Moody’s and Standard & Poor’s recently reviewed the outstanding Series 2016 Air Force Base Refunding TIF Bonds and the currently proposed Series 2018 AFB TIF Bonds. Both agencies issued ratings in the “A” category, with stable outlook, for the 2016 bonds. And, both assigned a similar rating to the proposed new issue of up to $15 million.
Since 1999, Myrtle Beach has addressed stormwater management and maintenance with a monthly utility fee, charged to residential and commercial properties alike based on the amount of runoff that each site generates. Much progress has been made in the nearly 20 years since the fee began, as evidenced by our lack of flooding and property damage inside the city from recent storms.
Moped riders must comply with new state safety and registration requirements beginning November 19, and illegal golf cart driving now carries a state penalty. The changes are thanks to the South Carolina General Assembly, which approved the new laws.
Domestic violence is a state and national problem affecting more than 10 million Americans annually. The Myrtle Beach Police Department usually averages five to six domestic violence calls per week, and Officer Michele Paitsel with the Police Department’s Family Services Unit is dedicated to handling these cases.
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.