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.
Heroin and opioid abuse is a national health crisis, resulting in tens of thousands of deaths. Sadly, Horry and Georgetown Counties have not been exempt from this epidemic, which is why local governments and the medical community are joining forces to find solutions.
Nearly five years ago, Myrtle Beach voters approved a referendum supporting a performing arts center next to the Myrtle Beach Convention Center. The referendum would have allowed the city to issue $10 million in general obligation bonds for construction (and a tax increase to repay the bonds), but the city has not done so.
The City of Myrtle Beach hopes to establish a voluntary diversion program for those people who are homeless and find themselves in trouble with the law. The goal is to provide real help for individuals, especially repeat offenders, instead of just issuing more fines or jail sentences.
A relatively new program in Myrtle Beach allows the public to help with beautification, virtually city-wide. Called “Myrtle Beach in Bloom,” it allows organizations, businesses and community groups to sponsor and maintain public property landscapes. In return, the visual improvements feature signage with the sponsor’s name and “Myrtle Beach in Bloom” logo.
The Myrtle Beach City Council has an important decision to make about the Tourism Development Fee, or TDF. Local businesses and homeowners have benefited mightily from the fee since its implementation in late 2009. Now, with the 10 year anniversary approaching, City Council must decide whether and how to renew the Tourism Development Fee.