From the City of North Myrtle Beach - Illegal Tree Cutting

From the City of North Myrtle Beach:
The City is aware, and code enforcement officers are responding, that some homeowners are taking advantage of Hurricane Florence to have hardwood and other protected trees cut on their properties. Their contractors are also placing the debris at curbside for the City to pick up. (Example of both: Tree cutting occurring on Golf View Drive.)
First, it is illegal to cut protected trees without a permit from the City and homeowners who allow this to happen face a fine.
Second, if your contractor or hired help places debris at curbside, the City will not pick it up and the homeowner will have to arrange for their own pickup.

For more information, please call Paul Blust at 843-280-5563 or come to City Hall and the Planning Department and request that someone come out to review your tree-cutting plans.

City of North Myrtle Beach Update - September 17

-- Hurricane debris pickup continues at a good pace. Public works is operating 3 knuckle-boom loaders and thus far has taken 9 loads of debris to the City transfer station and 17 tons of debris to the landfill. Crews will keep on working until the debris is gone.

-- Homeowners and others be aware-- if you hire tree companies or others to help you with your debris, they must have a City business license, they must remove the debris from your property and they must dispose of it properly. The city only picks up debris from curbside that property owners have generated.

-- Other sanitation services are being provided on their normal schedule this week

-- Under "normal" post-hurricane conditions, the majority of people who evacuate tend to return en masse to the city, making debris collection a one or two-time exercise. This time around, however, people will be returning in "waves" over an extended period of time, and when they get home they will be moving their hurricane debris to the edge of the road for the City to pick up. They may also be throwing out the spoiled contents of their freezers and refrigerators from when the power was out. The City is aware of this and will be servicing both sides of the equation until all are back and the work is complete.

-- As you are returning to Horry County and North Myrtle Beach, be aware that as this week progresses, river flooding in various parts of Horry County will continue to build. This may slow or in some case halt progress to the North Myrtle Beach (which is not flooded).

-- City Council and City management continue to work on the logistics for Hurricane Florence recovery. The goal is to work the recovery side hard, and to also work to continue to provide normal activities for those who are back, including normal operation of recreational facilities. There are times when this may be a double-edged sword with respect to person-power but good scheduling and willing employees have made the difference so far.

City of North Myrtle Beach Hurricane Reentry and Other Procedures

MANDATORY EVACUATION PROCEDURES

IF the Governor issues an evacuation order, evacuation routes will be managed as follows
-- Once the Governor issues a mandatory evacuation, lane reversals automatically occur for two sections of Highway 501— U.S. Highway 501 from SC 544 to SC 378, and U.S. Highway 501 from SC 22 to the U.S. Highway 501/SC 576 split in Marion. Once you enter a Lane reversal pattern, you will not be able to get back out. Never enter a lane reversal pattern unless directed to do so by law enforcement.
-- The Horry County evacuation plan to which all in North Myrtle Beach are subject requires all people located north of Briarcliffe Acres to evacuate via SC 9 North to I-95 and beyond.
-- These requirements stem from 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.

REENTRY PROCEDURES
When reentering the city of North Myrtle Beach after a hurricane evacuation, property owners, renters and business owners should be prepared to show either their driver’s license, a copy of a recent water bill or property tax bill, a rental agreement, or other form of identity that proves residency or property ownership within the city.
Owners of businesses with employees who do not reside within the city limits but who are essential to business recovery should provide those employees with a letter written on company letterhead identifying them as being essential to the recovery of the business. When identifying an employee, please use their name as shown on their driver’s license so that authorities can match the two for verification.
The City of North Myrtle Beach does not require filing residency or business information prior to a storm.
The City’s goal is for the return of property owners and others to North Myrtle Beach as soon as possible following a hurricane evacuation so that all can help in the recovery process. However, some areas of the city may not be safe or essential utilities damaged, resulting in delayed reentry to the affected locations.
Be aware that other jurisdictions that you may travel through on your return to North Myrtle Beach from a hurricane evacuation (State, County, or other municipality) may have different identification requirements or different reentry priorities depending on damage that may have occurred in their jurisdictions.

