RESULTS: April 2 North Myrtle Beach City Council Meeting

During the April 2 North Myrtle Beach City Council Meeting, Mayor Marilyn Hatley presented a Proclamation to the North Myrtle Beach Woman’s Club naming April 2018 as National Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention Month in North Myrtle Beach.

In her Proclamation, Mayor Hatley noted that child abuse and neglect is a serious problem affecting every segment of a community. Finding solutions to prevent child abuse and neglect requires input and action from everyone in a community.

Child abuse can have lifelong psychological, emotional, and physical consequences for the abused. Effective child abuse prevention activities succeed because of meaningful connections and partnerships created between child welfare, education, health, community and faith-based organizations, businesses, and law enforcement agencies.

Mayor Hatley asked all North Myrtle Beach citizens to dedicate themselves to the task of helping to improve quality of life for all children and families.

City Council approved a special event permit for the Anderson Estep Cherry Grove Surfing Championship set for April 21, 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. north of the Cherry Grove Pier in the designated surf area. The event honors the memory of Anderson Todd Estep, a 19-year-old surfer who in June 2013 was lost in the waves brought to the Grand Strand by Tropical Storm Andrea.

City Council passed second (final) reading of an ordinance amending Chapter 23, Zoning of the Code of Ordinances of North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina (ZTX-18-0 1). The amendment resolves some conflicts and inconsistencies in the Zoning Ordinance by standardizing the use of private streets in all residential districts.

City Council passed second reading of an ordinance annexing a 0.24-acre lot located on Wyndell Drive off 13th Avenue North. The zoning for the lot is HC (Highway Commercial).

City Council adopted a Resolution approving mutual aid agreements with 10 South Carolina police agencies to assist in managing the impact of the Town of Atlantic Beach 2018 Black Pearl Memorial Day & Bike Fest on the city of North Myrtle Beach. The agencies include the Charleston County Sheriff's Office, Columbia Police Department, Goose Creek Police Department, Greenville County Sheriff's Office, Irmo Police Department, Lexington Police Department, Loris Police Department, North Charleston Police Department, Rock Hill Police Department, and Spartanburg Police Department.

City Council discussed the potential for developing legislation pertaining to a potential ban on plastic bags and Styrofoam. Council members agreed that plastic bags and Styrofoam present major problems for the environment, marine life and wildlife. While they would prefer to achieve a countywide solution to the problem, if that is not feasible they appear to be willing to explore a purely local solution.

Council members agreed that a workshop involving input from the business community, Keep North Myrtle Beach Beautiful, the North Myrtle Beach Turtle Patrol, city staff offering summaries of laws from other cities and counties, and input from other groups would be a good first step in determining the complexity of the issue as it exists in North Myrtle Beach. A date was not set for the workshop.

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