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Keith VanWinkle Announces As 2017 City Council Candidate

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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

Myrtle Beach local Keith VanWinkle announced his intentions to run for Myrtle Beach City Council on July 10, 2017.  The event was held at 10 a.m. at Nance Plaza on what has historically been one of the busiest weeks of Myrtle Beach Summer peak season.

Keith VanWinkle

Postings on social media yesterday, however, pictured a slow downtown traffic season.  Local merchants say much of the blame falls on the shoulders of current Myrtle Beach elected leadership, barricades placed on ocean boulevard, and the ongoing actions of the Downtown Redevelopment Corporation.

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Social Media Post of Slow Downtown Myrtle Beach July 2017

Mr. VanWinkle is a Republican who says he opposes eminent domain.  VanWinkle says eminent domain is nothing more than the government stealing private land.

VanWinkle works for a medical logistics company and has previously run for Myrtle Beach City Council.   VanWinkle said, “It’s going to take a team effort to get things fixed.”

This is not the beach I grew up on.  It’s not family friendly.  It’s no longer safe…  We have a management problem,  not a police problem,” said VanWinkle



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