Myrtle Beach officially became a town on March 12, 1938, when the State of South Carolina issued the official charter. Voters went to the polls in 1937 to answer the ballot question about incorporation of Myrtle Beach. The vote was overwhelmingly in favor: 133 to eight.

The City of Myrtle Beach has received more than $600,000 in Community Development Block Grant funds to provide relief for small businesses reeling from COVID-19’s economic effects. The application for this one-time money will exist later this week. The primary objective is to assist low-to-moderate income people by retaining jobs that would have otherwise been lost due to hardships attributable to COVID-19.

In March 2019, the City of Myrtle Beach approved an increase in its Local Accommodations Tax from 0.5% to 3% and implemented its 2% Hospitality Tax. In July 2019, the city began to collect these taxes, and Horry County ceased collection of its 1.5% Hospitality Fee inside the city’s corporate limits. Recently, the city and the county reached a settlement of the lawsuit contesting the county’s collection of the 1.5% Hospitality Fee from city businesses.

Here’s a chance to put your artistic skills to good use and have your creation appear in public! The City of Myrtle Beach has received a grant from the AARP Community Challenge to create and display bicycle and pedestrian safety messages at 10 key intersections throughout the city. The contest is for 10 illustrations that convey a Myrtle Beach-related message about bicycle or pedestrian safety, wayfinding or proper social distancing for walkers and bikers.