KNOW YOUR ZONE!
 Know your zone

You may remember that different areas of Horry County, including North Myrtle Beach, have been assigned different “Zones” with respect to the potential impact of hurricane storm surge on a given land area.
IF a hurricane is to strike our area with force, and IF the Governor calls for a mandatory evacuation, he might do so by identifying the ZONES that must evacuate. The zone locations in Horry County are as follows:
ZONE A
All areas east of U.S. 17 Business (Kings Highway), up to intersection with U.S. 17 (Kings Highway) and then all areas east of U.S. 17 (Kings Highway) 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.
The Horry County Emergency Management Department provides an interactive Zone Map. Access County information at www.horrycounty.org.

CONTRACTORS
-- Contractors who enter the City of North Myrtle Beach to perform works following a hurricane are required to have a current South Carolina contractor's license, a North Myrtle Beach business license, and a building permit tied to a specific job. Come to the North Myrtle Beach City Hall at 1018 Second Avenue South and ask for the Building Division.

-- For your own safety and well-being, property owners and business owners should not do business with contractors who cannot show you a current South Carolina contractor's license and a current City of North Myrtle Beach business license. A building permit is also required for most jobs.

HOW WILL THE CITY OF NORTH MYRTLE BEACH STAY IN TOUCH WITH YOU?
During a hurricane emergency, the City will communicate advisory, damage assessment, reentry and other information to the public using these resources:
-- www.NMB.us (See “Press Releases” on the home page)
-- Via our Email News Group, whose members receive all news releases at the same time we send them to the news media. This is a free service. To be included in the Email News Group, provide your email address to Pat Dowling at pcdowling@nmb.us Please specify if you want to receive all City-related news or only hurricane-related information. We will not use your email address for any other purpose. You can opt out at any time.
The City also forwards its information to local and regional news media outlets, Horry County Emergency Management, the North Myrtle Beach Chamber of Commerce, and the Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce.
The North Myrtle Beach Chamber of Commerce shares City of North Myrtle Beach announcements with its members and its social media audiences.
The Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce serves as the umbrella agency for the Area Recovery Council (ARC), which serves as a clearinghouse for information from all sources within Horry County during hurricanes and other disasters.
Questions about City of North Myrtle Beach procedures? Contact Pat Dowling at pcdowling@nmb.us

28th Annual Beach Sweep/Creek Sweep is September 15 in North Myrtle Beach

Keep North Myrtle Beach Beautiful will again sponsor the annual North Myrtle Beach Beach Sweep/Creek Sweep on Saturday, September 15, 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

Volunteers can check in starting at 8:30 a.m. at the 53rd Avenue North Boat Ramp in Cherry Grove. Lunch for volunteers starts at 11:00 a.m. at the boat ramp.

Individuals or groups who want to participate in this year's clean up may contact Gregg Barnhill at 843-280-5673 or dgbarnhill@nmb.us.

All ages are welcome!

Volunteers will be cleaning the ocean front areas of North Myrtle Beach and some areas of the marsh in Cherry Grove.

North Myrtle Beach Beach Sweep/Creek Sweep is part of S.C. Beach Sweep/River Sweep, South Carolina’s largest one-day volunteer cleanup. Each year thousands of South Carolinians clear beaches, rivers, lakes, marshes, and swamps of debris. The cleanup, organized by the S.C. Sea Grant Consortium and the S.C. Department of Natural Resources, has taken place annually since 1988. It takes place in conjunction with the International Coastal Cleanup, coordinated by the Ocean Conservancy. Once the Sweep is over, the Ocean Conservancy tallies all of the debris data. This data helps to identify sources of litter, which helps efforts to prevent litter before it starts.

Keep North Myrtle Beach Beautiful is a volunteer committee focused on educating and empowering the North Myrtle Beach community to personally improve the environment and enhance quality of life and community pride through beautification, litter prevention and recycling.

Volunteer Groups and Sponsors
Keep North Myrtle Beach Beautiful, Sea Grant Consortium, Palmetto Pride, Driftwood Garden Club, Optimist Club, Yaupon Garden Club, North Myrtle Beach Pilot Club, Sea Oates Garden Club, North Strand Sail and Power Squadron, Sea Coast Anglers, North Myrtle Beach Public Safety Department, North Myrtle Beach Public Works Department, North Myrtle Beach Parks & Recreation Department, Clemson Extension Service, American Legion Post 186, OD Shag Club, North Myrtle Beach High School National Honor Society, North Myrtle Beach Volunteer Rescue Squad, All North Myrtle Beach Schools, South Carolina Department of Health & Environmental Control, and many individual volunteers from the area.

