Mayor and City Council Members and City Manager participated in Municipal Association of South Carolina Annual Meeting

North Myrtle Beach Mayor Marilyn Hatley, City Council-man Bob Cavanaugh, City Councilman Fred Coyne, City Councilwoman Nicole Fontana, and City Manager Mike Mahaney participated in the Municipal Association of South Carolina Annual Meeting held in Hilton Head, SC July 20-23.

A prevailing theme of the annual meeting was one of big cities and small towns finding success by using a variety of diverse strategies and tools to enhance what they already have, instead of embarking on drastic and costly reinvention. This preserves what is good about a community and protects against spending precious resources on impractical goals.

“This theme certainly rings true for the city of North Myrtle Beach,” said Mayor Hatley. “We are made up of four towns that joined together to preserve and grow their beach community identity, and as a City Council we continue to emphasize growth that enhances what is already good and natural about our community. We have been able to avoid the pitfalls associated with pursuing change for its own sake. As a result, North Myrtle Beach continues to experience economic and social success.”

The subject matter of the seminars in which the Mayor and City Council members participated included best practices for redevelopment, keeping residents connected to a city’s vision for the future, emerging new building codes, front line police training opportunities, an update on pending and new state legislation, breakout sessions where elected officials from various cities and towns discussed issues and challenges they face in their communities, human resources challenges in a changing world, information on the upcoming 2020 Census, and more.

The annual meeting also offered an exhibitor showcase featuring products and services designed to enhance a city’s efficiency and effectiveness.

Throughout the annual meeting, 15-minute Tech Talks addressed technology priorities for local governments.

“It’s important that we participate in these networking opportunities,” Mayor Hatley said. “Not only do we have a lot of positive experience to offer to other cities and towns, but they also have a great deal of experience and information that we can learn from and apply here at home.”

Shown left to right in the accompanying photo are City Manager Mike Mahaney, Mayor Marilyn Hatley, City Councilman Fred Coyne, City Councilwoman Nicole Fontana, City Councilman Bob Cavanaugh.

North Myrtle Beach Residents Show Appreciation for Public Safety Personnel

During the July 17 North Myrtle Beach City Council meeting, Seabrook Plantation, Barefoot Resort and other city residents gathered to express their support and appreciation for the service rendered by North Myrtle Beach, Horry County, South Carolina and Federal public safety personnel. 

In addition to City Council, also on hand for the occasion were Tom Keegan representing U.S. Congressman Tom Rice, State Senator Greg Duckworth, State Senator Greg Hembree, County Council Chairman Mark Lazarus, County Councilman Harold Worley, Horry County Police Chief Joe Hill, Horry County Fire/Rescue Chief Joseph Tanner, Horry County E-911 Director Renee Hardwick, North Myrtle Beach Chamber of Commerce Chairman Scott Ellis, North Myrtle Beach Public Safety Director Jay Fernandez, and North Myrtle Beach Fire Chief Garry Spain. Seabrook Plantation resident Lawton Dews organized the event and spoke to those in attendance about the pride and appreciation one should feel for public safety personnel locally and throughout the country.

In the accompanying photo, residents applaud area public safety personnel in attendance at the meeting.

Brigadier General C. David Turner Visited North Myrtle Beach July 3rd to Review Beach Renourishment Plans

Brigadier General C. David Turner, Commander of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers South Atlantic Division, visited North Myrtle Beach on July 3 to review beach renourishment plans for the city.

General Turner was visiting the Grand Strand for discussions about the I-73 Interstate and beach renourishment projects.

General Turner is currently transitioning to a larger role in Washington, D.C. and we thank him for all that he has done for the city of North Myrtle Beach and the entire Grand Strand.

Shown left to right in the accompanying photo are City Manager Mike Mahaney, U.S. Representative Tom Rice, Mayor Marilyn Hatley, General Turner, and Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce President & CEO Brad Dean, who organized and hosted the General's visit to the Grand Strand.

