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The Friday Fax Weekly Memo


Posted Friday, February 24, 2017


A printable .pdf of the Friday Fax is available.


1.   Next week’s meeting schedule and agendas are attached.  


2.   The coming week is quite busy, event-wise, for Myrtle Beach and the Grand Strand.  The list of activities includes the Myrtle Beach Marathon and associated races, the Palmetto Regional FIRST Robotics Tournament at the Convention Center, a major soccer tournament at Grand Park, a large gymnastics event at the Myrtle Beach Sports Center and the ACC Women’s Basketball Tournament at Coastal Carolina University in Conway. 


March 1-5 – 2017 Atlantic Coast Conference Women’s Basketball Tournament, HTC Center, Coastal Carolina University

March 2-4 – 14th Annual Palmetto Regional FIRST Robotics Competition, Myrtle Beach Convention Center (66 high school teams)

March 3 – Family Fun Run & Party and Grand Dunes 5k, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.

March 4 – Myrtle Beach Marathon 20th Anniversary, 6:30 a.m., Grissom Parkway and 21st Avenue. North (more than 4,000 runners)

March 4-5 – YMCA Can Am Cup Soccer Tournament, Grand Park Athletic Complex & Ashley Booth Field (more than 130 teams)

March 4-5 – Coastal Classic Gymnastics Meet at the Myrtle Beach Sports Center (more than 1,200 participants)

March 6 – Snowbird Softball College Spring Training, Grand Park Athletic Complex.


Drivers!  Please plan ahead, especially Saturday, March 4.  See the Myrtle Beach Marathon Course Map at 


Hotels!  Please advise your guests to park west of Ocean Boulevard Friday night.  Due to the marathon, vehicles will not be able to easily cross Ocean Boulevard during the race hours on Saturday morning. 


Remember that US 17 (what we call “the bypass”) is not part of the marathon.  Use US 17 for north/south travel on Saturday.  The marathon begins at 6:30 a.m., Saturday, March 4. 


·    Plan ahead for travel on Saturday and allow extra time to get to your destination.

·    Motorists should avoid the intersections of 21st Avenue North and Grissom Parkway and 29th Avenue North and Grissom Parkway.

·    Anticipate heavy congestion in the Grand Dunes Boulevard and Kings Highway area.

·    Northbound traffic on Ocean Boulevard is only available for race participants.   


3.   Parking meters and pay stations return to areas east of Kings Highway on Wednesday.  The pay-to-park season runs from March 1 through October 31.  New this year, the city will install pay stations in the residential street ends north of 31st Avenue North.  Last year, Parkmobile was the only payment method in that area.  You can still use your cell phone to pay through Parkmobile, but the pay stations, which take coins, currency and credit/debit cards, will add extra convenience.  The city also is offering non-resident parking placards for $100 per year (through December 31) for an expanded area.  This year, the non-resident placards will be valid at paid public parking from 21st Avenue North to Sixth Avenue South and from 77th Avenue North to 69th Avenue North.  To purchase a non-resident parking decal, visit the Parking Office on the first floor of the Pavilion Parking Garage, corner of Ninth Avenue North and Kings Highway.  (The entrance is on the Ninth Avenue side.) 


4.   On-line registration for resident parking decals continues.  Good for two years, the parking decals allow personal, in-city vehicles to park free at public parking meters and at the Myrtle Beach Convention Center/Sports Center.  The decals are tied to where the car “lives,” meaning the vehicle must be registered inside city limits and city property taxes must have been paid on it.  Start at, then follow the instructions.  Note that you must enter your name on the “vehicle information” page EXACTLY AS IT APPEARS on your 2016 property tax receipt, without punctuation.  If on-line registration doesn’t work, you may register in person at the Parking Office on the first floor of the Pavilion Parking Garage, corner of Kings Highway and Ninth Avenue North.  Bring your vehicle registration and property tax receipt, along with your driver’s license.


5.   Expect detours on US 17 for bridge work, beginning March 6.  The South Carolina Department of Transportation announced that northbound lanes of US 17 will be detoured onto 82nd Parkway beginning Monday, March 6.  The detour is needed for maintenance of the bridge which passes over Kings Highway, near Carolina Opry.  Southbound US 17 traffic will not be affected.  The maintenance work includes sandblasting and painting the overpass, as well as checking for structural soundness.  During this period, northbound US 17 traffic (what we call “the bypass”) will be detoured onto 82nd Parkway and then back to Kings Highway. Similarly, Kings Highway traffic headed southbound on US 17 will be detoured onto 82nd Parkway.  Project completion is expected by May 25.  Temporary lane closures will occur on Kings Highway beneath the bridge for sandblasting and painting, beginning Wednesday, March 1. 


6.   The indoor swimming pool at Mary C. Canty Recreation Center will be closed for regular maintenance next Saturday and Sunday, March 4 and 5.  The recreation center will be open as usual Sunday afternoon, from 1:00 until 6:00 p.m. 


7.   The annual Black History Gala last Friday at Mary C. Canty Recreation Center is the subject of our Photos of the Week.  NBA player Ramon Sessions was one of five “unsung heroes” who were honored for their contributions to Myrtle Beach.  Sessions, who plays for the Charlotte Hornets, grew up in Myrtle Beach and actively supports his hometown.  The other honorees were City Councilman Wayne Gray, Senior Planner Diane Moskow-McKenzie, retired Horry County Adult Education Director Frank Clark and longtime community supporter and activist Ann Futrell.  The event also celebrated the 10th anniversary of the Historic Myrtle Beach Colored School Museum and Education Center. 


8.   Did you know…  That 3,048 people participated in the city’s adult sports programs last year?  Myrtle Beach offers league play for adults in softball, flag football, kickball and dodgeball.  Softball includes men’s, women’s, co-ed and church leagues.  Most of the players (85 percent) lived outside the Myrtle Beach city limits.  By the way, 72 businesses sponsored one or more teams in 2016.  

Previous Did You Knows are available.


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