Road & Intersection Closing and Parking Opportunities for March 16 St. Patrick's Day Parade & Festival in North Myrtle Beach

For a listing of roads and intersections that close for the March 16 St. Patrick's Day Parade & Festival, please follow this link:http://tinyurl.com/y5tfs8bh or visit www.nmb.us and look under "Press Releases" on the homepage.

PARKING OPPORTUNITIES

Spectators gathering to watch the parade should be in place by 8:20 a.m.

Main Street closes to vehicular traffic promptly at 8:30 a.m. The parade begins at 8:50 a.m.

Ocean Boulevard is open to vehicular traffic until 8:30 a.m. and is expected to reopen around 11:30 a.m., immediately following the parade.

Main Street from Ash Street to Ocean Boulevard is closed after the parade and becomes the festival area. A record 184 vendors are sharing their offerings at this year's festival.

ON-SITE PUBLIC PARKING

-- Open grass lot between Barefoot Church and BB&T, 601 Main Street
-- McLean Park, 93 Oak Drive
-- Grass lot on the corner of 2nd Avenue North and Ocean Boulevard, 200 North Ocean Boulevard

OFF-SITE PARKING PICKUPS

*Buses will run continuously from 8:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m.

-- Ocean Drive Elementary School, 901 11th Avenue North
-- Corner of 8th Avenue North & Ocean Boulevard
-- Corner of 12th Avenue North & Ocean Boulevard
-- Corner of 14th Avenue North & Ocean Boulevard
-- Corner of 17th Avenue North & Ocean Boulevard

*Buses provided are not wheelchair accessible. Please use the open grass lot between Barefoot Church and BB&T, 601 Main Street

Free New Family-Friendly Event in North Myrtle Beach: "Pedal in the Park"

The North Myrtle Beach Parks & Recreation Department announces a new event-- Pedal in the Park!
Bring your bicycles out to the North Myrtle Beach Park & Sports Complex March 22nd at 7:00 pm to get ready for a leisurely 3-mile starlit bike ride. The ride starts at 7:30 pm and begins and ends at The Sandhills Bank Amphitheater.
THIS IS NOT A RACE, so you can bike at your own pace.
This is a FREE event that will be sure to get the whole family moving! Wear your brightest neon and glow accessories. If you don't have any, there will be light-up merchandise for purchase before start time. Optional, of course.
After the ride, enjoy a nice cool down and a dance party that promises to be a “glowing” good time!
Refreshments will be available for a small fee.

Results - March 4 North Myrtle Beach City Council Meeting

During the March 4 City Council meeting, City Council recognized and presented certificates of completion to North Myrtle Beach residents who graduated from the 2019 North Myrtle Beach Citizens Academy.

Academy participants learned about work performed by City departments, their projects and some of the challenges they face. They also toured key City facilities.

Citizen Academy graduates include Sheila Benson, Brittany Callahan, James Van Cooper, Brandon Downey, John Hedrick, Teresa Hedrick, Deborah Lashley, Susan Platt, Jim Rudge, Pam Rudge, Edward Silver, and Tim Weis.

We thank these residents for their interest in and commitment to the city of North Myrtle Beach.

City Council passed a motion to reappoint Mary Caroline Driggers and Ruth Anne Ellis to the North Myrtle Beach Tree City Board.

City Council passed a motion to approve a special event permit for the Society of Shaggers (SOS) May 4, 1:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m. parade, which starts on Main Street. For more in the parade, please visit www.shagdance.com

City Council adopted a Resolution to approve the mutual aid agreements for Memorial Day weekend. As in years past, in order to ensure that traffic moves as smoothly as possible during the very crowded weekend, the City will be assisted by officers from 16 out-of-area South Carolina police departments. The mutual aid agreements lay out the terms by which the City and the different police agencies operate.

City Council passed second (final reading) of an ordinance to rezone 1.96 acres of land located on Commons Boulevard from Highway Commercial (HC) to Mid-Rise Multifamily Residential (R-2). The property is currently vacant and undeveloped.