Free American Red Cross Heartsaver CPR and AED Course

The North Myrtle Beach Public Safety Department invites you to participate in a FREE Heartsaver CPR and AED course through the American Heart Association on the following dates:

DATES: July 17th, 18th, 21st...
TIME: 9am-1pm
LOCATION: J. Bryan Floyd Community Center, 1030 Possum Trot Road

DATE: July 17th
TIME: 6pm-9:30pm
LOCATION: North Myrtle Beach Fire Station #1, Second Avenue South, across from City Hall

This course is free to the general public. Participants who also wish to receive a certification card will pay a $5 administrative fee on the day of the class. (Cash or Check made out to: GSMC)

Each class is limited to 18 participants so register in advance.

Anyone interested in attending one of the sessions should contact Lt. Nathan Marker either by email at or (843) 281-3705.

Enjoy Free 4th of July Fireworks Display at the Cherry Grove Pier in North Myrtle Beach

Enjoy a great half-hour of FREE professional fireworks launched from the Cherry Grove Pier on July 4th, 9:30pm-10:00pm.

The fireworks do start at 9:30pmsharp, so be sure to get there in plenty of time. Expect a large crowd and expect traffic delays entering and exiting the Cherry Grove area.

This annual event is a partnership between the North Myrtle Beach Chamber of Commerce and the City of North Myrtle Beach.

"Saltwater Highland Games" Moves to North Myrtle Beach Park & Sports Complex

The 3rd Annual Saltwater Highland Games, formerly known as The Myrtle Beach Highland Games, will be held at the North Myrtle Beach Park & Sports Complex March 23-25, 2018.

During two years at its former location, additional elements were added to grow the event, requiring a move to a larger venue and a name change for 2018. Event organizers determined that the expansive North Myrtle Beach Park & Sports Complex is the ideal location for the 3rd Annual Saltwater Highland Games and the many new opportunities it offers.

“We’re excited to welcome the 3rd Annual Saltwater Highland Games to the city of North Myrtle Beach,” said North Myrtle Beach Superintendent of Recreation & Sports Tourism Matt Gibbons. “This event’s record of drawing visitors from 26 states and 5 countries in 2017 will greatly benefit North Myrtle Beach and, ultimately, everyone along the Grand Strand.”

The Saltwater Highland Games is popular throughout the Carolinas and is renowned for its outstanding entertainment, top Celtic musicians, professional athletes, and champion Bagpipe Bands from throughout the Southeast. An exciting array of food, merchandise, souvenirs, and beverages from Scotland and other Celtic Nations will be available for purchase.

“We are excited to be working with the City of North Myrtle Beach and its staff in continuing to grow one of the Grand Strand’s premier events,” said Saltwater Highland Games Executive Director Todd Cartner. “The North Myrtle Beach Park & Sports Complex is beautiful and we feel our attendees will be blown away by the new additions we will be able to bring to our event.”

Among the new opportunities to be added to the3rd Annual Saltwater Highland Games are a 5K Run, a Quidditch Tournament, and a Junior Athletic Competition for ages 13-15 and 16-18.

For more information     


Todd Cartner, Executive Director / 843-492-0515 /
Tina McCrackin, NMB Director Special Events/Programs /  

47 Graduate From North Myrtle Beach Junior Lifeguard Summer Program

On June 22, 47 people graduated from the North Myrtle Beach Junior Lifeguard summer program.
Now in its seventh year, the program is geared toward people ages 10-15 who enjoy the beach and ocean, and who want to develop ocean lifeguard skills. For successful participants, the program can also offer a path to eventual seasonal employment as one of the city's Ocean Lifeguards (age 16-plus).
The program is sponsored by the North Myrtle Beach Public Safety Department and is conducted by its Beach Patrol Officers. Several trained and experienced North Myrtle Beach Ocean Lifeguards assist in teaching the program.
This year's summer program participants engaged in fun physical exercises that encouraged them to work in teams, build confidence, and learn lifesaving skills. They also received CPR, First Aid, and other training.
Starting in January 2018, a Junior Lifeguard winter program will held at the North Myrtle Beach Aquatic & Fitness Center (AFC) .  Registration will become available at the AFC later this fall. 
For more information regarding the program, please contact Public Safety Officer May Lauzon, Beach Patrol/Lifeguard Coordinator, at