August 20 North Myrtle Beach City Council Meeting Agenda

The North Myrtle Beach City Council will meet on Monday, August 20, 7:00 p.m. at City Hall.

To access the meeting agenda, please follow this link:https://tinyurl.com/y88ekmq9or visit www.nmb.us and look under "Agendas" or "Press Releases" on the home page.

PLEASE NOTE: Anyone requiring an auxiliary aid or service for effective communication or participation should contact 843-280-5555 as soon as possible but no later than 24 hours before the meeting.

Enjoy Rocketman, a Tribute to Elton John, in a Free August 17 Concert at the NMB Park & Sports Complex

Enjoy Rocketman, a tribute to Elton John, in a FREE August 17, 7:30 p.m.-9:00 p.m. concert at Sandhills Bank Amphitheater in the North Myrtle Beach Park & Sports Complex.

The band Flirt will open the show from 7:00 p.m.-7:30 p.m.

The free concert is part of the Sounds of Summer concert series presented by the North Myrtle Beach Parks & Recreation Department, Avista Resort, and RV Outlet USA.

Rocketman takes great pains to ensure that you will feel like you are attending a real Elton John concert. Their costumes are exact replicas of those worn by Elton John, and state of the art lighting is employed.

Rocketman is ultimately about the songs. Anyone who loves Elton John and his music will love this show!

Bring a beach chair.

For more information onRocketman, visithttp://rocketmantribute.com

For day of event weather information call the “Rec Check” hotline: (843) 280-5594 Ext. 3.

Parking Consultant Update From the City of North Myrtle Beach

PARKING CONSULTANT UPDATE

A Request for Proposals (RFP) for a parking consultant or firm to assist the City in developing short-term and long-term public parking plans for North Myrtle Beach has been issued.

Responses to the RFP are due by the close of business on August 24.

It is projected that selection of a consultant would occur around mid-September, and that the successful consultant would start work soon thereafter.

As part of the consulting process, ideas and concerns will be solicited from City Council, City staff, residents, businesses and the general public. SCDOT will also participate in the process.

Final approval of resulting short-term and long-term public parking plans rests with City Council.

A short-term public parking plan would be implemented in spring/summer 2019.

A long-term public parking plan would identify phases to be implemented over several years, together with potential costs and potential revenue sources.

City Council to Meet in a July 30, 2:00 p.m. Workshop to Discuss the Pros and Cons of Bans on Single-Use Plastic Bags

The members of the North Myrtle Beach City Council will meet in a Monday, July 30, 2:00 p.m. Workshop to discuss the pros and cons of bans on single-use plastic bags.

While open to the public, City Council Workshops are not Public Hearings. Workshops provide Council members with the time needed to discuss complex issues. If there is time toward the end of the Workshop, members of the public may be called upon for comments. This Workshop is only the first step in a longer process of consideration.

As requested, City staff will provide City Council with an overview of single-use plastic bag ban ordinances enacted by other cities, and the results of some studies pertaining to the effectiveness or lack thereof of such bans. We will provide a link to this information once it has been provided to City Council.

Elements of the U.S. Army Special Operations Command will Participate in a July 26 Training Exercise (Water Jump) in the city of North Myrtle Beach

On Thursday, July 26, elements of the U.S. Army Special Operations Command will participate in a regularly scheduled training exercise (water jump) in North Myrtle Beach.

Special Operations Soldiers regularly conduct exercises outside of military installations in order to provide realistic environments to better prepare them for operations abroad.

The City of North Myrtle Beach advises residents and visitors that in order to help facilitate this military exercise, the public parking lot at 27th Avenue South will close the morning of July 26 and will remain closed until the military exercise is complete.

During the military exercise, a section of the beach at 27th Avenue South will close.

The public may watch the military exercise, which will occur from about 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. and involves Special Operations Soldiers parachuting into offshore waters and making their return to shore in the area of 27th Avenue South, practicing all required skills.

