SECOND HIGH READING FOR AREA 3 BLOCKS NORTH OF BREAKERS RESORT IN LESS THAN ONE MONTH
The June 7th Bacteria reading for 24th Ave. North was a 364. This number is 3 times the recommended safe swimming level by the Department of Health and Environmental Control. While Breakers Resort is clearly the best known hotel in the area, it is 3 blocks south of where the results were taken. This drainage area is directly in between the Boardwalk Hotel to the South and the Dayton House, just to the North.
Breakers Resort is beyond the 200 feet safe swimming zone in that area.
These numbers are known to fluctuate wildly and usually are normal 3 days after any rain event.
*Health Department Advisory to those who swim in waters with elevated bacteria levels: The most common recreational water illnesses are gastrointestinal and may cause vomiting, diarrhea, nausea, abdominal pain or fever. These illnesses result from swallowing water contaminated by disease-causing organisms. Contact with contaminated water can also cause upper respiratory (ear, nose and throat), and wound infections. Young children, the elderly, and those with a weakened immune system are particularly vulnerable to recreational water illnesses.
The below video recently put out by WBTW CBS 13 is very informative on this issue:
Results on 24th have spiked several times this Spring. Breakers Resort is 3 blocks south of this drainage area. These results are simply for this particular test day. On May 24th, this same area tested 5 times above the recommended safe swimming level.
In March, Brad Dean, CEO Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce said Myrtle Beach had no water quality issues. The Myrtle Beach Chamber of Commerce then spent hundreds of thousands of taxpayer dollars misleading the public about the area. A tax extension of $300 million will be voted on by Myrtle Beach City Council this June 14th. 80% of those funds will go directly to the Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce. MyrtleBeachSC.com will be certain to record that vote for our readers.
*EDITORS NOTE: A NO SWIM ADVISORY DOES NOT BAN ANYONE FROM GOING INTO THE OCEAN. THE BEACHES IN THE CITY OF MYRTLE BEACH ARE NOT CLOSED. THE DHEC ADVISORY IS SIMPLY POSTED TO ALERT BEACH GOERS OF HIGHER LEVELS OF BACTERIA IN THE OCEAN WATER.