Candidates running in the Fall Myrtle Beach Mayor and City Council races spoke with residents at Caldas Pizza located at 1311 North Kings Highway last night. Business owners who have been threatened by the city also spoke, as well as, those who said they have “had enough”. The event was attended by the candidates, business owners, bikers, city and county residents.
Speakers covered multiple topics. Business owner Andrew Paulussen said, “We need city leaders, not city looters.” Mr. Paulussen owns House Parts, located in the Super Block of Myrtle Beach. The city is discussing taking his property through eminent domain. The city of Myrtle Beach plans to put up a private library and private children’s museum at that location. Residents believe these actions, taken by city government, are not legal.
The central message was a need for a more transparent, more accountable and less invasive Myrtle Beach city government. Mayoral candidates Ed Carey and Mark McBride headlined the event.