City Council passed second reading of an ordinance to amend several sections within Chapter 3, of the North Myrtle Beach Code of Ordinances entitled,Alcoholic Beverages,establishing a festival zone that allows beer and wine to be consumed in approved areas of shopping and/or entertainment destinations of 10 or more acres.

A property owner must apply to the City for a permit to have a festival zone within their location. The application process requires the property owner to submit a map depicting the exact boundaries of the desired festival zone, a detailed narrative of how the property owner would manage the possession and consumption of beer and wine within the festival zone, and other facts. The property owner must submit the permit application to the City Manager and Director of Public Safety for review and comment, resulting in a recommendation to City Council at least 30 days prior to the meeting at which City Council would consider the permit request.

If Council approves a permit request for a festival zone, the City Manager monitors compliance of the approved plan. If the City Manager determines that a permit holder has violated the terms or parameters of an approved festival zone, the City Manager at his sole discretion has the authority to suspend or revoke a festival zone permit.

City Council approved first reading of an ordinance to extend the lease between the City of North Myrtle Beach and T-Mobile regarding placement of its telecommunication equipment on the Duffy Street water tower. T-Mobile would like to extend the lease beyond the expiration date of May 20, 2021.

City Council passed first reading of an ordinance to amend the Prince Resort Planned Development District (PDD) to allow for a Hampton Inn & Suites featuring 127 one-bedroom units and a parking garage.

The PDD, approved in 2004, allows for construction of one oceanfront tower and a second-row parking garage with residential units on top. The remaining oceanfront and second-row lots remained vacant for future development consisting of a second oceanfront tower and second-row parking garage. The Hampton Inn & Suites would replace the planned second tower and the second parking garage would be constructed.

One hundred forty-seven public parking spaces for use by the public would be available within the amended PDD. They majority of the public parking spaces would be located within the two parking garages, plus seven surface lot parking spaces.

City Council considered for discussion purposes a draft of a proposed ordinance to prohibitsingle-use carryout plastic bags at retail establishments in the city. The draft ordinance proposed an effective date of January 1, 2024 to allow retail establishments to expend their current stock of single-use carryout plastic bags and transition to reusable, recyclable or compostable alternatives, however, Council asked that the final draft of the proposed ordinance include an effective date of January 1, 2021. First reading of a proposed ordinance to prohibit single-use carryout plastic bags at retail establishments in the city will occur at the March 18 City Council meeting.

ACCOMPANYING PHOTOLeft to Right: Mayor Marilyn Hatley, Susan Platt, Deborah Lashley, James Van Cooper, Sheila Benson, John Hedrick, Brittany Callahan, Teresa Hedrick, Edward Silver, Tim Weis, City Manager Mike Mahaney.

31st Annual North Myrtle Beach St. Patrick’s Day Parade & Festival is March 16 on Main Street

The 31st Annual North Myrtle Beach St. Patrick’s Day Parade & Festival is March 16 on Main Street. The parade begins at 9:00 a.m. and the festival is 11:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.

The one-day rain or shine event attracts more than 30,000 people annually.

The North Myrtle Beach Chamber of Commerce is the St. Patrick’s Day Parade presenting sponsor. The North Strand Optimist Club organizes the parade, and all entry fees go back into helping the youth of our community.

The St. Patrick’s Day Festival offers over 150 food, arts and crafts, nonprofit, and other vendors.

There will be a Kids Area with games and rides sponsored by Fun Warehouse.

The Food Area, sponsored by South Atlantic Bank, will have delicious Irish treats as well as festival favorites.

Come celebrate all things Irish!

The St. Patrick’s Day Festival offers three entertainment stages.

