As we begin 2018, the City of Myrtle Beach is poised to welcome a new mayor, one returning Council member and two new Council members to four-year terms. This orderly transition of power – one of the hallmarks of our democracy – will occur at 1:00 p.m., Tuesday, January 9, in the Ted C. Collins Law Enforcement Center.

It’s no surprise that our millions of visitors who vacation here tend to think of the whole place as “Myrtle Beach.”  They’re busy enjoying all that the Grand Strand has to offer and rarely have reason wonder if they’re in Myrtle Beach, North Myrtle Beach or simply unincorporated Horry County.  But what about local residents who live here full-time?