Myrtle Beach Friday Fax Memo
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FRIDAY, APRIL 13, 2018
1. Next week’s meeting schedule and agendas are attached. Note that City Council has a special meeting at 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, April 17, during the budget retreat (see item 2).
2. The Myrtle Beach City Council holds its annual budget retreat Monday and Tuesday, April 16 and 17, in Rooms 106-108 at the Sheraton Myrtle Beach Convention Center Hotel. See the attached agenda for the discussion items. The city manager will present a balanced budget to Council for its consideration. Myrtle Beach’s fiscal year begins July 1. The public is invited to attend the retreat.
3. The Goddess of the Sea, a 12-foot-tall bronze statue, will be installed in Plyler Park on Ocean Boulevard at 10:00 a.m., Wednesday, April 18. The statue features a mermaid and leaping dolphins and will be a focal point for the newly-renovated park. Tuesday, the park contractor will dry-fit the statue to a granite cap. Wednesday morning, the statue will be permanently mounted to the central pedestal. This process should go quickly, as epoxy is involved. The sculpture was created by Kristen Visbal, who also created Fearless Girl, the bronze statue of the young girl, hands on hips, staring down the Wall Street bull. Funding for the Goddess of the Sea was provided by the Myrtle Beach Public Art Initiative, Buz Plyler, the City of Myrtle Beach, the Downtown Redevelopment Corporation and others.
4. Does your business offer a military discount? New decals will tell customers that you are military-friendly. The Military Appreciation Days Committee and the Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce have created free static cling decals which businesses can post to show that they offer a military discount. Decals are available at several locations, including the Chamber’s offices at 1200 North Oak Street, City Hall at 937 Broadway Street and the city’s business license office in the City Services Building at 921 North Oak Street. The idea for the decals grew out of a discussion last year about Military Appreciation Days. The committee realized that many Grand Strand businesses offer year-round discounts. See www.militaryappreciationdays.com for more information about May activities.
5. See the updated weekly Events list at http://www.cityofmyrtlebeach.com/Events.pdf for more activities.
6. Looking ahead, the second annual Food Truck Festival is next Friday through Sunday, April 20-22, at the Burroughs & Chapin Pavilion Place on Ocean Boulevard. Admission to the festival is free. The event features live music, children’s activities and more than 30 food trucks from which to choose. For details, visit www.myrtlebeachfoodtruckfestival.com.
7. Last weekend’s Jazz in the Park at Chapin Park is the subject of our Photos of the Week. The weather may have been chilly for Spring, but the crowd appreciated the lively music provided by four local groups: The Stardusters, Bull Canty and Friends, the Socastee High School Jazz Band and Chocolate Chip & Company. Jazz in the Park was sponsored by the city’s Neighborhood Services Department. This was the first time that the stage has been used at the recently improved park.
8. Did you know… that Myrtle Beach was one of the first governments in the state to post its weekly check registers online for the public to see? The City of Myrtle Beach began posting weekly check registers in July 2009. In September 2009, SC Comptroller General Richard Eckstrom held a news conference on the steps of City Hall to recognize Myrtle Beach for its transparency and to encourage other governments to follow the city’s example. Visit http://www.cityofmyrtlebeach.com/departments/finance_department/check_registers_and_disbursements.php for the current list of weekly check registers.
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