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Area beaches open up for tourists

On Tuesday, Horry County, Georgetown County, North Myrtle Beach and Surfside Beach governments voted to allow short-term rentals beginning this Friday, May 1st.

Myrtle Beach City Council is expected to hold an emergency meeting about short-term rentals on Thursday. With the beaches in Pawleys Island, Surfside Beach and North Myrtle Beach open, it is unlikely Myrtle Beach will not follow suit.

Georgetown County will keep the Murrells Inlet MarshWalk and Veterans Pier closed until at least May 15.

Physical distancing guidelines are in effect on all Grand Strand beaches, including no groups larger than three people.

The first wave of coronavirus illnesses peaked in S.C. on April 9th.

Some locals showed concerns about opening the beaches for travel from hot spots, including New York city. However, most locals saw the re-opening as a welcome response.

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About David Hucks

Born in 1961, David is a 12th generation descendant of the area we now call Myrtle Beach, S.C. David attended Coastal Carolina University and like most of his family, has never left the area.David is the lead journalist at MyrtleBeachSC.com

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