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Myrtle Beach Friday Fax Memo

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FRIDAY, MAY 24, 2019

1.   Next week’s meeting schedule is attached.  Note that city offices and facilities are open as usual on Memorial Day, Monday, May 27.  Residential solid waste and recycling will be collected on the regular Monday-through-Thursday schedule, including Memorial Day.

2.   Join us for the Myrtle Beach Military Appreciation Days Parade at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, May 25, at The Market Common.  The parade route follows Pampas Drive to Howard Avenue to Farrow Parkway.  Horry County resident and World War II US Army Nurse Treva Greene will serve as the Honorary Grand Marshal.  She joins official Grand Marshal Keni Thomas, a former US Army Ranger and country music performer, in the annual parade, which winds its way through The Market Common on Farrow Parkway.  Both Greene and Thomas will meet the public and sign autographs after the parade at the Family Picnic at Valor Memorial Garden, 1120 Farrow Parkway.  The picnic includes hamburgers and hotdogs, various exhibits and live music by the US Air Force’s Blue Aces band.
 
3.   The Military Appreciation Committee and Combat Veterans Motorcycle Association (CVMA) invite all veterans to participate in the Veterans’ March on Memorial Day Monday, May 27.  The march begins at 9:00 a.m., with veterans walking along Ocean Boulevard from 16th Avenue North to Ninth Avenue North.  This is not a parade; veterans are walking on Memorial Day in remembrance of those lost while serving our country.  The public is encouraged to show support along the route.  Questions?  Contact Harry “Theo” Theodoris at theo.cvma@gmail.com.
 
8:00 a.m. – Shuttle buses take marchers to the event site from the Myrtle Beach Convention Center.  Veterans, please park at the Convention Center, 2101 North Oak Street.
           
9:00 a.m. – Veterans march along Ocean Boulevard, from 16th to Ninth Avenue North. 
 
9:30 a.m. – A brief address by a guest speaker and performance of the Battlefield Cross Ceremony will follow the march at the Burroughs & Chapin Pavilion Place, 812 North Ocean Boulevard.
 
4.   Following the Veterans’ March, the public is invited to attend the Memorial Day Remembrance Ceremony, sponsored by the Military Appreciation Committee.  The ceremony begins at 11:00 a.m., Monday, May 27, in Ballrooms ABC at the Myrtle Beach Convention Center.  Refreshments will be provided afterwards.  Parking at the Convention Center is complimentary for this event.  Retired U.S. Navy Commander Al Agnew serves as the guest speaker for the ceremony.  A native of Mullins, South Carolina, Agnew was shot down over North Vietnam by a MiG-21 on December 28, 1972.  Agnew survived the attack, but was held in captivity as a prisoner of war for 91 days.  Following his release and recovery, he continued to serve our country at six other duty stations.
 
5.  Everyone is invited to the Grand 14 Cinemas, 4002 DeVille Street, at 2:00 p.m. on Monday, May 27, for the annual Memorial Day Tribute film.  This year’s film by CCU historian Rod Gragg is “Death Drop:  The 82nd Airborne and D-Day.”  The documentary chronicles the remarkable story of the U.S. Army’s 82nd Airborne Division’s participation in D-Day.  Complimentary refreshments will be served, courtesy of the theatre.  The free screening is sponsored by Coastal Carolina University’s Center for Military and Veterans Studies, Grand 14 Cinemas, the Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce, Goldfinch Funeral Home and the City of Myrtle Beach. 
 
6.   Traffic congestion in Myrtle Beach peaks during Memorial Day weekend, especially on Ocean Boulevard.  An executive order by City Manager John Pedersen authorizes the Myrtle Beach Police Department to prohibit golf carts and mopeds on Ocean Boulevard, from 29th Avenue North to the southern point of city limits.  This excludes golf carts used by the police department to monitor traffic and maintain public safety.  The order limiting golf carts goes into effect at 12:01 a.m. on Friday, May 24, and expires when the traffic control devices are removed on Monday, May 27.  The order prohibiting mopeds on Ocean Boulevard is in effect during the following times….

  • 8:00 p.m. to midnight, Thursday, May 23
  • 12:01 a.m. to 8:00 a.m., Friday May 24
  • 8:00 p.m. to midnight, Friday May 24
  • 12:01 a.m. to 8:00 a.m., Saturday, May 25
  • 8:00 p.m. to midnight, Saturday, May 25
  • 12:01 a.m. to 8:00 a.m., Sunday, May 26
  • 8:00 p.m. to midnight, Sunday, May 26
  • 12:01 a.m. until traffic control devices are removed, Monday, May 27
7.   The extended traffic pattern for 2019 Memorial Day weekend will be in effect from 10:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m., Friday, Saturday and Sunday, May 24-26.  The goal is to ensure safety for drivers and pedestrians, enhance emergency response times and prevent gridlock.  Myrtle Beach is committed to a safe, friendly environment for our visitors and residents.  For more information, see https://police.cityofmyrtlebeach.com/memorial-day-weekend/.
 
8.   If you have questions about traffic, the Myrtle Beach Police Department again offers an information line, 843-918-INFO (4636), for the Memorial Day Weekend.  The line is available 24 hours-a-day, through Monday, May 27.
 
9.   It’s “umbrellas only” on the beach, beginning Monday, May 27.  Tents and canopies are not allowed again until the day after Labor Day, with the exception of infant tents that are smaller than three feet in any dimension.  Umbrellas up to seven-and-a-half feet in diameter are allowed in line with, or behind, the established umbrella line.  For more, see www.cityofmyrtlebeach.com/i_want_to/learn_about/tents_and_umbrellas.php.
 
