The buzz on Social Media Wednesday morning were from comments radio host Liz Callaway made on air after the show featured City Manager John Pedersen.
Later that same day, the 12 noon DRC (Downtown Redevelopment Corporation) meeting was packed with city residents. Three Super Block business owners and two other local residents raised concerns about the city ending the threat of eminent domain entirely.
The video above is a barn burner. It runs 42 minutes of heated back and forth exchange between the residents, the city manager, and Chuck Martino, DRC Chairman of the Board. Grab the popcorn when you have the time to watch this in full.
The Super Block, the City Manager, and the Downtown Redevelopment Corporation are sure to continue to be sources of controversy throughout 2018.
Just 24 hours into her position, Mayor Bethune showed true leadership.
The highly popular mayor actually stepped forward taking ownership of a mess left by the previous administration. She informed those concerned that she would approach all other city council members to put this matter on the agenda as soon as possible.
City Manager John Pedersen remains unpopular with Super Block property owners. Many in the Israeli merchant community, as well as, other downtown merchants share a deep distrust concerning his leadership.
Ed Carey, a Market Common resident who recently ran for mayor, said he believed the city of Myrtle Beach planning commission should field most of the matters the DRC typically involves itself in. Carey believes these issues should fall under the jurisdiction of city government and not be functions of a city sponsored private corporation. Carey also said he believed the city should not be involved in the business of private development.