The current entertainment lineup is as follows:

Flynn’s Irish Tavern Stage
11:00 AM: Brendan O’Connor
11:45 AM: Coastal Carolina Shields Pipes & Drums
12:00 PM: Brendan O’Connor
12:45 PM: Wake District Pipes & Drums
1:00 PM: Tan & Sober Gentleman
2:15 PM: Leprechaun Contest
2:30 PM: Shepard’s Pie Eating Contest
2:45 PM: Tan & Sober Gentleman

Freedom Boat Club Community Stage – Oak Drive
11:15 AM: Triple Toe Cloggers
11:45 AM: Parade Awards
12:00 PM: Mark McKinney & Co.
1:00 PM: Coastal Carolina Shields Pipe & Drums
1:15 PM : Mark McKinney & Co.
2:00 PM: If Birds Could Fly

Paradise Adventure Golf Stage - Near Duffy Street Seafood Shack
11:00 AM: Cornbread
1:30 PM – 4:00 PM: Band on Fire

Two contests are part of this year’s festival:

31st Annual St. Patrick's Day Leprechaun Contest
Show off your love of all things Irish by competing in the 31st Annual St. Patrick’s Day Leprechaun Contest. Judges look for originality, creativity, appearance, enthusiasm and energy.

31st Annual St. Patrick's Day Shepherd's Pie Eating Contest
The first person to clear their plate without using their hands wins bragging rights and a stylish plaque. Register at the Main Stage at Flynn’s Irish Tavern before 2:00 p.m.

WPDE TV 15 is the Media Sponsor. Easy 105.9 is the Radio Sponsor.

February 25-26 FY City Council Budget Retreat Meeting and Executive Session


The North Myrtle Beach City Council will meet February 25-26 at Santee Cooper's Wampee Plantation Conference Center in Pinopolis, SC to discuss the City's proposed FY 2020 Budget. The meeting includes an executive session. The meeting is open to the public.

Access the formal meeting and executive session agenda at http://tinyurl.com/yxg3h47z or visit www.nmb.us and look under "Agendas" or "Press Releases."

City Council will formally open its two-day budget retreat meeting on February 25 at 8:00 a.m. at City Hall and will then immediately travel to Pinopolis, SC to continue the meeting and discuss the City’s proposed budget. The meeting will end after City Council has completed its budget discussions on February 26.

The City’s fiscal year is July 1-June 30. First reading of the proposed fiscal year budget ordinance usually occurs in May.

BUDGET RETREAT SCHEDULE

Monday, February 25, 2018
8:00am……......Depart for Pinopolis, SC
10:15-10:45......Arrive
10:45-11:45......Budget Overview & General Fund
12:00pm-1:00...Lunch
1:15-2:30..........Other Funds
2:30-3:00..........Break
3:00-3:30……...Executive Session – Legal Briefing (access formal agenda for details)
3:30-4:30……...Public Works Projects
4:30-5:00……...Recreation Projects
5:30-6:30..........Dinner

Tuesday, February 26, 2018
7:45am-9:00.....Breakfast
9:00-11:30........Priority Setting/Review
12:00pm-1:00...Lunch and Return Home
            

SOME BUDGET INITIATIVES FOR FY 2020

-- The proposed budget involves 17 separate funds with significant interrelations and transfers between the various funds.

-- The proposed FY 2020 budget is $91.6 million, about $4.6 million less that the FY 2019 Budget.

-- The budget proposes a property tax reduction of about 7.3 mills, reducing the millage rate from its current 43.3 mills to 36 mills. The proposed millage reduction includes the 6.1 mills levied eight years ago to pay off the $15 million bond issue for the purchase of land for and construction of the North Myrtle Beach Park & Sports Complex. The bond is paid.

-- As proposed, General Obligation Debt would be $0 for FY 2020.

-- Under the proposed budget, the year-end balance for the General Fund would be about $12.5 million, which is above the 35% fund balance policy.

-- Equipment replacement would continue on a pay-as-you-go basis.

-- The City does not propose rate increases in its Water & Sewer Fund, except for any pass-through rate change from Grand Strand Water & Sewer Authority.

-- Discussion of significant water, sewer and road projects will occur at the budget retreat.

-- The budget proposes construction of the 18thAvenue North Ocean Outfall beginning in fall 2021. This would enable the City to accomplish the estimated $12 million project without borrowing funds. In the meantime, smaller storm water drainage projects are included in the proposed budget.