Results - July 16 North Myrtle Beach City Council Meeting

Prior to their July 16 meeting, the members of the North Myrtle Beach City Council met in executive session for a legal briefing regarding the City of North Myrtle Beach vs SLF IV/SBI Sandridge LLC, et al Case Number 2017-CP-26-05918. Council took no action.

During the July 16 City Council Meeting, Mayor Marilyn Hatley presented Sheryl Randall with a Proclamation honoring her retirement from Horry County Schools after 30 years of exemplary service. Sheryl also has a long-standing and strong history in the North Myrtle Beach area as an active member of the community.

Sheryl began her service with Horry County Schools in 1988 and served as the North Myrtle Beach Middle School Director of Chorus during her time with that school. Sheryl’s commitment to inspiring each child in her care to develop an understanding and love for music has helped bring the joy of music to many children who would not otherwise have had that opportunity.

Through her own musical performances and those of the North Myrtle Beach Middle School Choir, which she directed, Sheryl shared many wonderful moments with the community.

Sheryl and the North Myrtle Beach Middle School Choir have also played important roles in the annual North Strand Community Prayer & Praise Event.

We wish Sheryl the very best in retirement.

City Council passed first reading of a proposed ordinance amending Chapter 20, Land Development Regulations, of the Code of Ordinances of the City of North Myrtle Beach.

Prior to second (final) reading, City Council will hold a workshop session on the proposed ordinance. The workshop is scheduled for July 24 at 2:00 p.m. at City Hall.

Planning & Development Department staff proposed a text amendment to the Land Development Regulations to address additional points of access into and out of residential subdivisions.

Under the proposed amendment, residential developments containing between 30 and 50 lots or dwelling units would have to provide one separate fire apparatus access road as required by the latest edition of the South Carolina Fire Code, in addition to one improved primary access road.

Residential developments containing between 51 and 249 lots or dwelling units would include a minimum of two improved primary access roads.

Residential developments of 250 or more lots or dwelling units would provide a minimum of three separate and improved primary access roads.

The proposed amendment allows fire apparatus access roads to be located within a private easement but all primary access roads must be located within a public or private right-of-way. In exceptional cases, the City’s Planning Commission may wave requirements.

The Planning Commission conducted a public hearing on June 19 and voted unanimously to recommend approval to City Council. No members of the public commented on the proposed additional accesses.

City Council passed first reading of an ordinance to adopt the proposed 2018 Comprehensive Plan.

The South Carolina Local Government Comprehensive Planning Enabling Act of 1994 requires local governments that adopt land use controls such as zoning and subdivision/land development regulations to develop and maintain a planning process. One aspect of this process is adoption of a comprehensive plan every 10 years to provide the vision directing and planning the future of the community. The Planning Commission prepares this document and reviews the comprehensive plan at least once every five years.

The nine elements required by the State for inclusion in the City’s comprehensive plan are population, economic development, natural resources, cultural resources, community facilities, housing, land use, transportation, and priority investment. The community facilities, housing, land use, and priority investment elements are required components of the comprehensive plan and provide legal support for the City's land development and zoning regulations.

The Planning Commission, assisted by staff, has been working on the re-evaluation and update of the comprehensive plan since the spring of 2015. The community participated in this process in two phases. Seamon Whiteside and Urban Edge Studio led the first phase and Stantec the second. The first phase occurred in May of 2015, focusing on interactive stakeholder meetings. Stantec held stakeholder meetings in May 2016 and focused on collaborative design work.

The Planning Commission and City Council conducted a joint June 21, 2017 workshop to review the draft comprehensive plan. The Planning Commission unanimously adopted a resolution recommending that City Council adopt the 2018 comprehensive plan at its June 19, 2018 meeting.

To view or download the proposed 2018 Comprehensive Plan, which offers many explanatory photos and graphics, visitwww.NMB.us and look under “Press Releases.”

During the public comment portion of the meeting, Mayor Hatley informed those in attendance that City Council will hold a July 30, 2:00 p.m. workshop at City Hall to discuss plastics bags and a variety of ordinances enacted by other cities to ban them from their beaches. Some members of the public have asked Council to consider such a ban.

