4th Annual North Myrtle Beach Winter Run Set For January 21

34th Annual North Myrtle Beach Winter Run Schedule for January 21

The 34th Annual North Myrtle Beach Winter Run will be held Saturday, January 21, in North Myrtle Beach. The North Myrtle Beach Winter Run is the oldest continuous running event in Horry County. The race is organized by the Grand Strand Running Club.  

The 5K and 15K races both start at 9:00 a.m. on Ocean Boulevard between 1st Avenue South and 2nd Avenue South. Both races finish on Main Street between Ocean Boulevard and Hillside Drive.  

To register, visit www.grandstrandrunner.com.

To volunteer to assist with the race, contact Gregg Barnhill at 843-280-5673 or dgbarnhill@nmb.us.

The race director is Jim Troxell at 843-272-1717  / drjtroxell@gmail.com.  

For more information contact the Grand Strand Running Club at www.grandstrandrunner.com

Cherry Grove Section Ocean Boulevard Project Begins January 17

The City of North Myrtle Beach has contracted with Carolina Conduit Systems to perform the Ocean Boulevard Underground Power Conversion & Utilities Project in Cherry Grove between Sea Mountain Highway and 29th Avenue North.

The work begins January 17 and will take place over two years.

The first phase of construction involves the installation of underground conduit beneath Ocean Boulevard. A portion of the work also includes water line improvements.  

Ocean Boulevard in the project area may be closed to thru traffic at various times with Nixon Street used to detour traffic around the work zone.  

The contractor will maintain access to all properties fronting Ocean Boulevard for the duration of the project with minimal interruption of access to individual properties.

Nmb Tree Of The Month Award For January Goes To Richard And Janet Spencer

Richard and Janet​ Spencer recently accepted the Tree of the Month Award for January from the North Myrtle Beach Tree City Board for their commitment to preserving and nurturing a large Live Oak tree during the construction of their home at 221 9th Avenue South.

The Spencers purchased their property in 2002 when it was home to an old cabin and the very large old Live Oak tree.

In 2003, the Spencers began developing their property and building a new home.The slope and height of the property made it difficult for them but preserving the Live Oak was paramount in their plan. Their new home was designed to highlight the oak tree in the rear yard and that presented a large challenge for their builder.

The Spencers supervised the placement and construction of their new home to make sure the Live Oak’s limbs and root system were not disturbed. Today, the area is a haven for raccoons, birds, deer and other wildlife, and the tree remains a focal point of their home and property.
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 Board atnmbtreeboard@nmb.us or 843-280-5571.  

The Tree of the Month program began in 2010 as a way to recognize trees within the community 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 atnmbtreeboard@nmb.us.  


  • A changeover to a mix of wintry weather is expected by daybreak Saturday for inland areas and later during Saturday morning for coastal areas.
  • The high temperature during Saturday will occur in the morning, with temperatures dropping throughout the day as the arctic air mass plunges across the Carolinas.
  • Very cold temperatures and single digit wind chill values (combination of wind and temperature) are expected Sunday morning and again during Monday morning.
  • Ice accumulations of less than 0.10” are possible across portions of our forecast area Saturday.
  • This freezing rain along with any snow/sleet accumulations farther inland may create hazardous travel conditions.  
  • The arctic air mass will begin to lose its grip on our area Tuesday into Wednesday.
  Potential Impacts
  • Hazardous driving conditions expected, especially bridges, overpasses, & elevated road surfaces beginning early Saturday morning, especially across inland areas
  • Black ice possible on area roadways Saturday night into Sunday morning as arctic air arrives in our area in force
  • Isolated power outages possible Saturday
  • Dangerously cold weather Sunday into Monday with arctic air-mass in place 


We've been receiving calls from folks asking what they can expect weather-wise in our area over the next several days.

As of this morning (Thurs, Jan 5 - next update at 4pm), the National Weather Service in Wilmington offers this general forecast for our area: 
  • After a start as rain late Friday afternoon/evening a transition to a wintry mix is expected early Saturday morning for inland areas, and later in the day along the coast, potentially causing travel hazards throughout the day.
  • Highest snowfall accumulations are expected farther inland given the track of the low and the later arrival of arctic air.
  • Very cold low temperatures are expected early Sunday morning with even colder temperatures early Monday morning with a strong arctic air-mass building into the Carolinas.

The City will notify the news media of any closings and/or late openings, and we will post the same information on our website, Facebook, Twitter, and send to our Email News Groups.

Public Works Street Crews are scheduled to come in on Saturday to address potential road condition issues.

Public safety is positioning sign boards near overpasses to warn motorists should icy conditions occur. All Public Safety employees have been notified of the weather potential.

The City continues to monitor the weather system. If warranted, additional resources will be brought in.

Patrick Dowling
Public Information Officer
City of North Myrtle Beach
(843) 280-5612

Paid Parking Starts January 15 in Two NMB Public Parking Lots

Effective January 15, public parking lots located on the oceanfront at 3rd Avenue North and 4th Avenue North in North Myrtle Beach will become paid parking lots. The parking fee at both lots will be $1 per hour.

Several years ago, the city established a paid public parking lot on the second row at 4th Avenue South, and the fee there is also $1 per hour.

