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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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City welcomes over 300 collegiate sports teams

The city of North Myrtle Beach welcomes over 300 collegiate sports teams from 35 states and the District of Columbia in March. The teams will participate in a series of spring training events held at the North Myrtle Beach Park & Sports Complex and other city facilities. These sports tourism events will have a direct impact of $5.5 million on the local economy. Of the 300 teams, 101 are collegiate softball teams participating in the Fastpitch Dreams Spring Classic event. Held here for the seventh consecutive year, teams from 25 different states representing NCAA – DII and DIII, NAIA, NJCAA …

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NMB youth soccer teams recognized

At the Monday, March 2, North Myrtle Beach City Council meeting, Council members recognized the North Myrtle Beach 12-Under, 15-Under and 17-Under youth soccer teams for their excellent performance during the 2019 season. The 12-Under team emerged as District Champions and made it to the State tournament. The 15-Under team fought to become District Champions and went on to become State Champions. The 17-Under Team took District Champion and State Champion honors, feats they have repeated for at least five successive years.

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NMB Council recognizes those detectives who have solved the Shawn Marie Neal murder case

During their March 2 meeting, North Myrtle Beach City Council members recognized the detectives who worked to solve the 1996 Shawn Marie Neal case. Neal was murdered on June 2, 1996 in North Myrtle Beach. Detectives and SLED  investigated, but with few leads, the case went cold. North Myrtle Beach detectives did not give up on the case and in 2017, relying on advances in DNA collection and cataloging, detectives reopened the Neal investigation, hoping to bring closure for the victim’s family members and to serve justice. Some murder scene items suspected of containing additional DNA material were sent to …

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Information is being offered on coronavirus virus disease

The following information was released by the city of North Myrtle Beach. The city of North Myrtle Beach received some phone calls and emails asking about coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) and how to avoid contracting it. Here is some basic information: SYMPTOMS – Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure. The most common symptoms are fever, cough and shortness of breath. Reported illnesses have ranged from mild symptoms to severe illness and death for confirmed COVID-19 cases. Existing underlying heart, respiratory or other medical conditions, coupled with older age, may play a significant role in cases where people have died …

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