrtle Beach City Council meeting, Mayor Marilyn Hatley presented a Proclamation naming October 22-28 as General Federation of Women’s Clubs (GFWC) Advocates for Children Week in North Myrtle Beach.

In her Proclamation, Mayor Hatley said that the GFWC is dedicated to strengthening communities and enhancing the lives of others through volunteer service and has been advocating for the health and well-being of children since the early 1900s, paving the way for the implementation of improved child labor and juvenile court laws.

The Mayor said that GFWC members actively educate, advocate, and engage in projects concerning the well-being of children through health, social, and safety programs. They work to protect children from harmful situations, and encourage healthy physical and emotional lifestyles.

Mayor Hatley said that the GFWC North Myrtle Beach Woman's Club honors “unity in diversity” by working toward community improvement through volunteer service projects and contributions through fundraising activities.

The GFWC North Myrtle Beach Woman’s Club mission enhances the lives of others in the North Myrtle Beach community and surrounding areas, advocating for children by supporting Tools for Schools, the Children's Recovery Center, the Autism Foundation and the USO United through Reading Program.

The accompanying photo shows Mayor Marilyn Hatley (second from left) and representatives of the North Myrtle Beach Woman's Club.

Two City of North Myrtle Beach Employees Earn Awards

During their October 16 meeting, the members of City Council recognized two city employees with Employee Longevity Awards.

Receiving the awards were Fire Lieutenant Travis Spring (15 years of service) and Administrative Assistant I Darlene Carney (10 years).

Employees who continuously provide excellent customer service receive Longevity Awards in five-year increments.

We congratulate these employees on their awards and thank them for their service to North Myrtle Beach.

Shown left to right in the accompanying photo are Travis Spring, Darlene Carney, and City Manager Mike Mahaney.

North Myrtle Beach Citywide Home Cleanup Day is October 21 - Includes Limited Paper Shredding Service

The Keep North Myrtle Beach Beautiful Commission will hold its annual Citywide Home Cleanup Day on Saturday, October 21, 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

The annual home cleanup day provides North Myrtle Beach residents with an opportunity to clean out their closets, attics, garages, and storage sheds. During the event, residents may discard unwanted items, including appliances, TVs, furniture, paint, pesticides, chemicals, oil, old tires, and more.

No construction debris or medical waste will be accepted.

-- Drop Off Site Location: Residents must transport their items to the North Myrtle Beach Sanitation Department Transfer Station located on 2nd Avenue South. (Once on 2nd Avenue South, drive toward the Intracoastal Waterway past City Hall and the Aquatic & Fitness Center. The drop site is on the right hand side of 2nd Avenue South.)

-- Furniture and Appliances that are still usable may be donated to the Salvation Army, Goodwill Industries or local churches. Many of these organizations will pick up items to be donated. Residents should contact these organizations directly.

-- Special Collections: The City also provides a special collection service for furniture, appliances and other bulky items that residents no longer want and do not intend to donate. These items should be placed at curbside for pickup. This service is not regularly scheduled but is provided on an as-needed basis. Please call the Sanitation Division at(843) 280-5500 prior to placing such items at curbside to ensure prompt pickup.

-- Paper Shredding Service: Shred360, a certified paper shredding service, will provide free document shredding as part of the October 21, 9am-12pm Citywide Home Clean Up Day.

The service will be provided for North Myrtle Beach residents only.

Paper only -- maximum of 3 bags or boxes of paper documents.

Residents must transport the documents they wish to shred to the North Myrtle Beach Sanitation Department Transfer Station located on 2nd Avenue South, where Shred360 will be located. (Once on 2nd Avenue South drive toward the Intracoastal Waterway past City Hall and the Aquatic & Fitness Center. The drop site is on the right hand side of 2nd Avenue South.)

The annual Citywide Home Cleanup Day is sponsored by the Keep North Myrtle Beach Beautiful Commission, the North Myrtle Beach Sanitation Department and the City of North Myrtle Beach.

