Myrtle Beach Friday Fax Memo

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1.   Next week’s meeting schedule is attached.

2.   The City of Myrtle Beach hosts the Crain Woods Pier Dedication Ceremony at 11:00 a.m. tomorrow (Saturday, August 17) at Futrell Park, 1100 Mr. Joe White Avenue.   Everyone’s invited to celebrate the memory of this former City Council member and long-time educator.  Following the event, please visit the 20th anniversary celebration of Fire Station No. 1, which is next door to the park.  The Myrtle Beach Fire Department welcomes neighbors and children to an open house until 2:00 p.m. 

3.   Downtown property owners and others can learn more about historic preservation incentives and tax credits at a Historic District Educational Workshop to be held at 5:30 p.m., Wednesday, August 28, at the Myrtle Beach Train Depot.  Come learn what it means to be in a Historic District and about useful financial resources that may be available to help rehabilitate historic buildings.  The South Carolina Department of Archives and History has placed Myrtle Beach’s historic downtown on the nomination list for the National Register of Historic Places.  The nomination includes portions of Main Street, Oak Street, Broadway Street, North Kings Highway and Eighth and Ninth Avenues North.  In total, 18 contributing buildings and eight non-contributing buildings are under review, with final approval expected in September.  This will allow contributing buildings to utilize state and federal tax credits.  For more information about the workshop, contact Lauren Clever at  

4.   The filing period for Myrtle Beach’s fall municipal election opens at 12:00 p.m., Friday, August 23, and closes at 12:00 p.m., Friday, September 6.  The election takes place on Tuesday, November 5, when voters will elect three City Council members.  City elections are non-partisan and at-large, with members serving four-year terms.  Candidates must file a Statement of Candidacy with the City Clerk by the filing deadline.  The South Carolina Ethics Commission also requires a statement of economic interest and campaign disclosure form.  Contact City Clerk Jennifer Stanford at for details.

5.   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.comIf 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...

  • Bicycle and Pedestrian Committee (1 seat)
  • 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 (2 seat)
  • Myrtle Beach Housing Authority (1 seat)
  • Recreation Advisory Committee (6 seats)
  • Technology Advisory Group (3 seats)
  • Tourism Committee (5 seats)
  • Waccamaw Regional Board of Directors (1 seat)

6.   The application deadline for the Myrtle Beach Fire Department’s second session of the Citizens Fire Academy is 5:00 p.m., Monday, August 19.  The 10-week program gives participants an in-depth, behind the scenes look at the City of Myrtle Beach’s outstanding fire and rescue team.  Classes are 9:00 to 11:00 a.m. on Wednesdays, September 4 through November 13.  For more information and to download the application, see

7.   Looking ahead, city offices and facilities will be closed Monday, September 2, for Labor Day.  However, residential solid waste and recycling will be collected on the usual Monday-through-Thursday schedule that week, including Labor Day Monday.

8.   The 2019-20 grant application for Accommodations Tax funding is now available.  The submission deadline is 5:00 p.m., Thursday, September 26.  For more information, including the application, see

9.   The Grand Strand Humane Society presents “Woofstock,” a one-day fundraising concert series from 12:00 to 10:00 p.m. on Saturday, August 24, at Burroughs & Chapin Pavilion Place, 812 North Ocean Boulevard.  Activities include live music, local vendors, food trucks and a kids’ zone. Admission is a $10 donation to Grand Strand Humane Society and provides event-goers with all-day access.  Attendees, please bring a beach chair or blanket.  For more information, call the Grand Strand Humane Society at 843-918-4910.

10.   Looking for something to do in Myrtle Beach?  Visit our Events webpage for a comprehensive list of activities.  See file of city-related festivals, concerts, programs and more is updated weekly.

11.   Youngsters in Camp Cool Out at Mary C. Canty Recreation Center delighted parents and grandparents last week with their end-of-summer talent show, and that’s
the subject of our Photos of the Week.  They performed skits and sang songs, complete with costumes, much to the delight of the audience.  The day camp talent shows are a big hit every year.  Remember that school starts Monday, August 19, in Horry County.

12.   Did you know...  That two Myrtle Beach police officers work full-time as School Resource Officers (SROs) at Myrtle Beach Middle School and Myrtle Beach High School?  The city’s formal SRO program began in September 1999, with the officers’ salary and benefits funded by a three-year grant.  Following the grant, the city and the Horry County School District each agreed to pay half of the salaries and benefits.  SRO’s are asked to make a three-year commitment when chosen for the assignment, although some choose to serve longer.  What do School Resource Officers do?  The uniformed SROs teach classes where law enforcement and decision-making skills are involved.  Topics include juvenile law, vaping and internet safety.  The officers also work closely with faculty to:  create and review emergency and security plans; attend and participate in athletic and special events; and, communicate with students one-on-one and form relationships built on trust.  In short, the SROs go where the students go!  The officers also handle criminal offenses that occur on campus.  In the past, SROs have been instrumental in solving crimes that involved students or former students.  Special SRO programs include the Annual Pledge Against Gun Violence, a pledge program to resolve conflict through non-violent means, as well as other safety programs (prom night safety, D.U.I. prevention, etc.).  During summer vacation, the officers resume regular patrol duties and often assist with community juvenile programs.

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