A plastic bag ban is now in effect in Surfside Beach. What seemed to be a controversial decision when town leaders voted for the ban back in January is now a positive and successful decision that will hopefully be just the beginning. Several business owners were opposed to the ban, which is understandable. Change is hard. But, it seems, the transition has been smooth, and the feedback is very positive from customers.
A controversial issue is tackled once again by city leaders: the Tourism Development Fee (TDF). In its first reading today at city council, members agreed that it is necessary to continue for the future growth of the Grand Strand. That is encouraging and, I believe, the right decision.
A big announcement this week that has caused quite a stir…The CEO of the Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce, Brad Dean, announced he is leaving the position for a new opportunity. After 15 years of outstanding leadership, it's a hard pill to swallow for many of us in the community.
A fresh start is something many of us look forward to as we head into a new year. It's a time when we set goals for ourselves professionally and personally to make us strive for more and become better in many different ways.
2018 is here and it came in with bitter bite for us! With snow and ice such a rarity for South Carolina, it was a relief to see how everyone paid attention and prepared for the dangerous temperatures along with the freezing rain, sleet, ice and snow. However, what was not great to see were all the criticisms and negative comments about our local meteorologists and their forecasts for the snowfall totals.
City leaders and business owners met recently to discuss what should happen next in downtown Myrtle Beach. The ideas are fantastic, ranging from providing more walkable areas, building upscale housing and shopping areas and of course, reducing crime and increasing safety in the area.
WMBF News is proud to partner, once again, this year with the Salvation Army and its Angel Tree Program. The holidays are such a special time for us to be with friends, family and celebrate all we are thankful for.
The growing pains of the Grand Strand have been focused on Carolina Forest lately…and the solutions are not good. Horry County leaders considered a moratorium on re-zonings in Carolina forest for residential construction projects because the infrastructure is not there to support more traffic.
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The Conway Police Department is has taken on a project that should benefit the entire community. But, they can't do it alone. The department is putting out a survey to find ways to improve their relationship with the community.
The city of Florence is working on a project that has so many benefits for residents and the community. It wants to bring a grocery store to an area that currently has no stores that offer fresh fruit, vegetables and healthy whole foods for people living nearby.
The Horry County School board has made another bad decision. This time…voting to remove Horry County Police officers from schools and replace them with private security guards. The reason: money. Until now the school district and the county have split the cost of the officers' salaries.
Consider This: It could have been deja vu all over again, but thankfully it wasn't. City leaders responded quickly with a meeting asking for public comment and input. And then, kept the discussion open instead of going into executive session.
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The preparation has been extensive and now we welcome bikers as they head to the Grand Strand for Bike Fest. The traffic loop is laid out, law enforcement, emergency responders, city leaders have a plan in place to keep everyone safe, and each year adjustments are made so that things that didn't work are corrected.
Surfside Beach is now looking at a tent ban on the beach. Horry County, North Myrtle and Myrtle Beach have had the tent ban in place for two years now and it has been a successful move. The beaches get so crowded during the summer...which is a great. That's what we want to see along the Grand Strand and the tents had become a danger by blocking a line of vision and access for lifeguards and police officers.
It's been 6 months since Hurricane Matthew slammed South Carolina and many businesses and residents are still on that long road to recovery. Two of the biggest issues that have gotten a lot of attention recently are The Surfside Pier and The Palace Theater. Both sustained massive damage and as of right now we don't know the future of either one.
People living in Loris have an opportunity to make a big impact in their community. The Horry County Police department is holding a meeting next week so they can talk face to face with residents about what is going on in their neighborhoods.
A very exciting and promising idea is bubbling up from Conway. Leaders revealed a plan to connect the downtown with the river walk. Conway city leaders say the goal is to have a thriving and vibrant downtown. This new plan should do just that by connecting the two unique areas where people can enjoy recreation, restaurants and shops. I am excited to see this develop and glad to know the timeline to start implementing the plan is just a few weeks away.