On Friday, March 18th, the SC Department of Health and Environmental Control released results of testing from 14 at risk areas inside of the city of Myrtle Beach, S.C. March tests from those readings all came back within a safe reading for swimming in those areas.
Howevever, DHEC also left the LONG TERM ADVISORIES BELOW in tact for each of those historically troubled areas (as can be seen here):
DHEC LONG TERM ADVISORY
These signs along the beach are almost impossible to see as practically every sign faces East (towards the ocean) versus West (towards people arriving on the beach). A tourist arriving on the beach would only see the back side of this sign. He or she would need to walk towards the beach and then turn around facing land to see this sign.
AND ON THE SCDHEC WEBSITE MAP HERE
The DHEC map is now harder to follow.
However a search of the DHEC map does continue to show 14 “Swash Areas” inside the city limits of Myrtle Beach where a LONG TERM SWIMMING IS NOT ADVISED caution warning has been placed.
Reports following the DHEC release came with news headlines stating “social media buzz false”
“We have yet to know what that means”, said David Hucks, of MyrtleBeachSC.com. “Our reporting has been 100% accurate and we are the only news agency to report the facts in a correct and non confusing way to our readers,” Hucks added.
Meanwhile, The Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce began back messaging tens of thousands of Myrtle Beach tourists with the out right lies below as follows:
As most of you know, a single website/blog has shared and promoted false information regarding the ocean water quality of the Myrtle Beach area. This malicious misinformation has resulted in many cancellations and inquiries from concerned visitors.
We have been actively and continuously engaged with the SC DHEC, SC General Assembly and the City of Myrtle Beach to correct the erroneous information and ensure that visitors’ concerns and fears are addressed with the facts in a transparent way that they can all understand.
The results that we hope to accomplish are-
1. Updated test results;
2. Quick and permanent changes to the testing process; and,
3. Improved and real-time messaging on websites reporting water quality test results.
We appreciate all of the support and assistance that so many of you have provided over the past week. Many of you have asked how you can help as we resolve and address the miscommunications that have occurred. Please call me on my cell phone if you want to help – 843-902-9226. You can call me day or night. If I miss your call, please leave me a quick message as I will call you back as soon as possible.
Myrtle Beach Area Convention & Visitors Bureau
1200 North Oak Street, Myrtle Beach, SC 29577
Our information has been and continues to be 100% accurate. We challenge the MBACC to refute any articles we posted with facts. This story was also covered recently by WPDE 15, WFXB, WMBF, BUSINESSWEEK (2009), The STATE NEWSPAPER (2014), GREENVILLE NEWS (2013) and the Examiner March 2016.
Most all of these politicians receive large campaign contributions from Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce members. The SC General Assembly sets the budget under which programs like DHEC are funded by.
MyrtleBeachSC.com offers tourists and locals uncensored, unbiased, honest information.
Anything you hear that conflicts with what has been posted today about Myrtle Beach ocean water quality, whether it be from a Myrtle Beach city official or a member of the Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce, is absolutely untrue.