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Huge changes ahead for Myrtle Beach

Most Americans remember Myrtle Beach this way.

1960’s Myrtle Beach

The late 1960’s was Myrtle Beach in its prime.

While the city has declined over the past generation, great days are just ahead.

A political, generational, and economic sea change is beginning to happen across the Grand Strand. Few are aware, but those changes are in their genesis and will accelerate over the next few years.

The Future Looks Positive – explained here

Political Seachange

With these bureaucrats and this politician exiting, and with the coming exit of several key oceanfront property managers, Myrtle Beach is just about to have an explosion of change.

Look for the Hospitality Tax fight between Horry County government and Myrtle Beach city government to be settled in the next 10 days.

SC Watchdog

As WMBFnews reports:

According to an agenda, the council will meet at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 12, in executive session for a receipt of “legal advice relating to the pending ‘Hospitality Fee’ litigation and recent settlement discussions.”

Myrtle Beach filed a lawsuit in March 2019, accusing the county of illegally collecting hospitality tax money without consent. At issue is a resolution passed in 1996 that allowed Horry County to collect a 1.5% hospitality tax.

That resolution was set to expire in 2017, but the county passed an ordinance in December 2016 that extends the Sunset Provision on the 1.5% hospitality fee to Jan. 1, 2022. City leaders said they did not give their consent to this.

Since that time there have been numerous injunctions and appeals brought by Horry County and Myrtle Beach City Leaders. Other local municipalities such as North Myrtle Beach and Surfside Beach have joined in on the lawsuit with Myrtle Beach.

I-73 will become closer to a reality when this legal dispute is settled in the coming days.



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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