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Myrtle Beach Friday Fax Memo

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FRIDAY, MARCH 15, 2019

1.  Next week’s meeting schedule and agendas are attached.  Note the Special City Council Meeting at 8:00 a.m., Monday, March 18.  As indicated on the agenda, Council will review applications for the position of city attorney, who is appointed by Council.  Longtime Myrtle Beach City Attorney Tom Ellenburg advised Council in January that he would retire at the end of his current term in June. 

2.  Myrtle Beach is hosting a spring Job Expo from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., Saturday, March 30, at Futrell Park on Mr. Joe White Avenue.  Companies seeking employees may contact Chris Wiggins at 843-918-2338 or chriswiggins@cityofmyrtlebeach.com for more information or a spot at the Expo.  Everyone’s invited to attend!  Update your résumé and put your best foot forward for your future in Myrtle Beach. 

3.  Looking ahead, Myrtle Beach welcomes the 31st annual Pee Dee Street Rodders’ “Run to the Sun” Car and Truck Show next Thursday, Friday and Saturday, March 21-23.  The event fills the former Myrtle Square Mall site with 3,200 vehicles.  Admission is free.  For more information, visit www.peedeestreetrodders.com.   

4.  The Myrtle Beach Police Department will host Memorial Day Weekend meetings for the community and businesses in the next few weeks.  Community meetings are set for 6:00 p.m., Thursday, March 28 and April 11, at the Train Depot.  Business meetings for owners and managers will be held at 10:00 a.m., Thursday, April 4 and April 18, again at the Train Depot.  Staff will be on hand to share the weekend’s operational plans and answer questions.  For more information, visit http://police.cityofmyrtlebeach.com/memorial-day-weekend/ 

5.  Do you know an outstanding volunteer who serves the veterans’ community here in Myrtle Beach and Horry County?  The Military Appreciation Committee is launching the Colonel Robert Hawkins Veteran Volunteer Service Award to recognize a volunteer for services to a veterans’ group, an individual veteran, a veteran’s family and/or the greater Grand Strand veterans’ community.  Nominees must be residents of Horry County and a role model for veterans and others.  The late Bob Hawkins, a retired US Army colonel, was instrumental in planning the events during May.  Applications are available at www.militaryappreciationdays.com and are accepted through April 1.  The direct link is  http://www.militaryappreciationdays.com/Colonel%20Robert%20Hawkins%20Veterans%20Volunteer%20Service%20Award%20Nomination.pdf.

6.  Want to know what events and activities are scheduled in Myrtle Beach?  See http://www.cityofmyrtlebeach.com/Events.pdf.  It’s a comprehensive list of city-related festivals, concerts, programs and more, updated weekly with new information.  Check out the Calendar feature on the city’s website at https://www.cityofmyrtlebeach.com/calendar.php for a list of city meetings, events and other scheduled activities.   

7.  Rededication of the newly-updated Nance Plaza earlier this month is the subject of our Photos of the Week.  The plaza is named for Daniel Wayne Nance and Mary Ellen Todd Nance, one of Myrtle Beach’s founding couples.  Their descendants turned out in force for the event.  The plaza makeover included a new entry sign, a new fence, new landscaping, new seating and new lighting.  Nance Plaza is on Kings Highway at Ninth Avenue North in the heart of Myrtle Beach’s central business district. 

8.  Did you know…  That sports tourism in the City of Myrtle Beach produced $137 million in direct spending during 2018?  Of that total, $12.7 million was returned to local governments (city, county and state), with Myrtle Beach receiving nearly $2.4 million.  Baseball was the biggest economic contributor at $49 million, followed by fast-pitch softball at more than $23 million.  Other top revenue-generating sports for the community included basketball ($15.8 million), dance ($10.2 million) cheerleading ($8.2 million) slow-pitch softball ($6.6 million) volleyball ($6.3 million) and gymnastics ($2.9 million).  Dollar-wise, July was the biggest month with $45.3 million in direct spending.  The history and success of sports tourism in Myrtle Beach is the subject of new post at the Myrtle Beach Point of View blog.  Check it out at https://myrtlebeachpointofview.wordpress.com/2019/03/13/myrtle-beach-scores-big-with-sports-tourism/.

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