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Myrtle Beach Friday Fax Memo

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FRIDAY, OCTOBER 12, 2018

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

2.  The Myrtle Beach City Council will hold a fall policy retreat next Wednesday and Thursday, October 17-18, at Magnolia’s at 26th, 2605 Ocean Boulevard.  See the attached agenda for details.  The public is invited to attend. 

3.  We are still picking up residential storm debris and bulk junk from curbside and appreciate everyone’s patience with this process.  The debris from Hurricane Florence was somewhat greater than expected, along with whatever Tropical Storm Michael created.  To speed the collection, crews will work extra hours this weekend.  The city also is searching for a contractor to assist with the effort.  Here are guidelines to keep in mind. 

  • Get storm debris out to the right-of-way as promptly as possible. 
  • Separate debris by type into different piles.  Different types may be picked up at different times.  Do not commingle piles. 
  • Crews and equipment are not permitted on private property for storm debris removal.  This includes private roads, gated communities, mobile home parks and developments with privately-owned streets.
  • Place storm debris within 15 feet of the pavement edge. 
  • Do not place debris on or near utility boxes, water valves or meters, fire hydrants, fences and the like.  Leave room for the truck to operate. 
  • Commercial businesses (including tree and lawn care companies) are NOT permitted to dispose of debris on the public right-of-way.  They are responsible for disposing of any debris they generate. 

4.  The Myrtle Beach Housing Authority hosts a ribbon-cutting at 2:00 p.m., Wednesday, October 17, for Carver Grove Apartments, 1204 Carver Street.  The new apartment development is specifically for veterans with disabilities and/or those who are homeless.  The first floor of the eight-bedroom unit is fully mobility-accessible.  Second floor units include sensory adaptations for veterans with sight and/or hearing impairments.  Four units are set aside for homeless veterans under the HUD/VASH program.  The remaining units are for disabled veterans.  If you are attending the ribbon cutting, R.S.V.P. by Wednesday, October 10, to 843-918-1560 or t.dean@mbhaonline.org.  

5.  The public is invited to the City of Myrtle Beach’s 2018 Health Fair from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., Thursday, October 18, at the Myrtle Beach Sports Center, 2115 Farlow Street.  The city is expanding the annual event, which is free and now open to the public!  Parking is complimentary, too.  Come meet with local vendors and health care providers, receive screenings and educational materials, have your vitals checked and meet with city staff.  While there, consider giving the gift of life.  The American Red Cross will be on site to receive blood donations from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.  For more details, call 843-918-1114.

6.  The Myrtle Beach Mini-Marathon is next Sunday, October 21.  This 13.1 mile race kicks off at 7:00 a.m. at Coastal Grand Mall and ends on the Boardwalk at Ninth Avenue North.  The weekend includes a Health and Fitness Expo, a Coastal 5K, a one-mile Doggie Dash and Sunday’s Mini Marathon.  A copy of Sunday’s course map, showing when intersections will be closed, is available at https://www.runmyrtlebeach.com/AssetFactory.aspx?vid=68715.  Remember that US 17 (what everyone calls “the bypass”) is not part of the course, so use it for north-south travel.  For more information or to register, visit www.runmyrtlebeach.com.

7.  The state historic marker for Charlie’s Place will be unveiled at 5:00 p.m., Monday, October 22.  The Horry County Board of Architectural Review and Historic Preservation, the South Carolina Historic Preservation Office and the City of Myrtle Beach, will unveil the historic marker at the Charlie’s Place site, 1420 Carver Street.  The City of Myrtle Beach received a $650,000 federal Community Development Block Grant to preserve and re-use a portion of the site on Carver Street.  The ceremony is free and open to the public.

8.  You’ll be able to watch Myrtle Beach City Council meetings live on the internet, beginning October 23.  The Public Information Office tested live streaming for the meeting on Tuesday, October 9.  You can view that archived coverage online at http://sg001-harmony.sliq.net/00311/harmony.  Go to the “new recordings” section to to replay Tuesday’s meeting at your convenience.  Note also that City Council’s regular meetings will begin at 9:00 a.m. for the rest of the year, as a test.  The remaining meeting dates are October 23, November 13 and December 11.  Previously, City Council held a workshop at 9:00 a.m., followed by the regular meeting at 2:00 p.m.  The goal of beginning at 9:00 a.m. is to eliminate duplication and provide greater access to the decision-making process. 

9.  Looking ahead, everyone’s invited to the Veterans’ Day Ceremony at 11:00 a.m., Monday, November 12, on the plaza at the Myrtle Beach Convention Center.  The solemn event is sponsored by the Military Appreciation Days and the City of Myrtle Beach.  Parking is complimentary at the Myrtle Beach Convention Center for this event.  

10.  Want to know what events are scheduled and upcoming in Myrtle Beach?  See http://www.cityofmyrtlebeach.com/Events.pdf.  It’s a comprehensive list of city-related activities, festivals, concerts, programs and more, updated weekly with new information.

11.  Myrtle Beach’s third annual Seafood Festival was a popular destination last weekend, and that’s the subject of our Photos of the Week.  From local seafood to classic Beach Music, you could find it all at the Seafood Festival, Friday through Sunday, October 5-7.  The Embers entertained Saturday afternoon, as pictured here, and everyone enjoyed the fare from local restaurants and vendors.  

12.  Did you know… That the City of Myrtle Beach was the first community in the nation to earn a Class 5 CRS rating for flood insurance?  CRS stands for Community Rating System, a voluntary program for communities that participate in the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP).  Myrtle Beach property owners receive a discount on their flood insurance premiums, thanks to the city’s good score.  Today, only 133 out of 1,444 participating communities have a Class 5 rating.  Among the 44 South Carolina communities that participate, only one (Charleston County) has a higher rating (Class 4).  Six others in addition to Myrtle Beach have a Class 5, while the remaining 36 have a Class 6 rating or higher. 

To see previous Friday Fax Memos, visit the Friday Fax Memo Library webpage.