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Concerned About MBACC, Billboard Company Pulls Ads



Defund MBACC

Concerned about potential repercussions from the Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce, Bob Bates,  General Manager of Lamar Advertising, called our news team this week to cancel a billboard ad campaign focused on local accountability.

Actual First Run Of Ad Campaign

The “DEFUND THE CHAMBER” campaign was to begin in January 2021 with the first effort pointing locals to Skip Hoagland, of Beaufort, S.C. owns the website. The site is currently under construction.

Eighteen billboards were scheduled to be purchased during the months of February through September 2021. The bulk of these billboards were to be located inside the Myrtle Beach city limits.

Lamar received and accepted the initial payment from Hoagland, but decided to return his money.


The campaign was scheduled to inform the public about the up to $53 million dollar budget MBACC gets in tax subsidies yearly.

2018 MBACC TAX RETURN – $53 Million

Despite the $53 million in tax funded spending, Myrtle Beach Hotels were down from 33% to 75% this past Summer into Winter.

The numbers are based on reports from the CCU Brittain Resort Center for Tourism, as well as, a November news report by WBTW T.V.


Concerns by Lamar clearly indicate the political muscle MBACC maintains in the State of S.C., specifically Horry County.

While the “not for profit” endures questions about the type of budget clientele it attracts to the city, few local businessmen or politicians are willing to take on what small business owners, like Skip Hoagland, call a government funded marketing monopoly.

At the time of this publication, Hoagland was unable to find another billboard company willing to run his campaign inside the Myrtle Beach City Limits.

EDITOR’S NOTE: Skip Hoagland is a Beaufort, S.C. businessman who believes government oversight should exist as it relates to the hundreds of millions in tax dollars given to S.C. Chambers of Commerce throughout S.C. He founded and is currently building



David Hucks 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

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