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WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 24, 2021
1. Next week’s meeting schedule is attached.
2. The City of Myrtle Beach increased its score on this year’s Municipal Equality Index (MEI), a national examination of more than 500 cities by the Human Rights Campaign. This year’s MEI for the City of Myrtle Beach is 54, up from last year’s score of 52. The index evaluates the laws, policies and inclusiveness of services through the lens of the LBGTQ community. Myrtle Beach first appeared on the MEI a few years ago and has been increasing its score through a consistent review of the policies and services offered. This year’s MEI score of 54 is the third-best in South Carolina, following Charleston (second) and Columbia (first).
3. Myrtle Beach’s Arbor Day Ceremony is set for 2:00 p.m., Friday, December 3, at Thunderbolt Park, 2290 Farrow Parkway. The following properties will be recognized with the city’s annual Community Appearance Board awards….
- Outstanding Use of the Natural Indigenous Landscape – Compass Cove, 2311 South Ocean Boulevard
- Outstanding Landscape Design Incorporating Stormwater Management – Topgolf, 2850 Robert M. Grissom Parkway
- Outstanding Creative Landscape Design – Watercrest Myrtle Beach, 6151 Colline Verdi Way
- Outstanding Maintenance of Trees and Landscape – Tidelands Health, 2200 Crow Lane
- Outstanding Residential Landscape Design and Tree Preservation – Martin Residence, 3404 North Ocean Boulevard
- Community Appearance Board Chairman’s Award – Myrtle Beach VA Outpatient Clinic, 1800 Airpark Drive
- The Greening of Myrtle Beach Municipal Award – Withers Swash (Waterfront)
- Most Improved Property Award – Havertys Furniture, 1100 Seaboard Street
4. The Solid Waste Transfer Station will be closed Friday, December 3, for construction. The contractor will pour and finish a large portion of the concrete driveway at 3321 Mr. Joe White Avenue. The facility will re-open at 7:00 a.m., Friday, December 10. It is open to the public on Fridays, between 7:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m., and accepts the same materials collected via curbside pick-up. This includes garbage, recyclables, bulk waste and yard waste. To learn more, see our Solid Waste & Recycling Division webpage.
5. The Parks, Recreation and Sports Tourism Department hosts “Polar Express at the Depot,” a free holiday event from 5:30 to 9:00 p.m., Friday, December 3. The new event takes place at the Myrtle Beach Train Depot, 851 Broadway Street, and features two viewings of The Polar Express movie. The evening includes a special visit from Santa and Mrs. Claus, cookie decorating, hot chocolate, crafts and story time! For more information, call 843-918-1188.
6. The Myrtle Beach Police Department hosts a special holiday donation drive benefitting homeless animals at the Grand Strand Humane Society from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, December 4. Donations can be dropped off at the Ted C. Collins Law Enforcement Center, 1101 North Oak Street. Any supplies from the list below will make each pet’s holiday a little more special. Looking to adopt, donate or volunteer? Call 843-918-4910. Or, visit https://www.grandstrandhumanesociety.com/.
GSHS Supplies Wish List
- Pedigree Dog Food (All Sizes)
- Purina One Smart Blend Dog Food
- Friskies Pate Wet Cat Food
- Purina Kitten Chow
- Purina Cat Chow
- Fancy Feast Canned Kitten Food
- Pet AG KMR Kitten Milk Replacement
- Greenies Pill Pockets
- Non-Clump Clay Cat Litter
- Paper Towels
- Disinfecting Bleach and Wipes
- HE Variety Dye Free Laundry Detergent
- 33, 42 and 44 Gallon Garbage Bags (Contractor Strength, Heavy Gauge, Non-Drawstring and Flap Tie Bags are Preferred)
- Dog and Cat Collars, Leashes, Toys and Clothing
7. The Neighborhood Services Department hosts the fifth annual tree lighting celebration in the Garden of Hope, 1395 Carver Street, from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m., Sunday, December 5. Everyone’s invited! The evening features live music, hot chocolate, cookies and a socially-spaced photo opportunity with Santa. For more information, call 843-918-1062.
8. The Myrtle Beach Fire Department offers both COVID-19 vaccines and booster shots at weekly clinics. Staff administer the free vaccinations to registered individuals from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Thursdays at the City Services Building, 921 North Oak Street. To sign up, visit https://bit.ly/MBFDVaccine. Please arrive 30 minutes prior to your appointment to allow for pre-screening. For information, call 843-918-1255.
9. A comprehensive list of activities and city events is available on our Events webpage. This file of city-related festivals, programs and more is updated weekly.
10. Youngsters are learning to ride skateboards safely at Myrtle Beach’s Matt Hughes Skate Park, and that’s the subject of our Photos of the Week. Nearly three dozen five-to-12-year-olds are getting the hang of it in a weekly class taught by Aaron Frobase from the Recreation Division. This is the 13th year that Frobase has offered the “Skate Safe” program for kids. He teaches basic skills and a few tricks for newcomers to the sport. They also have some free skate time, too, to practice their moves. This year’s class is the largest ever, with 35 participants. The next “Skate Safe” program begins in February.
11. Did you know... That Robert M. Grissom Parkway, which runs from Harrelson Boulevard on the south to Carolina Bays Parkway on the north, is named for a long-time Myrtle Beach City Council member and mayor? The late Bob Grissom served for 16 years on City Council, including three terms as mayor. He died in 1998, and the road was named in his honor in April 1999. By the way, Grissom’s daughter, Susan Grissom Means, was elected to City Council in 2000 and served for 16 years.
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