Horry County Council chairwomen alienates Little River residents
During this month's Horry County council meeting, coucil was discussing North Myrtle Beach's desire, for establishment of contiguity of other county property, to annex another county-owned spoilage basin along the Intracoastal Waterway.
At the start of the discussion and before the subsequent vote, Liz Gilland piped in, "I'm all for annexations."
As North Myrtle Beach continues its systematic grab of valuable land and marinas across the Intracoastal Waterway, council's decision in favor of the spoilage basin annexation, and most noteably Gilland's comments supporting all annexations, brings the centuries-old, historic fishing village of Little River that much closer to its end.
When will the number of raped lands for concrete parking lots, high rises, and commercial developments without the necessary infrastructure be enough to satisfy North Myrtle Beach and Horry County officials?
One of the most tragic results is the speeding, garbage-throwing, noise and pollution producing dangerous commercial traffic through the previously serene, quiet residential neighborhoods in Little River.
The Luv Gov of South Carolina
South Carolina Governor Mark Sanford has shocked his constituents, the state, friends, and political allies around the country with his frank and emotional admission of adultery.
Some are questioning if the long-distance communitcations and subsequent meetings were funded by the taxpayers of South Carolina.
Only one statement was issued by the elusive "Maria" to an Argentine news source, which has subsequently been translated and published world-wide.
Jenny Sanford, 20-year wife of Sanford, while hinting at forgiveness and being prepared to give the Governor a chance to repent his sin of infidelity, appears to have reached her limit in patience with her traveling, cheating husband.
Whether or not Gov. Sanford remains in office for the next 18 months, or whether he'll be formally asked to resign, remains to be seen in the upcoming days, weeks and months ahead.
Taking Back May & Complaining by Biker-Oriented Businesses
With the month of May behind us, lots of eyeballs are reading blogs and news commentary sections every time an area official complains about the weak tourist season and dwindling tourist dollars.
There've been lawsuits filed, rulings upheld, grievances published in local and regional papers, and the list goes on.
What remains to be seen is whether the so-called "Take Back May" laws enacted by the City of Myrtle Beach are overturned or allowed to remain on the books.
Myrtle Beach residents divided over May bike weeks
Residents, county and city councils, as well as chambers of commerce, have all thrown their opinions and stances into the May bike week ring.
While various message boards clearly indicate that residents hold different opinions about the two festivals, the Harley Davidson Bike Week (which actually lasts 10 days, not one week) and the Atlantic Beach Bike Week (which actually takes place over the prolonged Memorial Day holiday, not one week), the news, media, and governing authorities of the area appear to be lumping the May motorcycle festivals all into one ball.
NMB Chamber finds a new president
The North Myrtle Beach Chamber just announced it has found a new CEO and president: Marc Jordan, pictured at right. Jordan moves into his position on March 3rd, 2008.
Jordan has reportedly had a stellar 33-year-career with multiple chamber leadership positions.
He and wife Vicky are relocating to the Grand Strand from Lynchburg, Virginia.
Myrtle Beach bannning smoking?
In the News: Smoking in Restaurants
Locals and visitors are increasingly lodging complaints about the proliferation of smoking in Myrtle Beach area restaurants. To gauge the extent of the dissention, the area's most visited restaurant guide has added a smoking poll to the site.
And with the recent smoking ban in Surfside Beach, it is likely smoking bans will become common along the Grand Strand in the days and years ahead.
Closings and New Projects
It's been all over the news about the famous Myrtle Beach Pavilion, a local attraction that for decades brought joy to millions of people, closing at the end of the 2006 Summer season. Despite less media exposure, another favorite attraction for visitors and locals has also closed: The Myrtle Beach Grand Prix in North Myrtle beach. The attraction park will be replaced by Barefoot Commons, a new shopping center anchored by a 48,000 square foot Bi-Lo supermarket. The new shopping center is scheduled to open this year.
Ocean Drive Presbyterian Church in North Myrtle Beach is now broadcasting online podcasts of its weekly sermons. Visitors can download the sermons in MP3 format and subscribe to the RSS feed at Myrtle Beach Christians.
The owners of the Cherry Grove Pier in North Myrtle Beach announced that construction is underway for the Prince Resort in the Cherry Grove section of North Myrtle Beach. The Prince Resort is a 3-phase development with Phase I scheduled to open next summer.
The Avista Resort's on-site restaurant, Just Off Main, opened recently. The Avista Resort features luxury oceanfront condos and vacation rentals at the site of the previous Helms Vista Hotel in the Ocean Drive section of North Myrtle Beach.
SouthShore Villas, another new North Myrtle Beach oceanfront resort, is open and booking vacation rentals.
Luxury condos and homes continue to be built at Barefoot Resort, across the waterway from the famous Barefoot Landing shopping and entertainment mega-complex.
As part of the commemoration of reaching the first 1000 restaurant reviews, Myrtle Beach Restaurants, the area's most comprehensive Dining Guide, purchased $875 worth of Thanksgiving Dinners for families in need on the Grand Strand.