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City sends notice to business owners regarding collection of taxes

Last week, the City of North Myrtle Beach mailed a letter to all businesses located in the city limits instructing owners on how to handle taxes they collect from customers within the city. The city sends out a notification annually but this year’s letter is different in that it directly addresses the fact that all of the taxes once split between the city and Horry County are to be remitted in full to the city. The letter states that the City of North Myrtle Beach has revised its Local Accommodations Tax Ordinance as well as its Hospitality Tax Ordinance to …

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City reacts to County’s decision to collect hospitality, accommodations taxes within city limits

Today, June 25, Horry County announced it intends to collect hospitality and accommodations taxes within the city of North Myrtle Beach. Only the city of North Myrtle Beach has the legal right to establish and collect these taxes within its jurisdiction. Horry County has absolutely no authority to do so and is in clear violation of law. In overwhelming fashion, the recent Court order associated with CIVIL ACTION NO. 2019-CP-26-01732 opposed Horry County’s actions in this regard. The same Court order identified the plaintiff as “City of Myrtle Beach, For Itself and a Class of Similarly Situated Plaintiffs”, which clearly …

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Beach access ramp is delayed

Previously, we posted that the city would construct temporary handicap ramps at the 8th Avenue North and 12th Avenue North street ends to replace the permanent structures removed to allow for expanded parking. There is a change of plans regarding construction of a temporary handicap ramp at the 8th Avenue North beach access. The city developed a variety of designs and, unfortunately, they resulted in less than two feet of clearance from the top of the dune to the bottom of the structure. Two feet is the minimum clearance required by SCDHEC. The clearance is dictated by the required incline …

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Paid parking in public lot begins Friday

The paid parking season runs from June 15 through October. The parking fee is $2 per hour.

Installation of payment kiosks, signage and more has begun in public parking lots on either side of Ocean Boulevard in North Myrtle Beach. The paid parking season this year runs from June 15 through October. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. The parking fee is $2 per hour. To pay to park, use the Passport Parking App, which works on iOS (Apple) and Android mobile phones. Download the App to your phone from the Apple or Google Play Store. The App is free. You can receive email or text alerts when your time is about to run out. …

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Mayor Hatley issues proclamation honoring Gardner

 On June 6, Mayor Marilyn Hatley issued a proclamation recognizing Leonard A. Gardner as a patriot, further proclaiming that it is an honor to have him as a citizen of North Myrtle Beach. On June 6, 1944 (D-Day), America was engaged in a world war against countries who sought to force their beliefs on the free democracies of the world. On that same day, Leonard Gardner, U.S. Army, shipped out to England and joined the 90th Division, then fought his way through Valognes and Montebourg to cut off the Nazis fleeing Cherbourg. His division cut across the Carentan Peninsula through …

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City manager recognizes employees for work

During the May 20 North Myrtle Beach City Council meeting, City Planner Dawn Snider was named Employee of the Month. Dawn joined the City in February 2001 as a planning technician and now works as a planner in the planning and development department. She also assists the city clerk with City Council meeting packets, meetings and meeting minutes. She is always willing to help, while also accomplishing her planning duties with excellence. During the meeting, two city employees received Employee Longevity Awards. Earning awards were Assistant Clerk of Court Tracy Scola (10 years of service) and Pump Mechanic I Todd …

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Park North Myrtle Beach program starts June 15

The city of North Myrtle Beach is growing and with growth has come unprecedented demand for public parking opportunities, especially at the beach. The Park North Myrtle Beach program seeks to formalize public parking opportunities along the city’s nine miles of ocean beach by introducing paid parking in public parking lots on either side of Ocean Boulevard June 15-October 31, 9 a.m. – 5p.m. daily with a parking fee of $2 per hour. In succeeding years, the program will run March 1-October 31. Park North Myrtle Beach emphasizes customer-friendly parking amenities and services with the goal of investing parking revenue …

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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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