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Closing to Occur by June 21 on Dunes

On May 2, the city of North Myrtle Beach and Hillside Development, LLC signed a contract for the purchase and sale of 7.24 acres of the 9.35-acre site popularly known as Ingram Dunes. The purchase price is $2.5 million, based on an appraisal ordered by the landowner. The family of Charles Ingram will contribute $1.4 million to the purchase and the city of North Myrtle Beach, using its $500,000 contribution, a $500,000 grant from the S.C. Conservation Bank and donations from members of the public, will pay the remaining $1.1 million. A closing on the property will occur on or …

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Mayor signs proclamation denoting tourism week

Prior to the May 6 North Myrtle Beach City Council meeting, council members met in executive session for a legal briefing regarding the Sandridge Development Agreement. Council took no action. During the May 6 meeting, Mayor Marilyn Hatley presented a proclamation naming the week of May 5-11 as National Travel & Tourism week in North Myrtle Beach. Mayor Hatley said the city of North Myrtle Beach welcomes an estimated 4 million visitors annually and visitor spending is more than $467 million annually. Visitors pay more than $5.8 million in local taxes. Travel to and within the United States generated more …

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Nature trail is open at park

The new 2.5-mile McLeod Health Seacoast Nature Trail at the North Myrtle Beach Park & Sports Complex is open for your enjoyment. A ribbon cutting ceremony held on Tuesday, April 16, officially opened the trail. The trail features native vegetation and interesting wildlife. Users will see a variety of birds and animals and lush vegetation, including Longleaf pines. Mile markers posted along the trail help users track their distance and location. “Walking and hiking paths are essential to all cities, and North Myrtle Beach will continue to preserve and maintain these opportunities and open areas for our residents and visitors …

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Ordinance Creates Overlay District for Activity Centers

Prior to the April 15 North Myrtle Beach City Council meeting, Council members met in executive session for a legal briefing regarding Code of Laws of South Carolina, Section 57-9-10. Council took no action. During the April 15 meeting, Mayor Marilyn Hatley presented a Proclamation naming April 2019 as National Child Abuse & Neglect Prevention Month. She called on citizens to dedicate themselves to the task of improving quality of life for all children and families. Mayor Hatley said abuse and neglect affect about 679,000 American children annually. It is a serious problem affecting every segment of any community, and …

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Barefoot Landing submits first application for a Festival Zone

Prior to the April 1 North Myrtle Beach City Council meeting, Council members met in executive session to discuss an appointment to the Board of Zoning Appeals. Council also received a legal briefing on a proposed Common Interest and Confidentiality Agreement between the City of Myrtle Beach and the City of North Myrtle Beach, a proposed confidentiality agreement between municipalities and Horry County regarding I-73, the Maritime parking lot and property acquisitions. Council took no action. During the Monday night Council meeting, City Council recognized the Coastal Chairmen Wheelchair Basketball Team for its accomplishments. The team calls the North Myrtle …

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Council passes first reading on plastic bags ordinance

During the March 18 City Council meeting, Mayor Marilyn Hatley presented to Sea Haven for Youth Senior Community Services Coordinator Wendy Gore a proclamation declaring the week of March 17-March 23 as National Safe Place Week. This marks the 36th anniversary of the nationwide Safe Place collaborative community initiative. The proclamation urges the people of North Myrtle Beach to promote awareness of and volunteer involvement in the Safe Place program, managed locally by Sea Haven for Youth. Mayor Marilyn Hatley, left, presents a proclamation to Wendy Gore, right, during the Monday night North Myrtle Beach city council meeting. Safe Place …

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Citizens Academy graduates receive completion certificates

During the March 4 City Council meeting, City Council recognized and presented certificates of completion to North Myrtle Beach residents who graduated from the 2019 North Myrtle Beach Citizens Academy. Academy participants learned about work performed by city departments, their projects and some of the challenges they face. They also toured key city facilities. Citizens Academy graduates included Sheila Benson, Brittany Callahan, James Van Cooper, Brandon Downey, John Hedrick, Teresa Hedrick, Deborah Lashley, Susan Platt, Jim Rudge, Pam Rudge, Edward Silver and Tim Weis. We thank these residents for their interest in and commitment to the city of North Myrtle …

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The NMB Tree City Board presents February Award

The North Myrtle Beach Tree City Board has selected an oak tree located at Trinity United Methodist Church, at 706 14th Avenue South as its Tree of the Month for February. Those familiar with the tree’s history say it was planted in 1976 in memory of Jim Taibi, who passed away on June 2, 1976. Pastor Reverend William Williams, now a Methodist Bishop, presided over the ceremony and North Myrtle Beach gardener Jane McDaniel supervised the planting. A hurricane severely damaged one of the tree’s large limbs and a portion of its trunk. Instead of taking the tree down, the …

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Council approves special event permits

During the Feb. 4 North Myrtle Beach City Council meeting, over which Mayor Pro Tempore Terry White presided while Mayor Marilyn Hatley was in Columbia on city business, six city employees were presented with Employee Longevity Awards. The awards are given in five-year increments to employees who provide excellent customer service. Receiving the awards were Captain of Professional Standards Michael Baldasarre (25 years of service), Community Services Sergeant Michael Bienkoski (25), Aquatic Supervisor Judy Childers (5), Crew Leader I Dan Lewis (5), Crew Leader II Bernie Lowe, and Facility Maintenance Technician Kurt Ribelin (5). City Council approved a special event …

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Henry Lawrence Jones

Henry Lawrence Jones, 67, passed away Saturday, Jan. 19, 2019, at his home surrounded by his loving family. Born on Feb. 27, 1951, in Laurens, he was a son of the late Henry Lawrence Kennedy Jr. and Mary Elizabeth Milam. He was predeceased by his step-father, Robert Fleming Jones Jr., his brother, Maxcy Jones and sister, Elizabeth Jones Earles. Although Lawrence was born in Laurens, he has been a native to Myrtle Beach since his early childhood and was proud to call Myrtle Beach his hometown. His love for sports was known throughout the entire community. He loved to play …

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