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Myrtle Beach Friday Fax Memo

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FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 21, 2020

1.   Next week’s meeting schedule is attached.

2.   The City of Myrtle Beach is standardizing its business license year with other communities across the state.  City Council approved in the change in January, and it takes effect in April 2020.  The new due date for business license renewal payments is April 30, with late payments becoming delinquent on June 1, 2020.  However, the delinquency date is being delayed one year so that businesses have time to adjust to the new due date.  In the following year (2021), payments will be considered delinquent on May 1.  This puts Myrtle Beach on the same business license year as other cities.  Myrtle Beach already accepts the uniform business license application form.  Statewide, a shared portal is being developed which will allow all license holders to renew licenses with one application for all participating jurisdictions where the business is licensed. 

3.   16th Avenue South will be closed to traffic between Kings Highway and Yaupon Drive for the next few days.  The closure is needed to install storm drain pipes as part of the Yaupon Drainage Project.  The $900,000 effort includes two new storage ponds and underground drains at the South Seas condominium complex.  The closure is during daytime hours only, through Wednesday, February 26.    

4.   As part of the underground utility conversion project, a road closure will affect the intersection of Swallow Avenue and Pampas Drive on Monday, February 24.  The closure will occur from 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., weather permitting.

5.   As you may have noticed on our Facebook page earlier this week, work is progressing on the Charlie’s Place project on Carver Street.  The city will say “thank you” to the contractor, Grand Strand Builders, with a pizza lunch for the crew at 12:00 p.m., Wednesday, February 26.  The contractor is recreating the Whispering Pines Motel at Charlie’s Place.  The media will be able to view the project, too, for an update. 

6.   Courtesy of a grant from the South Carolina Department of Commerce’s Office of Innovation, the City of Myrtle Beach’s Technology Advisory Group offers a free, eight-session “Angel Investing 101” series in 2020.  The series is taught by experienced investors and participants are under no obligation to invest.  The first session is set for 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., Thursday, February 27, at the Sea Captain’s House, 3002 North Ocean Boulevard.  For more information and to register, go to https://tinyurl.com/t6hm5eh.

7.   Students from across Horry County and the nation participate in the 17th Annual Palmetto Regional FIRST Robotics Tournament on Thursday through Saturday, February 27-29, at the Myrtle Beach Convention Center.  Admission is free, and everyone’s invited to come see the fast-paced, fun to watch competition.  For more information, visit www.firstroboticsmyrtlebeach.com.

8.   The Myrtle Beach Fire and Police Departments participate in the 12th Annual Guns & Hoses Charity Softball Tournament from 11:00 to 6:00 p.m., Saturday, February 29.  The event takes place at the Pelicans’ Stadium, 1251 21st Avenue North.  Ticket sales benefit Project Lifesaver, a search and rescue tracking program for “at risk” individuals (persons with Alzheimer’s, autism, Down syndrome, dementia and other cognitive conditions) who are prone to wandering.  The event is fun for the whole family and includes entertainment, snacks and drinks.  For more information, see https://tinyurl.com/sqrl3kh Here’s the tournament schedule….

11:00 a.m. – Game 1:  SC Highway Patrol vs. Murrells Inlet and Garden City Fire Departments
12:30 p.m. – Game 2:  Myrtle Beach Fire Department vs. Horry County Fire Department
2:00 p.m. – Game 3:  Myrtle Beach Police Department vs. Horry County Police Department
3:30 p.m. – Game 4:  Game 1 Winner vs. Game 2 Winner
5:00 p.m. – Championship Game:  Game 3 Winner vs. Game 4 Winner

9.   The city’s Neighborhood Services Department hosts the 13th annual Black History Celebration from 5:00 to 8:30 p.m., Saturday, February 29, at the Mary C. Canty Recreation Center, 971 Canal Street.  Eight individuals will be recognized as “unsung heroes” for various contributions to the community.  The RSVP-only event is full, but members of the news media are invited to attend. 

10.  Looking for something to do in Myrtle Beach?  Visit our Events webpage for a comprehensive list of activities.  This file of city-related festivals, concerts, programs and more is updated weekly.

11.  The bicycle trailhead at Thunderbolt Park, next to Farrow Parkway in the Market Common district, is the subject of our Photos of the Week.  The city renovated one of the former Air Force buildings, added a bicycle repair station, picnic shelter and outdoor classroom, all overlooking one of the lakes in the Grand Park system.  Bicycle and walking paths wander through the area, with plans for a bridge over the lake near the trailhead.

12.  Did you know...  That the Grand Strand Humane Society offers a “Community Cat Program” to spay/neuter, vaccinate and ear tip feral cats so they won’t reproduce and overpopulate in the wild?  If you feed or care for a “community cat,” contact the Grand Strand Humane Society about this program.  Spay/neuter, rabies vaccination and ear tipping costs only $30.  Surgeries are performed on Thursdays at the Grand Strand Humane Society facility, 3241 Mr. Joe White Avenue.  Email gshsfrontdesk@gmail.com or call 843-918-4910 to make an appointment or learn more about this program.

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