The use and abuse of drugs containing opioids has been termed a national epidemic by academicians and government officials alike. Not only does this plague take a tremendous toll on those suffering from the disease and their families, but the societal cost in terms of crime (to feed the habit) and the consumption of public resources (to investigate the crimes committed and save the lives of those who overdose) is immense, as well.
The City of Myrtle Beach would like to set the record straight after a number of published articles have led some to believe that simply cursing could result in a fine in Myrtle Beach. The city and the Myrtle Beach Police Department support and defend the First Amendment and everyone’s constitutional right to free speech. Like most citizens, we would prefer that people speak and act kindly. Using profanity may be offensive, but by itself, it is NOT an offense.
Transparency is an important topic at every level of government. The Myrtle Beach City Council and staff believe our residents and neighbors are more than entitled to know how, when and why decisions are made, as well as how and where the public’s money is spent. Here are a few examples of the ways in which Myrtle Beach regularly provides this information.
The Myrtle Beach City Council and the city’s 900-plus staff members are pleased to present this summary of departmental accomplishments during the 2017-18 Fiscal Year. Myrtle Beach takes the “first in service” pledge seriously. Our staff strives to provide excellent customer service to residents, businesses and visitors, year-round.
Golf cart regulations have been a frequent topic in Myrtle Beach in recent days. No, you can’t drive a golf cart on a multipurpose path or a sidewalk. Yes, you can drive a golf cart on certain public streets, subject to a long list of requirements and limitations. But, the real question is, “How do I legally get from the Market Common area to the Myrtle Beach State Park?”
What began as a City Council idea in 2011 became New Directions in 2013. Now, five years later, New Directions has an excellent track record of success and accomplishment. Four emergency shelters were consolidated under one umbrella, and New Directions now provides genuine help to those who are homeless.
Attached are the law enforcement statistics for the 2018 Memorial Day weekend, which confirm that this was one of the safest Memorial Day weekends in many years. Nearly every type and category of criminal activity was down from previous years.
Myrtle Beach’s ocean water quality is excellent, thanks to years of improvements and a regular testing program. In this video, Myrtle Beach Public Information Officer Mark Kruea explains the texting program and what a “swimming advisory” actually means.
Myrtle Beach’s two percent development incentive has been in place for a couple of years, but may not be widely understood. The city has two forms of incentives for developers, and both work in basically the same way. Here’s a detailed explanation of the process.
Myrtle Beach’s Tourism Development Fee is only one of several extra one percent sales taxes that Horry County shoppers pay. Here’s a breakdown of the various taxes and fees charged when you make a purchase.