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BILL HOWARD: FROM TOURISM TO A RESIDENT BASED ECONOMY

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MyrtleBeachSC news asked District 2 County Councilman Bill Howard what he considered a significant change in Horry County over the past few years.

Councilman Howard said he believed that the county was transitioning from what was primarily a tourism based economy to equally now being a resident based economy.

Horry County has grown to now over 323,000 local residents.  Like Charleston before us, Myrtle Beach is beginning to realize more and more of its wealth from local residents.

Fortunately what is best for locals, also works well for tourists.  Perhaps our local mindset is all wrong.

Perhaps it is time to begin putting locals’ needs ahead of the tourism lobby.

If we take care of the needs of locals, tourists will already have those same quality of life support services in place when they arrive.  It is easy to “trick” tourists with fancy pictures that don’t add up when they arrive.

There is no pulling one over on locals.

 

paid for by the committee to elect Bill Howard District 2

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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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