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Results July 15 NMB City Council Meeting

Prior to the July 15 North Myrtle Beach City Council meeting, Council members met in executive session for legal briefings regarding the Parkway Planned Development Agreement, and, City Code Section 5-27-150 pertaining to opening, closing or altering streets. Council took no action.
During the Council meeting, City Council approved a motion to appoint North Myrtle Beach resident Jeanette Lyon to the North Myrtle Beach Tree City Board.
City Council adopted a resolution approving a two-year memorandum of understanding between the cities of North Myrtle Beach and Myrtle Beach to provide reciprocal mutual aid as needed by each city as authorized pursuant to the Law Enforcement Assistance and Support Act of the Code of Laws of South Carolina, Section 23-20-10, et seq.
City Council tabled until its August 19 meeting second (final) reading of a proposed ordinance to rezone 145 acres of land located off Champions Boulevard/Long Bay Road from General Commercial (GC), Business Commercial (BC) and Highway Commercial (HC) to Mid-Rise Multifamily Residential (R-2A).
City Council tabled until its August 19 meeting second reading of a proposed ordinance to amend the Master Development Agreement between the City and SLF IV/SBI Sandridge, LLC, Et Al. The proposed amendment is associated with the City’s effort to acquire about 96 acres from the Sandridge group for expansion of the North Myrtle Beach Park & Sports Complex and to facilitate resolution of a lawsuit between the City and Sandridge regarding the extension of Champions Boulevard.
City Council passed first reading of a proposed ordinance to adjust the current FY 2020 Budget (July 1-June 30) to include the purchase of 96 acres by the City from the Sandridge Group at a price of $4,250,000 for expansion of the North Myrtle Beach Park & Sports Complex. The City’s property tax rate would remain the same. Essentially, the City would take out a short-term loan with which to purchase the land, and would address construction of the expanded playing fields and other facilities as part of FY 2021 Budget discussions.
City Council passed first reading of a proposed ordinance to update Chapter 20, Storm Water Management and Erosion Control, of the City Code to conform to recent updates to state and federal storm water permits.
City Council passed first reading of a proposed ordinance to amend Chapter 20, Land Development Regulations of the City Code. Staff proposes a text amendment to create special provisions regarding fire safety for development within the city, including mandating Storz connectors for fire hydrants; specifying that the maximum spacing between hydrants, measured along the roadway, is 600 feet in residential development and 500 feet in nonresidential development; and specifying turnaround standards for dead-ends greater than 150 feet in length.
City Council passed first reading of an ordinance to amend the Avista Resort Planned Development District (PDD) to remove a proposed retail building and plaza from the PDD and replace them with expanded Avista Resort employee parking.
City Council passed first reading of a proposed ordinance to amend Chapter 4, Animals and Fowl, of the City Code. Three amendments are proposed. One would prohibit leaving an animal in any unattended motor vehicle under circumstances that could cause suffering, disability or death to an animal. Another would place parameters on the manner, conditions and type of tether used to restrict the motion of a dog. A third would prohibit the sale of dogs and cats at a pet shop but would allow a pet shop to make space available to an animal shelter or animal rescue organization to offer to the public dogs and cats for adoption. 

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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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