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Proposed new towing ordinance prohibits charging fees

By Pat Dowling The North Myrtle Beach City Council met on Aug. 17 at City Hall for a 6:30 p.m. executive session and a 7 p.m. meeting. During the executive session, City Council discussed the appointment of three new members to the Hazard Mitigation Planning Committee and received a legal briefing regarding the lawsuit between the City of Myrtle Beach and Horry County concerning local accommodations and hospitality taxes. City Council took no action. During the meeting, Coast RTA General Manager/CEO Brian Piascik offered City Council an overview of the company’s status. He said that Coast RTA ridership increased by …

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City Council passes second reading of ordinance annexing property

By Pat Dowling During the Monday, May 18, North Myrtle Beach City Council meeting, the North Myrtle Beach Chamber of Commerce presented an overview of its communications plan regarding economic recovery in North Myrtle Beach as it involves residents and visitors. Access the report at www.NMB.us under Press Releases on the homepage or via this link: http://www.nmb.us/files/pdf/uploads/pressPublic/866-5%2018%202020%20Update%20on%20NMB%20Chamber%20Recovery%20Plans%20(2).pdf. Longevity awards were provided to five city employees. The awards are provided in five-year increments to employees who consistently offer excellent customer service. The award winners are Clerk of Court/Municipal Judge Kerry Smith (30 years of service), Business License Inspector Melissa Babson (25), …

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Mayor, council create COVID-19 Economic Recovery Task Force

By Pat Dowling The North Myrtle Beach COVID-19 Economic Recovery Task Force formed by the mayor and City Council on April 20 met for the first time on April 21. Listen to the complete meeting recording at https://youtu.be/nAA0barN9qg. The members of the task force and the categories they are involved in are Mendel Bell (medical spa and interactive media), Frank Boulineau (retail), Brandon Cox (vacation rentals), Jim Eggen (accommodations), Johnathan Fussell (hospitality), Joe Gosiewski (residents), Chad Hatley (development, motels and the Grand Strand Business Alliance), Cheryl Kilday (North Myrtle Beach Chamber of Commerce & CVB), Mike Mahaney (city), Jeff Martini …

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City provides latest information regarding it’s new cutoff policies

By Pat Dowling The city of North Myrtle Beach is providing the following information to people and businesses regarding water service, business license renewals and accommodations tax and hospitality tax payments: Water Cut-Offs – During the COVID-19 emergency, the city will not cut off water service, however, a person or business that has difficulty paying their bill for any reason should be proactive and notify the city as quickly as possible. Even though the city is not cutting off water service, all customers are responsible for what they use. The city may be able to help customers avoid payment problems …

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City buildings closed to public, services continue

By Pat Dowling On Monday, March 23, all City of North Myrtle Beach buildings closed to entry by the public until further notice. However, all city employees report to work as usual and all city services continue according to their regular schedules. Police, Fire/Rescue, Sanitation, Water and Sewer and all other city services are provided as usual, the only difference being that all city buildings are closed to entry by the public. Many of our daily customers can conduct business with the city online. These online options are available to you: Renew business licenses and pay hospitality taxes at https://northmyrtlebeach.progressivecloud.net/webrenewals/. …

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City Council adopted emergency ordinance, declaration last Monday

By Pat Dowling During their regularly scheduled March 16, 7 p.m. meeting, the North Myrtle Beach City Council adopted an emergency ordinance and an emergency declaration. Just as the city adopts emergency ordinances and declarations for hurricanes, this declaration positions the city to be able to respond to COVID-19 related issues as they may arise locally. It also positions the city to qualify for state or federal reimbursements that may be provided to help reduce the impact that COVID-19 related expenditures may have on the city’s budget. The city’s public parks, recreation centers and the AFC are open. Parks staff …

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Tree City Board selects March Tree of Month

This transplanted Magnolia tree graces the rear lawn of the North Myrtle Beach Parks & Sports Complex administration building. By Pat Dowling The North Myrtle Beach Tree City Board presented its March Tree of the Month award to the City of North Myrtle Beach for having relocated many mature trees, shrubs and small grasses from the site of the city’s new digital information sign on Highway 17 to multiple city parks. Thirty-one mature holly, magnolia, palm and other varieties of trees ranging from 12 feet to 25 feet tall, and 79 smaller shrubs and grasses are now growing in public …

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St. Patrick’s Day parade and festival Saturday

Decorated golf carts have always been a big part of the North Myrtle Beach Annual St. Patrick’s Day parade. The 32nd Annual North Myrtle Beach St. Patrick’s Day Parade & Festival will be on Saturday, March 14, on Main Street in North Myrtle Beach. The parade begins at 9 a.m. and the festival runs from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The one-day rain or shine event attracts more than 40,000 people annually. The North Strand Optimist Club organizes the parade and all entry fees go to help the youth of the community. The festival offers over 150 food, arts and …

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NMB Council appoints two new planning commission members

Prior to the March 2 City Council meeting, Council met in a 6:15 p.m. executive session to receive a legal briefing concerning the lawsuit between the City of Myrtle Beach and Horry County regarding local accommodations and hospitality taxes. Council took no action. City Council approved a special event permit for the 32nd Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade, on Saturday, March 14, from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Main Street. The St. Patrick’s Day Festival follows on Main Street from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The City of North Myrtle Beach and the North Strand Optimist Club of North …

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Free family-friendly event is March 20

The North Myrtle Beach Parks & Recreation Department announces its next Pedal in the Park with a Superhero theme. Bring your bicycles out to the North Myrtle Beach Park & Sports Complex on Friday, March 20, at 6:30 p.m. for a leisurely three mile starlit bike ride. The ride starts at sunset (approximately 7:15 p.m.) and will begin and end at the amphitheater. There will also be a one mile junior course. This is not a race, so you can bike at your own pace. The North Myrtle Beach  Pilot Club will be in attendance to educate brain and helmet …

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