The Keep North Myrtle Beach Beautiful Commission offers a community based volunteer program to educate and empower the North Myrtle Beach community to personally improve the environment and enhance quality of life and community pride through beautification, litter prevention and recycling.

The Keep North Myrtle Beach Beautiful Commission is an affiliate of Keep America Beautiful.

-- Volunteers: If you would like to help with the Cleanup Day, please call (843) 280-5673 or email to volunteer.

In the accompanying photo, Recreation Programs Operations Director Gregg Barnhill surveys some of the items brought to the City's Transfer Station by residents during a previous Cleanup Day.

S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) Releases New Proposed Beachfront Jurisdictional Line for Public Comment Through November 6, 2017

The SC Department of Health & Environmental Control's (DHEC) Office of Ocean and Coastal Resource Management (OCRM) is required by law to establish and periodically review the position of two lines of beachfront jurisdiction once every seven to ten years. The lines were last reviewed from 2008-2010. These lines guide beachfront shoreline development and support the state’s beachfront management goals.

DHEC establishes two lines of beachfront jurisdiction - the baseline and the setback line. The baseline is the more seaward of the two jurisdictional lines, while the setback line is the landward line. To locate and establish the baseline and setback line, DHEC utilizes the best available scientific and historical data, including state-of-the art LIDAR, GPS and aerial photography.

According to statute, the jurisdictional baseline position established through the current process must not be moved seaward from its position on December 31, 2017.

The setback area is NOT a "no-build" area. New and existing homes are allowed within the setback area under certain conditions and with authorization by the department. DHEC staff is available to assist citizens in understanding the lines and the process.
DHEC has developed an online tool that shows the proposed new lines in detail at

Additional information about the proposed beachfront jurisdictional lines, including a video on how the lines are developed, location details for public hearings and individual beach line reports are available at

DHEC will hold a public hearing for the Grand Strand Region on October 25, 6pm-8pm, at Horry-Georgetown Tech, Building 600, 950 Crabtree Lane, Myrtle Beach.

Public comments may also be submitted to DHEC-OCRM, Attn: Barbara Neale, 1362 McMillan Avenue, Suite 400, Charleston, SC 29405.

Facts - Paid Public Parking in the City of North Myrtle Beach

The city of North Myrtle Beach offers about 2,000 public parking spaces. 1,884 of those are free parking spaces and 116 are paid parking spaces. The city charges $1 per hour to park in the paid parking spaces. However, North Myrtle Beach property owners who have a non-commercial vehicle registered within the city limits on which city taxes are paid can acquire a free decal from the City and can park in all public parking spaces at no charge— call (843) 280-5651 for details.

The public parking spaces requiring a fee of $1 per hour are located in the public parking lots at 4th Avenue North (oceanfront), 3rd Avenue North (oceanfront), 4th Avenue South (second row) and 27th Avenue South (oceanfront).

These paid public parking spaces are NOT part of an initiative to move toward creating wholesale paid public parking in North Myrtle Beach. The four paid public parking lots are located adjacent to large accommodations. Many of their employees used to park all day in those parking lots, despite their employers having provided them with other parking opportunities. The City asked the accommodations to encourage their employees to park elsewhere, so that residents and visitors who are not working or staying at those accommodations could have the opportunity to use the parking spaces. The City made this request after receiving many complaints from residents and visitors alike. The employees did not change their practice, so the City turned the spaces into paid parking spaces. This has resulted in more parking spaces being available for use by residents and visitors.

North Myrtle Beach Area Historical Museum Seeks Volunteers

The North Myrtle Beach Area Historical Museum (799 2nd Avenue North) has a need for volunteers to assist with finishing exhibits for its reopening.

The Museum would also welcome volunteers to help greet visitors and to assist in the Museum Store.

