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The Friday Fax Weekly Memo


Posted Friday, January 13, 2017


A printable .pdf of the Friday Fax is available.

1.   Next week’s meeting schedule and agendas are attached.  Note that the Community Appearance Board Staff Plan Review will be held at 10:00 a.m., Tuesday.  The change is to accommodate attendance at Wednesday’s Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon (see item 4). 


2.   City offices will be closed Monday, January 16, in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr., Day.  Solid waste and recycling collections will shift one day because of the holiday.  No service will be provided on January 16.  Monday’s zone will be serviced on Tuesday, January 17; Tuesday’s zone will be serviced on Wednesday, January 18; and both Wednesday’s and Thursday’s zone will be serviced on Thursday, January 19. 


3.   Weather permitting, a contractor will restripe the Golden Mile beginning Monday, January 16.  Using paint, the road markings will change from four lanes to three, including a center turn lane, with bicycle lanes on each side.  The city eliminated on-street parking in this section of Ocean Boulevard last summer.  Grinding and restriping will occur from 31st Avenue North to 52nd Avenue North, with the work expected to take three or four days.  


4.   The City of Myrtle Beach will thank its many volunteers during the annual Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon at 12:00 p.m., Wednesday, January 18, in the Ballroom at the Sheraton Myrtle Beach Convention Center Hotel.  The city has 600 volunteers who generously donate their time by serving on boards and commissions, volunteering at the library and recreation centers and helping in other departments, including police and fire.  One Volunteer of the Year will be announced.  The luncheon is by invitation only, but the news media are welcome to attend. 


5.   The next issue of Senior News, a newsletter produced by the city’s Seniors Advisory Committee, is available at quarterly publication has content of interest to our local and visiting senior audiences. 


6.   City Council has a few vacancies to fill on boards or commissions, including the Seniors Advisory Committee, the Board of Zoning Appeals, the Chapin Memorial Library Committee and the Human Rights Commission.  To be considered for one of these appointments, send a letter of interest and biography to the City Clerk, P. O. Box 2468, Myrtle Beach, SC  29578, or bring it to City Hall, 937 Broadway Street.  


7.   If you’re a swimmer, be advised that the indoor pool at Pepper Geddings Recreation Center will be closed for maintenance from Friday, January 20, through Sunday, January 22.  It will reopen as usual on Monday, January 23. 


8.   The Myrtle Beach Police Department has two more “active shooter” safety education classes next week.  Called “Civilian Response to Active Shooter Events,” the public is invited to learn about strategies, guidance and survival plans should an “active shooter” event unfold.  The course times and locations are:


·    6:00 p.m., Wednesday, January 25 – Base Recreation Center, 800 Gabreski Lane

·    6:00 p.m., Thursday, January 26 – Mary C. Canty Recreation Center, 971 Canal Street


9.   The city is creating an on-line renewal process for parking decals, which are valid for two-year periods.  Look for more information shortly.  The free parking decals allow personal vehicles to park free at public parking meters and at the Myrtle Beach Convention Center.  Until replacements are issued, the Convention Center honors the current 2015-16 decals.  Personal vehicles which “live” inside the city limits are eligible for the decals.  With the on-line system, owners will need the vehicle’s paid property tax receipt and registration.  By the way, the city now charges $20 to replace a lost or damaged decal. 


10.  Registration continues for the fourth annual Area Business Disaster Recovery Symposium, from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., Friday January 27, at the Sheraton Myrtle Beach Convention Center Hotel.   The program is designed to help business owners and managers be prepared should a disaster – fire, flood, storm, power outage or other problem – strike.  Recovering quickly is critical if the business is to survive.  A registration form is available at  Advance registration is $25 per person and includes lunch.  After January 23, registration is $30 per person. 


11.  Three design proposals for a possible performing arts center and amphitheater combination are the subject of our Photos of the Week.  The City of Myrtle Beach requested design-build concepts from three teams of architects/contractors, working within a budget of $9.8 million.  A staff committee reviewed the designs and has selected Team B’s proposal.  That recommendation now goes to the city manager and City Council, which will make a final decision.  Council can make a different choice, or choose not to build a facility at this time.  Funding for the project has not been finalized.  If built, the performing arts center and amphitheater would be adjacent to the Myrtle Beach Sports Center, with access from both Grissom Parkway and Oak Street via Burroughs & Chapin Boulevard, which is under construction now.  No date has been set for City Council’s consideration.  For a look at the submitted designs from each of the teams, see    


12.  Did you know…  That Myrtle Beach International Airport, with 1.94 million total passengers in 2016, is the third-busiest airport in South Carolina?  Only the Charleston and Greenville-Spartanburg airports had more passenger traffic last year than MYR.  By the way, MYR has flights to more nonstop markets than any other South Carolina airport.  MYR has 36 nonstop flights, compared to 25 for Charleston and 20 for Greenville-Spartanburg.     


Previous Did You Knows are available.


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