10.   The International Student Outreach Program (ISOP) for visiting J-1 international students continues on Tuesdays, through July 9.  Volunteers from throughout the community, many speaking the languages of our visiting students, provide weekly orientation programs on Tuesdays at 9:00 a.m.  The programs take place at Seacoast Vineyard Church, 504 27th Avenue North, and cover a variety of topics, including bicycle safety, banking, Social Security numbers, transportation, hurricane preparedness, living arrangements and local activities. 
 
11.   Motorists should anticipate a road closure from 7:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., Wednesday, May 29, on South Ocean Boulevard, between Second and Third Avenues South.  The closure allows for the set-up and take-down of a crane to install a HVAC unit on top of the Sandy Beach Resort Tower. (This was rescheduled from this week.) 
 
12.  Looking ahead, the Myrtle Beach Police Department hosts a Carolina Country Music Festival (CCMF) meeting for area businesses at 9:30 a.m., Thursday, May 30.  The meeting at the Myrtle Beach Train Depot, 851 Broadway Street, will provide information on traffic patterns and public safety plans during the festival.  Questions?  Call 843-918-1382 for information.
 
13.   Join us for the “Pickleball with a Purpose” Tournament at Pepper Geddings Recreation Center, 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., Friday and Saturday, May 31-June 1.  The tournament is in memory of Mrs. Rena Grant, who brought the fun sport of pickleball to Myrtle Beach.  Proceeds benefit the Mark Schild Youth Scholarship Fund, which provides funding for children to participate in sporting events. For more information, call 843-918-2280.  Or, stop by the front desk at Pepper Geddings Recreation Center, 3205 North Oak Street.
 
14.   Looking ahead, the 64th Annual Sun Fun Festival is Friday through Sunday, May 31-June 2, on Ocean Boulevard and in Plyler Park.  Since 1951, the popular Sun Fun Festival has been a Myrtle Beach tradition!  Activities include a parade, large sandcastles, various family-friendly events, live concerts in Plyler Park and more.  The United States Army Golden Knights Parachute Team will perform twice.  Visit www.sunfunmb.com.
 
Friday, May 31
6:00 to 10:00 p.m. – Opening Ceremony, Free Activities, Fun with DJ Matt and more!
8:00 p.m. – Swingin’ Medallions Live Performance
9:30 p.m. – Golden Knights U.S. Army Parachute Pyro Night Performance
 
Saturday, June 1
10:00 a.m. – The Sun Fun Festival Parade (Ocean Boulevard, Eighth to 16th Avenues North)
12:00 p.m. – Golden Knights U.S. Army Parachute Performance
5:00 to 10:00 p.m. – Free Activities, “Fun with DJ Matt” and more!
8:00 p.m. – Too Much Sylvia Live Performance
10:00 p.m. – Professional Fireworks Show
 
Sunday, June 2
5:00 to 10:00 p.m. – Free Activities, Fun with DJ Matt and more!
8:00 p.m. – The Official and Original Jimmy Buffett Tribute Show Live Performance

15.   Join us for the “Master of the Grill and Great Cake Bake-Off” event from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, June 1, at Withers Swash Park, 314 Withers Swash Drive.  See which City of Myrtle Beach department cooks the best burger and who bakes the best cake.  Attendees sample each burger and cake, and vote on the best.  Voting for burgers starts at 11:30 a.m.; cake voting begins at 12:00 p.m.  Employees compete for the Golden Spatula or the Golden Apron.  The winner will compete June 22 at Chapin Park for the Championship.  For more information, contact Troy Marron at 843-918-4906.
 
16.   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 jstanford@cityofmyrtlebeach.com.  If 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 (2 seats)
  • Chapin Memorial Library Advisory Board (1 seat)
  • Employee Recognition Committee (3 seats)
  • Human Rights Commission (2 seats)
  • Myrtle Beach Convention Center Hotel Board (1 seat)
  • Myrtle Beach Housing Authority (1 seat)
  • Recreation Advisory Committee (2 seats)
  • Seniors Advisory Committee (2 seats)
  • Tourism Committee (4 seats)
  • Waccamaw Regional Council of Governments Board of Directors (1 seat)
17.   The traffic calming proposal for The Market Common district is accessible on the city’s website.  To view, see www.cityofmyrtlebeach.com/news_detail_T6_R504.php. This plan was presented to the combined Neighborhood Watches during a recent meeting. 
 
18.   Looking for something to do in Myrtle Beach?  Visit our Events webpage for a comprehensive list of activities.  See www.cityofmyrtlebeach.com/Events.pdf.  This file of city-related festivals, concerts, programs and more is updated weekly with new information.
 
19.   The Myrtle Beach community provided a long-overdue “welcome home” to our local Vietnam veterans during a ceremony on May 17, and that’s our subject of Photos of the WeekThe program, held at General Robert H. Reed Recreation Center, was sponsored by the Military Appreciation Committee, the Vet Center, the Blue Star Mothers and the City of Myrtle Beach.  About 250 people attended.
 
20.   Did you know...  That storm names to be used during the 2019 hurricane season are:  Andrea, Barry, Chantal, Dorian, Erin, Fernand, Gabrielle, Humberto, Imelda, Jerry, Karen, Lorenzo, Melissa, Nestor, Olga, Pablo, Rebekah, Sebastien, Tanya, Van and Wendy?  The Atlantic Hurricane Season begins June 1 and ends November 30. 

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