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The Public Information Department maintains an electronic repository of Friday Fax documents that dates back to January 2018.  To view and download Friday Fax Memos, see the Friday Fax Memo Library webpage.  To receive this weekly listing of meeting schedules and agendas via email, visit https://tinyurl.com/ReceiveFridayFax, scan the QR code, or complete the form at the bottom of this webpage.


FRIDAY FAX – FEBRUARY 23, 2024 (Click here to download the PDF.)

1.   Visit the Meeting Schedule webpage to view a list of upcoming meetings with agendas. 

2.   
The City of Myrtle Beach’s GIS Division has launched a new, searchable database of Ocean Woods Cemetery!  Users can access the free map online to locate the final resting place of loved ones at the city-owned cemetery, 2408 South Kings Highway.  To locate a loved one, type in the first or last name in the search box to pull up the site location, birth/death dates and a photo of the grave marker.  Staff utilized Trimble TDC650 GPS technology to geo-map and photograph each of the cemetery’s more than 6,500 gravesites, with its oldest dating back to 1879.  Visit https://comb.maps.arcgis.com/home/index.html to view this map and others.  For additional information about the project, send an email to GIS Technician Izzy Champ at ichamp@cityofmyrtlebeach.com.

3.   This week, Myrtle Beach city team members have been installing temporary barriers in preparation for the Myrtle Beach Marathon next Saturday, March 2, 2024.  This year’s event will bring approximately 4,000 runners to Myrtle Beach!  Locals and visitors, plan ahead for closures and congestion along the race route and allow extra time to get to your destination.  Please be patient, share the roadways with runners and drive with care.  Or, find an alternate route using a wayfinding app.  Guests parking along Ocean Boulevard on Friday evening should park on the west side of the roadway to easily access their vehicles on Saturday.  Known locally as “the bypass,” motorists looking to travel north or south are encouraged to use U.S. Highway 17 since it is not part of the race route.  Here are the anticipated closure times for this year’s event:

3:30 to 11:00 a.m. – All Lanes on Robert M. Grissom Parkway, from 21st Avenue North to Mr. Joe White Avenue/10th Avenue North
3:30 a.m. to 7:30 a.m. – All Lanes on Robert M. Grissom Parkway, from 29th to 21st Avenues North
3:30 to 7:30 a.m. – All Lanes on 21st Avenue North, from Kings Street to Greens Boulevard
5:50 to 7:00 a.m. – All Lanes on Mr. Joe White Avenue/10th Avenue North, from Robert M. Grissom Parkway to Kings Highway
6:00 to 8:00 a.m. – Southbound Lanes on Kings Highway, from Mr. Joe White Avenue/10th Avenue North to Farrow Parkway
6:00 to 10:00 a.m. – All Lanes on Mr. Joe White Avenue/10th Avenue North, from Kings Highway to Ocean Boulevard
6:30 to 9:00 a.m. – All Lanes on Farrow Parkway, from Kings Highway to Meyers Avenue
6:30 to 9:00 a.m. – Eastbound Lane on Pampas Drive, from Mallard Lake Drive to Farrow Parkway
6:30 to 9:00 a.m. – All Lanes on Emmens Avenue, from Gabreski Lane to Farrow Parkway
6:30 to 9:00 a.m. – All Lanes on Howard Parkway, from Farrow Parkway to Reed Street
6:45 to 10:15 a.m. – Northbound Lanes on Ocean Boulevard, from South Kings Highway to Eighth Avenue North
7:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. – All Lanes on 21st Avenue North, from Greens Boulevard to Robert M. Grissom Parkway
7:00 to 10:15 a.m. – All Lanes on Ocean Boulevard, from Eighth to 12th Avenues North
7:00 to 10:30 a.m. – One West-Bound Lane on Mr. Joe White Avenue/10th Avenue North, from Robert M. Grissom Parkway to Kings Highway
7:00 to 11:00 a.m. – Northbound Lanes on Ocean Boulevard, from 12th to 31st Avenues North
7:00 to 11:00 a.m. – Northbound Curb Lane on Ocean Boulevard, from 31st to 52nd Avenues North
7:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. – Northbound Lanes on Ocean Boulevard, from 52nd Avenue North to 82nd Parkway
7:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. – Eastbound Lanes on Grande Dunes Boulevard, from Ocean Boulevard to Kings Highway
7:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. – All Lanes on Grande Dunes Boulevard, from Kings Highway to U.S. Highway 17 “Bypass”
7:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. – Northbound Lanes on North Ocean Boulevard, from Porcher Drive to 82nd Parkway
7:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. – Southbound Curb Lane on Kings Highway, from Grande Dunes Boulevard to 65th Avenue North
8:00 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. – Westbound Lanes on 65th Avenue North, from Kings Highway to U.S. Highway 17 “Bypass”
8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. – Southbound Lane on Frontage Road, from 65th to 62nd Avenues North
8:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. – Northbound Lane #2 on Robert M. Grissom Parkway, from Perrin’s Path to 21st Avenue North

4.   To celebrate National “Set a Good Example” Day, join community members and Keep Myrtle Beach Beautiful volunteers for a cleanup event from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m. on Monday, February 26, 2024.  The event takes place at Hurl Rocks Park, 1905 South Ocean Boulevard, and all litter collection supplies will be provided.  For additional details and to register, see https://tinyurl.com/KMBBHurlRocksPark.  

