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Myrtle Beach Area Chamber C.E.O. Brad Dean

Friends Of Chamber Employ Social Media Strategy

With over $32 million in un-audited tax welfare at stake,  friends of the Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce are employing a new social media strategy.

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Incumbents Mayor Rhodes, Wayne Gray, Mike Lowder, Randal Wallace

Facing elections this November,  and with many of the Myrtle Beach Area Chamber’s favored incumbents at risk,  friends of the Myrtle Beach Area Chamber (MBACC) are flocking to join a residents’ rights local group named Make Myrtle Beaches Free, Clean and Safe.  The local social media group discusses such topics as local restrictions on Golden Mile parking, downtown Myrtle Beach crime, improving beaches by eliminating high bacteria readings at areas that drain from land to the ocean, parking fees charged by the Downtown Redevelopment Corporation, and all things city and county governance.

The new strategy employed by friends of the Myrtle Beach Area Chamber is to have their advocates join the group to post counter arguments when issues are raised in the group.

Will the strategy work?  Only time will tell,  but, because the  MBACC has over $32 million of tax welfare at risk, look for the discussions to intensify as local November elections are approaching.

Other Strategies Used By Friends of The Chamber Group:

#TeamHorry is another shaming technique employed by some elected officials.  This strategy asks that only positive news stories be put up about the MBACC, elected officials, or the city in general.

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A highly effective approach some friends of the City of Myrtle Beach and friends of the MBACC have employed are cyber attacks shutting down public news sites,  of particular MyrtleBeachSC.com.

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These attacks began in March 2016 when MyrtleBeachSC.com first starting reporting DHEC oceanfront bacteria testing.   The attacks continued since then and have run the gamete from DDOS attacks shutting down the site completely to Pharma attacks randomly shutting down the site to selective readers.

On July 3rd,  we ran our Independence Day stories article about the long history of Myrtle Beach declaring our residents and merchants would be reclaiming the city.  As the article went live our main server and all back up servers were attacked.

MyrtleBeachSC.com has now placed the highest levels of security on our news sites.  It is only a guess if these securities will hold up against ongoing cyber attacks.  Since we do not collect consumer data or payments on our news website,  technicians tell us the attacks are most curious.

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Our new security systems have blocked over 41 attempted cyber attacks since Tuesday July 3rd,  when the new security systems were installed.

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The issues surrounding Myrtle Beach are ones of conviction on one side versus those of big money on the other.   We shall all see how this plays out.

 

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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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