Mayor Hatley indicated that, if after considerable study the City were to head down that road, it would most likely be in a gradual or phased-in manner, so that businesses would have time to adjust financially, residents and visitors would have time to become familiar with a new process, the Police Department would have time to determine how to enforce such a law along with all of the other beach-related laws it is expected to enforce, and other impacts could be understood and accounted for.

Although the public can attend City Council workshops, they are not public hearings. Workshops are intended for Council members to be able to discuss among themselves key issues that require more time than regular meetings allow. If there is time toward the end of a workshop, the Mayor may call on members of the public for their comments.

Traffic Plan & Reminders For the July 4th Fireworks Show at Cherry Grove Pier in North Myrtle Beach

People who go to the July 4th professional fireworks show at the Cherry Grove Pier should be aware of the following:

-- Show starts at 9:30 p.m. and ends at 10:00 p.m.

-- Operating a golf cart after dark is prohibited.

-- The sale, possession or use of fireworks in the city limits of North Myrtle Beach is prohibited. (The Cherry Grove Pier fireworks display is a permitted professional event.)

-- During the fireworks show, the 3500 block of North Ocean Boulevard (area where Cherry Grove Pier is located) is closed.

-- NEW: Parking is not allowed in the median on Ocean Boulevard.

As has been the case in years past, immediately following the fireworks show public safety personnel will initiate a reverse traffic pattern in Cherry Grove in order to accommodate the large number of vehicles leaving the Cherry Grove area. During traffic reversal the following will occur:

-- Ocean Boulevard traffic will not turn on to Sea Mountain Highway but will move northbound and southbound only.

-- Motorists will access Highway 17 North via 11th Avenue North.

-- All northbound traffic on Nixon Street and Duffy Street will make a right-hand turn on to Sea Mountain Highway.

-- All eastbound traffic on Sea Mountain Highway will turn right at Duffy Street and proceed to Ocean Boulevard via 22nd Avenue North.

-- Once fireworks show traffic has exited the Cherry Grove area, public safety personnel will initiate a return to normal traffic patterns.  

Please be patient and exercise caution entering and exiting the Cherry Grove area prior to, during and immediately following the July 4th fireworks display. It is a very popular event and traffic congestion can be very heavy.

North Myrtle Beach Public Parking Update

The City of North Myrtle Beach will soon identify and hire a consultant or consulting firm versed in traffic engineering and public parking in oceanfront cities dependent on tourism.

The consultant will work to develop a short-term parking plan for North Myrtle Beach for the primary 2019 tourism season and a long-term parking plan that will identify and project public parking needs for the next five to ten years, resulting in a phased plan that takes into account projected costs and potential funding sources.

In developing short-term and long-term public parking plans, the consultant will solicit input from City Council, City management, residents, property owners, business owners and visitors. The consultant will hold interactive workshops, during which members of the public can contribute their ideas for potential parking solutions and identify their concerns.

The consultant will also help the City to assess the benefits or lack thereof of “free” and “paid” parking, and their potential impacts on residents, property owners, business owners, and visitors.

The City’s goal is to emerge from this process having achieved reasonable, practical short-term and long-term public parking plans.

IN THE MEANTIME, THESE THINGS WILL ALSO OCCUR:

-- Until further notice, parking is prohibited in the median along Ocean Boulevard.

-- Traffic cones currently lining the edges of the median along Ocean Boulevard will be removed and “No Parking” signs will be installed in the median.

-- From June 27, 2018, onward, no person may place an obstruction of any kind in a public right-of-way in the city of North Myrtle Beach. Obstructions placed in a public right-of-way on and after June 27, 2018 will be removed. To determine the width of a public right-of-way along a roadway, please contact the North Myrtle Beach Public Works Department at 843-280-5500.

-- The City will begin to address obstructions that property owners have placed in public rights-of-way citywide prior to June 27, 2018, initially focusing on privately erected "no parking" signs and other easily removable obstructions. City personnel will communicate directly with each property owner to explain why and when obstructions must be removed.

-- The City will wait until its consultant has reviewed available and potential parking locations before addressing other larger obstructions that property owners have placed in public rights-of-way.