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Tree City Board picks Turkey Oak for Tree of Month Award

The North Myrtle Beach Tree City Board selected a Turkey Oak located at Rountree Printing at 2404 Madison Drive as its Tree of the Month for September. In 1971, prior to buying the beach house and starting Rountree Printing, Steve Rountree moved into the house as a rental tenant. B.R. Hunt, the original owner, told Steve the tree was already there when the house was built shortly after Hurricane Hazel. The tree is 80-90 years old. The Turkey Oak or Quercus laevis is a member of the red oak group of oaks. It is native to the southeastern United States, …

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City Council approves special event permits

Prior to the August 19 North Myrtle Beach City Council meeting, Council members met in executive session to discuss possible appointments to the Construction Board of Appeals. Council took no action.  During the Council meeting, Mayor Marilyn Hatley presented a Proclamation declaring September 17-23 to be Constitution Week in North Myrtle Beach. Together with the Theodosia Burr Chapter of the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR), Mayor Hatley encouraged all residents to appreciate the importance of the U.S. Constitution to our way of life, freedom, and the rights and duties each of us has as a …

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A Ray of Sunshine

If you drive down 11th Avenue North in North Myrtle Beach late in the afternoon as the sun begins to set, look to the Yaupon Garden Club School yard garden fronting the Ocean Drive Elementary School.  The members recently followed the suggestion of the South Atlantic Region, Garden Clubs of America, to extablish a “Plant it Pink”.  This garden is the hope that the residents and tourists  will be reminded of the ongoing fight against  breast cancer in our families and communities.  As the picture was snapped a  ray of sunshine reminds us to  think positively and never give up …

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Basketball Court named for Coach Joe

The city of North Myrtle Beach recognized Coach Joe Lategano on July 31 for his years of dedication to parks and recreation activities. A basketball court at the J. Bryan Floyd Community Center is now known as Joe Lategano Court. Coach Joe began volunteering with the North Myrtle Beach Parks & Recreation Department in 1993. He organized and conducted the “Summer Slam” basketball camp each summer for more than a decade. More than 500 children participated in this free basketball camp. Coach Joe led and coached the rookie basketball program for 20 years. This was a basketball program for kids …

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Tree City Board picks a pair of Cleveland pear

The North Myrtle Beach Tree City Board used its August Tree of the Month Award to highlight a pair of Cleveland Pears planted in the right-of-way along 9th Avenue South. The trees were planted about 15 years ago as part of an Ocean Oaks Community beautification project. They are healthy and happy in their location. The Cleveland Pear tree is often mistaken for the Bradford pear tree. The Cleveland Pear is a rapid grower but a bit smaller than the Bradford pear, reaching 30 to 40 feet high and 15 feet wide at maturity, while the Bradford pear grows more …

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City hosts Beginner Walking and Running Workshops for Women

The city of North Myrtle Beach and the Grand Strand Running Club will present First Strides® – Beginner Walking & Running Workshops for Women.  This 12-week program will help you gradually progress from the couch to walking, jogging or running at a pace that’s comfortable for you. Women of all ages, sizes and abilities are welcome. Weekly workshops will be held on Wednesdays beginning Sept. 4 and continue through Nov. 20  at the North Myrtle Beach Park & Sports Complex Amphitheater located at 150 Citizens Circle in Little River. Meetings will be 6:00 p.m. to 7:15 p.m., rain or shine. …

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Commission to discuss annexation of Possum Trot

The North Myrtle Beach Planning Commission will hold a special workshop on Friday, July 26, at 2 p.m., at City Hall to discuss Annexation & Zoning Designation ANZ‐19‐01 involving a petition to annex lands currently occupied by the Possum Trot Golf Course and zone those lands Planned Development District (PDD) with the creation of the Tidal Walk PDD. This item was tabled by the Planning Commission at its regular meeting on July 16 and is also scheduled for the Planning Commission’s August 6 meeting agenda.

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City Council adopts resolution

Prior to the July 15 North Myrtle Beach City Council meeting, Council members met in executive session for legal briefings regarding the Parkway Planned Development Agreement and City Code Section 5-27-150 pertaining to opening, closing or altering streets. Council took no action. During the Council meeting, City Council approved a motion to appoint North Myrtle Beach resident Jeanette Lyon to the North Myrtle Beach Tree City Board. City Council adopted a resolution approving a two-year memorandum of understanding between the cities of North Myrtle Beach and Myrtle Beach to provide reciprocal mutual aid as needed by each city as authorized …

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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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