-- City Council will review about $3.9 million in proposed accommodations tax revenue expenditures. An Accommodations Tax Committee recommends to City Council expenditures of accommodations tax revenue. City Council may approve committee recommendations or redirect funding. 

Play the National Father & Son Team Classic - Part of Family Golf Week!

22nd Annual Father & Son Team Classic


The Father & Son Team Classic is a two-person team, 54-hole event that takes place in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina every July.  The event is not just for Father’s and Son’s, but rather for all relationships so long as there is a generational gap. To see who can play in this great event, click HERE.

The Parent-Child Team Classic is similar to the Father & Son Team Classic but incorporates all other relationships, such as mother and daughter or mother and son. You can also check out all the relationships that are allowed by clicking HERE.

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

Wednesday, July 17, 2019
7AM – 7PM – Check-in at Legends Resort Clubhouse; receive your welcome gift bag!

10AM – 4PM – Enjoy complimentary food & beverage; putting contests

Thursday, July 18, 2019
Tournament Round I ~ 8:30AM shotgun start; Captains Choice

Post Golf Lunch

5 – 8PM – Golf Family Night at Legends Resort Driving Range: Enjoy food & drink by Logan’s Roadhouse & a skills competition presented by Srixon / Cleveland

Friday, July 19, 2019
Tournament Round II ~ 8:30AM shotgun start; 2 person Best Ball

Post Golf Lunch

Saturday, July 20, 2019
Tournament Round III ~ 8:00 – 9:30AM shotgun start; Modified alternate shot

After golf – 4PM Luncheon Awards Banquet & Ceremonies at Legends Resort Clubhouse

North Myrtle Beach Tree City Board Presents Tree of the Month Award for February

The North Myrtle Beach Tree City Board has selected an oak tree located at Trinity United Methodist Church, 706 14th Avenue South, as its Tree of the Month for February.

Those familiar with the tree’s history say it was planted in 1976 in memory of Jim Taibi, who passed away on June 2, 1976. Pastor Reverend William Williams, now a Methodist Bishop, presided over the ceremony and North Myrtle Beach gardener Jane McDaniel supervised the planting.

A hurricane severely damaged one of the tree’s large limbs and a portion of its trunk. Instead of taking the tree down, the church hired an arborist who restored the tree because of its importance to the congregation and the community. As a result, Sunday school classes can continue a tradition of meeting under its branches well into the future.

Property owners and developers interested in finding out how they can preserve trees on their property may contact the North Myrtle Beach Tree City Board atnmbtreeboard@nmb.us.

The Tree of the Month program began in 2010 as a way to recognize preserved trees in the city. It also provides a platform to remind people of the benefits and importance that trees offer in our everyday lives.

If you have a tree you would like to be considered for Tree of the Month, contact Parks & Grounds Superintendent Jim Grainger at (843) 280-5571 or via email atnmbtreeboard@nmb.us.  

Special Called February 20 North Myrtle Beach City Council Meeting For an Executive Session

The North Myrtle Beach City Council will hold a Special Called Meeting on Wednesday, February 20, 2:00 p.m. at City Hall for the purpose of entering into an Executive Session for a Legal Briefing regarding the City of North Myrtle Beach, SC vs. SLF IV/Sandridge Development LLC, et al - Case#2017CP2605918.  

Cherry Grove Park & Boat Ramp Closed February 18 - March 29

The Cherry Grove Park & Boat Ramp at 53rd Avenue North, including the kayak ramp, will be closed due to construction February 18-March 29. The deteriorating fishing pier located there will be demolished and rebuilt.

As an alternative, consider using the boat ramp landing at 2nd Avenue South.

Clients Call Century 21 Thomas a "Shining Star" in the North Myrtle Beach Business Community

It is so wonderful to receive such amazing letters from your beloved clients! It is the reason we are in business and it warms up our hearts, pushing us to keep working hard with and for our extraordinary customers! Thank you Bruce, and Thank you to each and every person out there who entrusted us with their business! We are forever grateful!