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.

At Tuesday’s meeting, the Myrtle Beach City Council approved an access and decorum policy for all City Council meetings, as well as meetings of other city boards, commissions and committees.  The resolution encourages appropriate and even passionate expression of all points of view; however, Council recognizes that expressions in a public meeting should be reasonable and civil.

First impressions send a message, and we want the message to be that Ocean Boulevard and areas east of Kings Highway are fun, inviting places for our millions of visitors to explore.  Most property owners understand the importance of keeping their property clean, free of trash and weeds, and well-maintained, but a little extra effort goes a long way.

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?