To volunteer or to learn more about volunteer opportunities, please contact Executive Director Cathy Altman at (843) 427-7668 or email her at

You can also visit the Museum's website at

Enjoy a Free October 13 Showing of "Monster House (PG)" at McLean Park in North Myrtle Beach

You are invited to enjoy a free showing of the movie Monster House (PG) on Friday, October 13 at McLean Park in North Myrtle Beach. The movie starts 15 minutes after sunset, about 6:45 p.m.

Bring a beach chair or blanket.

Concessions will be available from the North Myrtle Beach Lions Club.

The free movie is part of the North Myrtle Beach Parks & Recreation Department’s Movies @ McLean series sponsored by North Strand Nissan.

About Monster House:Three teens discover that their neighbor's house is really a living, breathing, scary monster.

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

October Tree of the Month

The North Myrtle Beach Tree City Board has identified a unique Live Oak tree located at 3600 Seaview Street in the Windy Hill section of the city as its Tree of the Month for October.

The Live Oak is a wonderful, mature specimen in its own right but what is perhaps most admirable is the care that was taken to preserve it while the five townhouses around it were constructed. It is the perfect focal point for the development and it provides shade and a conversation point for residents and passersby. 

The Live Oak at 3600 Seaview Street is proof positive of what is possible when people make preservation a priority. Mature trees enhance property and its value. Any established trees that can be saved during construction provide a head start since transplanted trees typically take longer to establish and reach appreciable size and shape.

Property owners and developers who are interested in finding out 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 trees within the city that have been preserved over the years. 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) 280-5571 or via email at

Mayor Marilyn Hatley Proclaims October 9 as "Pandas/Pans Awareness Day" in North Myrtle Beach

During the October 2 North Myrtle Beach City Council meeting, Mayor Marilyn Hatley presented a Proclamation naming October 9 as PANDAS/PANS Awareness Day in North Myrtle Beach.

Her decision to issue the Proclamation came about when Claire Calhoun, a local volunteer for the PANDAS/PANS Research Advocacy Institute (PRAI), approached the Mayor to talk with her about the need to make more people with children aware of PANDAS/PANS related illnesses and their symptoms. Claire's young son, Sam, bravely deals with symptoms of PANS.

Having learned more about PANDAS/PANS, Mayor Hatley agreed to help increase local awareness.

PANDAS stands for Pediatric Autoimmune Neuropsychiatric Disorders Associated with Streptococcal Infections.

PANS stands for Pediatric Acute-onset Neuropsychiatric Syndrome.

A child suffering from PANDAS and/or PANS may have a sudden, dramatic change in personality displayed as Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), which can display as intense fear and anxiety. Accompanying symptoms may include tics, anxiety, depression, behavioral regression, deterioration in school performance, sensory sensitivities, severely restricted food intake, and more.

Both PANDAS and PANS are associated with infection-triggered autoimmune responses known as “molecular mimicry.” This occurs when our immune system mistakenly attacks normal body tissues because of the structural similarities between a particular molecule on an infectious agent and the molecules in our own body tissues.

Rheumatic Fever is one example of molecular mimicry where the immune system attacks the heart valves in some individuals after experiencing a strep infection. In PANDAS and PANS, something similar occurs where antibodies are triggered to attack a part of the brain called the Basal Ganglia, resulting in deterioration of movement, cognitive perception, habit, executive "logic based" thinking, emotions, and the endocrine system.

PANDAS requires symptom onset prior to puberty. The age cap is based on studies that indicated that 98% of 12-year-olds have immunity against strep infections and, therefore, could not develop post-streptococcal sequelae, such as PANDAS.

PANS has no age limitation, but symptoms typically begin during the grade-school years. Patients can also have their initial symptom onset during adolescence.

A conservative estimate is that there are 162,000 cases of PANDAS/PANS in the United States alone. PANDAS/PANS is likely as common as Pediatric Cancer and Pediatric Diabetes, and can seriously affect the healthy outcome of a child’s life.

For more information on PANDAS/PANS, please visit

Shown left to right in the accompanying photo are Mayor Marilyn Hatley, Sam Calhoun, Claire Calhoun.