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City Manager Brings Myrtle Beach Drama Into Campaign

Earlier this year, Mayoral Candidate Mark McBride payed for and scheduled Ernest Andrade, Executive Director of the Charleston Digital Corridor,  to speak with Myrtle Beach city residents at the Mary C. Canty Recreation Center (formerly Canal St Rec Center) about bringing high tech jobs to Myrtle Beach.

The event was scheduled for 6 p.m., October 2nd.  Mr. McBride was informed, however, yesterday morning that the event had been cancelled by the city of Myrtle Beach for a “lack of event insurance”.

At 4 p.m. in the evening, after Mr. McBride had moved the event to a new venue, the city relented and said the event could happen as scheduled without the “event insurance” stipulation.  After learning of the cancellation at 1 p.m., MyrtleBeachSC.com asked City Manger, John Pedersen, as to how many similar events at the Mary C. Canty Recreation Center had also required “event insurance”.  We immediately sent a team member over to pull those records.   Based on our findings,  the event cancellation by the city was over-reach and unnecessary drama.  You can hear Mr. McBride in his own words above about his experience. 

The event was held at the Hampton Inn Broadway at the Beach and went off with only minor hiccups.  The room was packed to capacity.  Mr. McBride apologized to all city residents for the confusion caused by the last minute city of Myrtle Beach political theater.


Ernest Andrade is the founder and Executive Director of the Charleston Digital Corridor, a successful public-private business development partnership launched in February 2001 focused on the tech economy in Charleston, South Carolina.


Andrade’s accomplishments include positioning Charleston as a premier destination for tech companies by growing the Digital Corridor from 18 to 400+ companies since 2001, launching a year-round CODEcamp initiative, developing two business incubators in Charleston and a third in Beaufort, and developing software products for use by other communities and business development agencies including the State of South Carolina.




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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