Dune Restoration Work Underway in North Myrtle Beach

The city of North Myrtle Beach dune restoration project is underway.

The $616,000 project with A.O. Hardee & Son as the contractor will use up to 60,000 cubic yards of sand to restore sand dunes from 45th Avenue South to 48th Avenue South and from 42nd Avenue North to 55th Avenue North.

Dunes is these areas were severely eroded or destroyed by Hurricane Matthew, leaving oceanfront structures exposed to potentially damaging storm surge.

The contractor started in the Cherry Grove section and is working north to south along the beach.

Sand used in the project comes from a dredging spoils basin located on Little River Neck Road. The sand currently in the basin is from the Cherry Grove dredging project. Prior to dredging the canals, sand located in the canals was tested and found to be compatible with existing dune and beach sand.

Street trucks haul sand from the spoils basin to the beach off-road vehicles carry the sand along the beach to the dune line. From there, bulldozers work to achieve the desired dune berm configuration, which is 7 feet high by 35 feet wide.

There may be some intermittent closures of sections of beach, particularly when the tide is high.

The dune restoration work follows the recently completed $10.6 million U.S. Army Corps of Engineers emergency beach renourishment project, which focused on protecting previously exposed oceanfront structures from storm surge.

North Myrtle Beach Shop With a Cop Charity Golf Tournament Moved to December 15

Due to rain that has already fallen and the 100 percent forecast for rain tomorrow, the annual North Myrtle Beach Shop With A Cop Charity Golf Tournament, previously scheduled forDecember 8, has been moved to December 15.

The tournament will still start at 11:00 a.m. on the Fazio Course at Barefoot Resort & Golf. All other aspects of the tournament also remain the same.

Registered teams may contact the North Myrtle Beach Parks & Recreation Department at 843-280-5584. If you have not yet registered for the tournament but would like to do so, please call the same phone number.

Proceeds from the seventh annual tournament go to theShop with a Cop program, managed by the North Myrtle Beach Public Safety Department.

Shop with a Cop is a Christmas program for children in need at the Ocean Drive Elementary School. Guidance Counselors at the school choose children to receive the benefits of this program. Children enjoy lunch and receive a $150 Walmart gift card.

North Myrtle Beach police officers and volunteers help guide children on purchasing presents and necessity items, such as winter coats. The goal is to raise enough money to provide an unforgettable Christmas for children in the community.

Tournament fees are $65 per person or $260 per team. Players may register individually or as a team.

The tournament fee includes green fees, cart, range balls, non-alcoholic beverages, continental breakfast, lunch, a $10,000 hole-on-one contest, and three additional hole-in-one contests valued at $500 each.

Applications for the 2018 North Myrtle Beach Citizens Academy Now Being Accepted

The City of North Myrtle Beach is now accepting applications for its 2018 Citizens Academy from North Myrtle Beach residents who wish to participate. Participation in the academy is free.

The deadline for submitting applications is December 22 at 5:00 p.m.

The first meeting of Citizens Academy participants will be Thursday, January 11 at 3:00 p.m.
 at City Hall.

The 2018 North Myrtle Beach Citizens Academy will expose participants to all facets of North Myrtle Beach government, and will include tours of key City facilities.

The schedule for North Myrtle Beach Citizens Academy meetings is as follows:

·     January 11, 3:00 p.m.-4:30 p.m.  Focus on City Manager, Legislative, Administrative and Legal divisions and current issues facing the City. Tour of the City’s public safety facility.

·     January 18, 3:00 p.m.-4:30 p.m.  Focus on Public Works Department – water, wastewater, streets, storm water, and sanitation. Includes tour of pump station and water tank facilities at Little River Neck Road and tour of water tank facility at Main Street.

·     January 25, 3:00 p.m.-4:30 p.m.  Continued focus on Public Works Department – water, wastewater, streets, storm water, and sanitation. Includes tour of the solid waste transfer station and waste water treatment plant.

·     February 1, 3:00 p.m.-4:30 p.m.  Focus on Parks & Recreation Department – athletics, sports tourism, grounds maintenance, programs, events, Aquatics & Fitness Center, Keep North Myrtle Beach Beautiful, beach services. Tour of the Aquatic & Fitness Center.

·     February 8, 3:00 p.m.-4:30 p.m.  Continued focus on Parks & Recreation – athletics, sports tourism, grounds maintenance, programs, events, Aquatics & Fitness Center, Keep North Myrtle Beach Beautiful, beach services. Tour of NMB Park & Sports Complex.

·     February 15, 3:00 p.m.-4:30 p.m.  Focus on Planning & Zoning, Human Resources, Support Services, Finance and Information Technology Departments.

·     A Graduation Ceremony will be scheduled with the group to occur at a City Council Meeting.

Applications are available at City Hall or via https://tinyurl.com/yco5tcyk or at www.NMB.usunder "Press Releases" on the homepage.

More Information: City Clerk Merideth Smith at (843) 280-5604 or mjsmith@nmb.us