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Myrtle Beach Friday Fax Memo

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FRIDAY, MAY 29, 2020

1.   Next week’s meeting schedule is attached.

2.   Need information about the coronavirus emergency?  You’ll find timely updates and general information on our 
Coronavirus Advisory webpage. 

3.   Do you have city-related coronavirus questions?  Call 843-918-1000.  The telephone line is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

4.   A new Myrtle Beach Point of View blog post is now available.  The post discusses the Myrtle Beach Police Department’s plan of action to further enhance public safety.  To read the post, see https://myrtlebeachpointofview.wordpress.com/.

5.   The Myrtle Beach Police Department reminds everyone that if you see something, say something!  Report suspicious activity year-round by calling the Myrtle Beach Police Department’s non-emergency line at 843-918-1382.  Callers can remain anonymous.  Or, send an email to mpdinfo@cityofmyrtlebeach.com In cases of emergency, call 911.

6.   As part of the city’s underground utility conversion project, anticipate a road closure along a portion of Crabtree Lane on Monday, June 1.  Detours signage will be posted.

7.   Many Myrtle Beach city parks and facilities are now open.  Social distancing signage reminds visitors to maintain at least six feet of space.  Below is the tentative reopening schedule for the remaining facilities.  The majority these facilities and activities are under the effects of Governor McMaster’s orders.  This list is subject to change.

Open Facilities

  • All Parks
  • City Hall
  • Matt Hughes Skate Park
  • Midway Park (Basketball activities are not permitted per the governor’s orders.)
  • Municipal Court
  • Myrtle Beach Tennis Center
  • Myrtle’s Market
  • Outdoor Pickleball Courts
  • Outdoor Tennis Courts
  • Public Works Administration Building
  • Ted C. Collins Law Enforcement Center

Monday, June 1, 2020

  • Ashley Booth Field (Public Enjoyment Only)
  • Cabana Section Outdoor Exercise Equipment
  • City Services Building (Pending Installation of Lobby Modifications)
  • Doug Shaw Memorial Stadium (Public Enjoyment Only)
  • Chapin Memorial Library (Revised Hours, Protocols)
  • Grand Park Lake Outdoor Exercise Equipment
  • Myrtle Beach Convention Center
  • Myrtle Beach Sports Center
  • Ned Donkle Field Complex
  • Playgrounds and Picnic Shelters

Monday, June 15, 2020

  • Crabtree Memorial Gymnasium (Members Only – Revised Hours, Protocols)
  • Mary C. Canty Recreation Center (Members Only – Revised Hours, Protocols)
  • Pepper Geddings Recreation Center (Members Only – Revised Hours, Protocols)
  • Sports Tourism Baseball/Softball Activities (Practice is allowed per the governor’s orders beginning May 30.)

Awaiting Clarification/TBD

  • All Indoor/Outdoor Basketball Activities
  • General Robert H. Reed Recreation Center
  • Grand Park Soccer Field and Hockey Rink
  • Midway Park Outdoor Basketball Courts
  • Pepper Geddings Recreation Center Outdoor Courts
  • Myrtle Beach Train Depot (Closed to Rentals)


8.   Chapin Memorial Library will reopen with revised service hours on Monday, June 1, 2020.  The library’s zero contact pickup service will be available and encouraged.  Virtual programs will continue through the Chapin Memorial Library YouTube channel.  City personnel will maintain reduced capacity limits.  Questions?  Call 843-918-1275.  New facility hours are, as follows:

     Monday through Thursday – 9:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
     Friday – 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
     Saturday – 9:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
     Sunday – Closed

9.   Everyone’s invited to attend a ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate the A10 Mountain Bike Trail at 9:00 a.m., Saturday, June 6.  The ceremony takes place at the trailhead next to Barc Parc South, 676 Mallard Lake Drive.  As part of a revitalization project, city team members built five new bridges, widened the 1.2 mile trail and added directional signage.  For more information, contact Troy Marron at tmarron@cityofmyrtlebeach.com.

10.   Looking ahead to June 15, Crabtree Memorial Gymnasium, Mary C. Canty Recreation Center and Pepper Geddings Recreation Center will reopen to members with revised hours.  The reopening applies to the facilities’ weight rooms, cardio rooms and indoor track.  Members are limited to 30-minute workouts.  Basketball courts remain closed.  City personnel will maintain reduced capacity limits.  Showers will not be available for use, and pools will remain closed.  Exercise classes will not yet resume; however, virtual classes will continue through the City of Myrtle Beach – Parks, Recreation and Sports TourismYouTube channel.  Recreation membership dues have been suspended until mid-August.  New facility hours are, as follows:

     Monday through Friday – 5:30 a.m. to 7:00 a.m., 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
     Saturday and Sunday – 8:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

11.   Myrtle Beach needs your feedback!  The city is engaged in a planning process to become less vulnerable to disasters caused by natural and man-made hazards.  Participation in the Hazard Mitigation Plan Five Year Update survey is an important part of that process.  The survey deadline is June 30, 2020.  For more information, contact Emily Hardee at ehardee@cityofmyrtlebeach.com.

12.   The 2020 Water Quality Report is now available.  Myrtle Beach’s drinking water meets or exceeds all state and federal water quality standards.  To view or download the annual report, visit https://www.cityofmyrtlebeach.com/waterqualityreport.pdf.

13.   Would you like to serve on a volunteer board, commission or committee for the City of Myrtle Beach?  To be considered for one of these volunteer positions, submit a letter of interest and a brief biography or résumé to the City Clerk, P.O. Box 2468, Myrtle Beach, SC 29578.  Or, send an email to lharing@cityofmyrtlebeach.comIf you'd like to deliver it in-person, bring all materials to City Hall, 937 Broadway Street, Myrtle Beach, SC 29577. The following boards, commissions and committees have vacancies....

  • Cemetery Committee (4 seats)
  • Cultural Resources Committee (1 seat)
  • Employee Recognition Committee (1 seat)
  • Myrtle Beach Air Force Base Redevelopment Authority (2 seats)
  • Myrtle Beach Convention Center Hotel Board (2 seats)
  • Recreation Advisory Committee (7 seats)
  • Standard Code Board of Adjustments and Appeals (5 seats)
  • Tourism Committee (5 seats)

14.   The online E-Resources webpage is available on the city’s website.  City buildings are closed to the public, but we are working to provide online content for all ages.  On the webpage, you’ll find creative and educational options for you and your family to enjoy!

15.   Most activities for the next few weeks have been rescheduled, but we still maintain a comprehensive list on our Events webpage.   This file of city-related festivals, programs and more is updated weekly.

16.   One of Myrtle Beach’s pocket neighborhood parks features a Keep America Beautiful monument from 1989, and that’s the subject of our Photos of the Week.  Ocean Forest Memorial Park at the intersection of Porcher Drive and Haskell Circle was built in the mid-1980s.  Later that decade, the city was involved in the Keep America Beautiful campaign, and a monument with local supporters’ names was installed.  Here are photos of this pretty park and its historic marker, which features a Who’s Who of prominent Myrtle Beach families from 40 years ago. 

17.   Did you know...  That Myrtle Beach’s Ocean Forest Hotel, built in 1929 and demolished in 1974, was known as the “million dollar hotel” and drew famous guests and performers from around the country?  The 10-story hotel, with five-story side wings, was a landmark on North Ocean Boulevard, across from the cabana section.  Built by the Woodside family, the hotel’s grand opening occurred in February 1930, four months after the stock market crash of October 1929.  It changed hands several times through the decades and eventually was razed, instead of being remodeled, in 1974.

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