S.C. Supreme Court Hearing On FOIA For All S.C. Chambers Heard Last October
Who benefits the most from another ten years and hundreds of millions of dollars? Certainly MBACC benefits, but do the residents, the tourists, or the city of Myrtle Beach?
Last October the S.C. Supreme Court heard both the lawyers for the Chambers Of Commerce as well as the lawyers for Domains News Media. The case centers around the issue of all S.C. Chambers of Commerce refusing to provide FOIA to media or any others who request such. The Myrtle Beach Area Chamber has received $200 million in TDF (tourist taxes) since 2009.
Current S.C. law is clear, organizations who accept tax monies are subject to FOIA. The S.C. Chambers of Commerce are arguing a special exception to current S.C. law.
Myrtle Beach residents and tourists are still waiting on the S.C. Supreme Court to rule.
Meanwhile, Myrtle Beach City Council Moves Forward To Extend The Tax
In May 2016, S.C. lawmakers (which included Alan Clemmons and Senator Luke Rankin), over-rode Governor Nikki Haley’s veto so as to extend the TDF (tourist tax) into the year 2029 by either a Myrtle Beach voter referendum or by a five out of seven Myrtle Beach City Council vote.
The City Council of North Myrtle Beach is putting the measure before its voters on a voter referendum this March 6th.
The city of Myrtle Beach has not yet decided whether to vote the measure forward by voter referendum or by Myrtle Beach city council vote.
- City Council sets no goal metrics for MBACC.
- MBACC‘s global Horry County visitor numbers are disputed by the South Carolina Parks Recreation and Tourism Department (SCPRT), with a 10 million visitor discrepancy.
- Despite the spin by MBACC, there are no public audits of MBACC by any nationally accredited accounting firm.
- MBACC refuses FOIA As can be seen in the video above.
- S.C. Legislators are actually offering new legislation to skirt FOIA should MBACC and other chambers lose the Supreme Court decision.
Question: Would The City of Myrtle Beach have a stronger brand, had it?
- Invested $200 million in Ocean Outfalls eliminating beach bacteria pollution
- Invested $200 million in crime prevention
- Invested $200 million in Infrastructure