Myrtle Beach Friday Fax Memo
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FRIDAY, MAY 13, 2022
1. Next week’s meeting schedule is attached.
2. Renovations are underway for Myrtle Beach’s historic Oak Street Cemetery, 700-A 21st Avenue North. Parks, Recreation and Sports Tourism Department team members are overseeing the improvements. Work includes: removal of over-grown shrubs, soil buildup, debris and trees; new, decorative black picket fence installation; monument restoration and bronze military markers for veterans; and, new landscaping, mulch, trash cans, benches and irrigation. The renovations are funded with the department’s infrastructure account. For more information, contact Kurt Klepper at email@example.com.
3. Myrtle Beach is partnering with Championship Autism Network (CAN) to provide autism training for city employees. Myrtle Beach was first designated as an “autism-friendly” city and destination by the Champion Autism Network in 2018. The city received the “autism-friendly” certification by working to provide more sensory-friendly experiences for children and their families, like Savannah’s Playground. This spring, city team members are receiving specialized autism instruction as part of the organization’s “First in Service” commitment to support residents and visitors of all abilities.
All learning exercises are tailored to each of the city’s 16 departments. For example, Emergency Medical Services, Fire, Neighborhood Services, Police and Recreation department members are being taught how to respond to behaviors associated with autism, while other departments are learning ways to better assist individuals with autism and their families. All departments’ training emphasizes face-to-face interactions with the public.
The collective efforts of the City of Myrtle Beach, Myrtle Beach International Airport, attractions, hotels, restaurants and other businesses paved the way for more inclusive experiences for all. “We are so grateful for the continued commitment by the Myrtle Beach community in supporting people with autism,” CAN executive director Becky Large said. “It helps us to continue our vision to create a world where all people with autism ‘CAN’ live, work and play without judgment, guilt or worry,” she added.
4. A special football camp featuring Gamecock and Myrtle Beach native Luke Doty, alongside former Gamecock Connor Shaw, is set for 9:00 to 11:00 a.m., Saturday, May 21, at Doug Shaw Memorial Stadium, 705 33rd Avenue North. Shaw Camps, a sponsor of the Boys and Girls Club of the Grand Strand, hosts various camps across the state to provide young football players with opportunities to learn and grow. Athletes, ages six to 13, are invited to participate in non-contact skill drills, with one-on-one instruction from Doty and Shaw. All positions and experience levels are welcome! Participation costs $25 and spots are limited. Register online at https://www.shawcamps.com/register/myrtlebeach.
5. Everyone’s invited to the next Charlie’s Place Market on Saturday, May 21, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. The market, 1420 Carver Street, features local business owners and products. Admission is free and vendor registration is free! Interested in becoming a vendor? To submit a vendor application, see https://forms.gle/GUWMg1sRWEXHTgfT6. Questions? Contact Alfreda Funnye at firstname.lastname@example.org.
6. Seasonal rules for umbrellas go into effect on Monday, May 30. Memorial Day through Labor Day, only circular umbrellas, up to seven-and-a-half feet in diameter, are allowed. Umbrellas must be in line with or behind the lifeguards’ line of umbrellas or landward of the mean high tide line. Infant shelters are allowed year-round, but cannot be any larger than four feet wide, three feet deep and three feet tall. To learn more, see our Tents & Umbrellas webpage.
7. 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.
8. 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.
9. The Junior ROTC students from five high schools competed last weekend during Military Appreciation Days, and that’s the subject of our Photos of the Week. Young men and women in uniform marched and drilled under the watchful eyes of US Army Recruiters, who served as judges for the Horry County Drill Meet. The Navy Junior ROTC from Myrtle Beach High School again took home the top honors. Conway placed second, and Carolina Forest claimed third. The teams competed in armed squad, unarmed squad, armed platoon, unarmed platoon, freshman unarmed squad, color guard and individual knock-outs in both armed and unarmed categories. Thanks to everyone who came out to see these young men and women in action. The event ended with a picnic for the students, their parents and military family members in the Pelicans’ stadium.
10. Did you know... That, in 1948, a section of the Myrtle Beach Airport property was leased by turkey farmers? The area, once used for housing troops, hosted three turkey farms, raising approximately 50,000 birds per year. The original idea was met with skepticism, since air traffic could have caused the turkeys to stampede. Surprisingly, the turkeys adjusted well to the airplanes flying at low altitudes and paid little attention to them!
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