A fourth parking lot on the oceanfront at 3rd Avenue South will become a paid public parking lot at $1 per hour once it has been reconfigured.

In making the change from free to paid parking at these lots, the city has not embarked on the widespread introduction of paid parking in North Myrtle Beach but is working to resolve a specific, limited issue.

The parking lots are adjacent to large accommodations, and some of their employees and guests have been parking in the free public parking spaces, instead of using parking opportunities provided for them by their respective accommodations. This practice has forced residents and visitors not associated with the accommodations to park elsewhere and move young children and beach equipment across the street to the beach. Older residents and visitors have also complained about being forced to use second row parking. The transformation of the parking lots to paid parking will encourage turnover of parking spaces in these locations.

Parking spaces in the parking lots will not be metered but will be numbered, and parking payments can be made via cellphone using the Passport Parking app (free download), online at www.ppprk.com, or by phone at (843) 628-2155. Signs within the paid parking lots will also provide payment information.

All motorized vehicles, including golf carts, must pay the $1 per hour parking fee.

RESULTS: December 5 North Myrtle Beach City Council Meeting

North Myrtle Beach, SC – December 5, 2016 – During the regularly scheduled December 5 North Myrtle Beach City Council meeting, City Council tabled first reading of an ordinance to amend the Barefoot Resort Dye Club Planned Development District (PDD). Coastal Resort Holdings has requested a reconfiguration of Tract IMF-3 located in the Dye Club by changing the approved residential uses from detached to attached, increasing the approved density and creating a new parking lot and site design. City Council has scheduled a December 14, 2:00 p.m. public workshop at City Hall to discuss the proposed amendment to the PDD.

City Council tabled until its December 19 meeting second reading of an ordinance to amend the Bahama Island Planned Development District, also known as North Myrtle Beach RV Resort and Drydock. An associated Development Agreement must be completed before second reading can occur.

City Council tabled first reading of an ordinance to rezone 9.33 acres of land located at the corner of Hillside Drive and 10th Avenue South from R-1 (Single Family Residential Low Density) to R-1B (Single Family Residential Low-Medium Density). With the exception of one lot with a single family home, the property is vacant and undeveloped as a remnant secondary dune. City Council will hold a January 4, 2:00 p.m. public workshop at City Hall to discuss the proposed rezoning.

City Council approved a motion to appoint Faye Chowning, Taylor Jones and Ron Nichols to the City’s Accommodations Tax Committee.

City Council passed first reading of an ordinance to rescind section 21-39 of the Code of Ordinances for the City entitled, “Pay and Display Parking.”
The City will no longer use the Pay and Display method of payment for City parking lots that require payment. In place of Pay and Display, those who want to park in City-owned parking lots that require payment would use an app called Passport Parking from a cellular telephone or a tablet to pay to park. For those who do not use a smart phone or tablet, Passport Parking also allows payment via standard cellular phone or payment through its website.

City parking lots requiring payment would be posted with signage informing users of the payment method, where they can download the app for free (Apple's App Store or Google Play), a web address for online payment, and a phone number to call if they do not have a smart phone or tablet. 

City Council passed first reading of an ordinance to authorize the City Manager to establish paid parking lots and paid parking zones, and to establish the method of payment for the same.

The proposed ordinance authorizes the City Manager to establish certain City-owned parking lots, public street ends and parking areas within public rights of way as paid parking lots and/or parking zones. It also authorizes the City Manager to establish the method for payment of the posted parking fees via kiosks or meters, mobile phone apps, pay-by-internet or phone or any other method of payment that may be available.

When it comes to paid parking in general, the City of North Myrtle Beach has for several years had one Pay and Display parking lot on 4th Avenue South adjacent to a large resort accommodation. The City plans to turn two existing oceanfront public parking lots, one at 3rd Avenue North and one at 4th Avenue North, into paid parking lots. Also, after improvements have been made to an oceanfront public parking lot at 3rd Avenue South, it will become a paid parking lot.

The public parking lots at 3rd Avenue North and 4th Avenue North are often filled throughout the day with cars belonging to the employees and guests of an adjacent resort accommodation. While their parking preference is not illegal, it does make it necessary for residents and visitors not associated with the resort to park on the second row and lug their equipment to the beach. By introducing paid parking to the two oceanfront lots, the City hopes to motivate the resort’s employees and guests to use an existing free public parking lot on the second row on 4th Avenue North or to park in the resort’s own parking facility, freeing up the oceanfront spaces for other users.

The public parking lot at 3rd Avenue South, also adjacent to a large property, has experienced similar problems. Those same problems also motivated the City to establish paid parking at its 4th Avenue South parking lot several years ago.

The parking fee at each of the four paid parking lots would be $1 per hour.

In making these parking changes, the City is not embarking on the widespread introduction of paid parking throughout North Myrtle Beach but is using paid parking as a tool to resolve specific, limited issues.

City Council passed first reading of an ordinance to rescind the current language of code section 21-33 and to replace it with language authorizing the use of an immobilization device or boot on vehicles parked on public property that have been declared a public nuisance.

Vehicles found parked on any street or other public property, which are found to be the subject of

$75 or more past due on previous traffic or parking citations, will be declared to be a public nuisance. The owner of the vehicle will be required to pay all outstanding traffic and or parking citations prior to the release of the vehicle to the owner.