5.   Current and prospective business owners in Myrtle Beach, sign up today for the free Myrtle Beach Lender Matchmaker Event on Thursday, February 29, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., at the Myrtle Beach Convention Center, 2101 North Oak Street.  Attendees will meet Small Business Association (SBA) lenders and pitch requests in private, one-on-one sessions.  Business plans with financial projections are strongly encouraged.  The event is sponsored by SCORE, the U.S. Small Business Administration, SBA’s Veterans Business Outreach Centers, I-Hope Women’s Business Center, South Carolina SBDC, Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce and City of Myrtle Beach.  Note that registration is required.  To sign up, visit https://tinyurl.com/MBLenderMatchmakerEventFeb24.

6.   Best of luck to the Myrtle Beach Fire Department’s hockey team for their upcoming charity game against Columbia firefighters on Saturday, March 2, 2024.  The game begins at 4:00 p.m. at Polar Ice Wilmington, 7201 Ogden Business Lane, in Wilmington, North Carolina.  Tickets cost $10.  The charity game serves as a fundraiser for Lt. Scott Williams’ daughter, who was born 10 weeks early and had an extended stay in MUSC’s NICU.  She’s doing well now, and proceeds will cover the cost of medical bills.  We hope to see you there!

7.   Looking ahead, the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) is partnering with the City of Myrtle Beach to host a free overdose response training event from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m., Thursday, March 7, 2024.  The session will take place in Classroom A at General Robert H. Reed Recreation Center, 800 Gabreski Lane.  Participants will learn how to recognize an overdose and administer life-saving Narcan.  Space is limited.  To register, see https://tinyurl.com/OverdoseResponseTrainingEvent.

8.   The Myrtle Beach Collegiate Challenge, a college/open track and field meet, is Friday and Saturday, March 8-9, 2024.  This event takes place at Doug Shaw Memorial Stadium, 705 33rd Avenue North.  For details, visit https://tinyurl.com/MBCollegiateChallenge.  Interested in volunteering?  See https://cityofmyrtlebeach.volunteerlocal.com/volunteer/.

9.   The Myrtle Beach Police and Fire Departments, Horry County Police and Fire Departments, North Myrtle Beach Police and Fire Departments, Murrells Inlet/Garden City Fire Department and SC Highway Patrol square off in the 15th annual Guns & Hoses Charity Softball Tournament on Saturday, March 9, 2024.  Admission costs $5 and games take place at the Myrtle Beach Pelicans Stadium, 1251 21st Avenue North.  This fun, family-friendly event includes softball games, raffle prizes, a hot dog buffet and more.  All ticket and buffet sales benefit SOS Care, Inc. and Horry County Project Lifesaver, a search and rescue tracking program for “at risk” individuals who are prone to wandering (persons with Alzheimer’s, autism, Down syndrome, dementia or cognitive conditions).  The event is sponsored by 707 Indoor Shooting Range, Belfor Property Restoration, New York Life, Tidelands Dental, WMBF News and the Myrtle Beach Pelicans.  To learn more, visit https://www.milb.com/myrtle-beach/events/gunsandhoses.

10.   A friendly reminder that Daylight Saving Time begins at 2:00 a.m., Sunday, March 10, 2024.  Be sure to set clocks ahead one hour on Saturday evening, March 9.  The Myrtle Beach Fire Department encourages everyone to change your smoke detector batteries when you change your clocks.  Smoke detectors save lives!

11.   A comprehensive list of city-related activities, events, festivals and programs is available online.  The Events webpage, a downloadable PDF file, is updated weekly.

12.   To celebrate Black History Month, local preschoolers gathered at Chapin Memorial Library on Wednesday for a special reading of Okra Stew, and that’s the subject of our Photos of the Week.  Natalie Daise, the author and illustrator, brought Gullah Geechee life and language to the youngsters through her fictional characters.  This fun, insightful look at Gullah Geechee culture included tastings of actual okra stew, the dish “Bobo” makes in the book.  A special thank you to Chapin Memorial Library staff and the United Way of Horry County for sponsoring the program.  To view these photos and more, visit our Photos of the Week Library webpage.

13.   Did you know...  That 2024 marks the 85th anniversary of Chapin Memorial Library?  In 1939, the library opened at a location on North Kings Highway with a total of 501 books.  During World War II (1939-1945), the library relocated to the Chapin Company building as part of the government recreation program for soldiers.  And, in August 1948, the Chapin Foundation provided $40,000 for a library on City of Myrtle Beach park land, along with an additional $2,000 for landscaping needs.  Chapin Memorial Library opened at the present-day location on June 1, 1949.  The library’s namesake is Mr. Simeon B. Chapin, an early developer of Myrtle Beach, and it is the only city-owned library in South Carolina.  To learn more about its many programs and offerings, visit https://www.chapinlibrary.org/.


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