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Rice, Bethune, Myrtle Beach Chamber Lose Political Influence With I-73 No Vote

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David Hucks
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 Area Chamber Of Commerce associated hitters SCDOT Commissioner Tony Cox, Doug Wendell, and contractor Benji Hardee worked the telephones all week encouraging Horry County Council to vote yes on I-73.

Benjy Hardee
President C.E.O – A.O. Hardee & Son, Inc. MBACC Associated Heavy Hitter

Their efforts were in vain.

Horry County Council voted against funding I-73 tonight by a measure of 6 to 5.

I 73 Vote

For 30 years, the Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce and their City of Myrtle Beach insiders have had their way politically in Horry County.

Tonight set a new precedent.

Realizing a no vote was immanent, Councilman Johnny Vaught attempted to have the measure tabled.

Johnny Vaught pleaded with County Council to table the vote to no avail.

The I-73 local funding initiative of $350 million is now dead.

Key state legislators have informed MyrtleBeachSC News that no state funds are coming.

Neither the City of Myrtle Beach nor the City of North Myrtle Beach were willing to fund the project as of tonight’s vote.

What this means as to the future of the Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce’s political influence will largely hinge on whether the organization can get Brenda Bethune reelected Myrtle Beach Mayor this November 2nd.

Rice McMaster
MBACC C.E.O. Karen Riorden, Congressman Tom Rice and Governor McMaster celebrate prematurely.

Locals will get a front row seat as to whether the Myrtle Beach Area Chamber (MBACC) can get their favored candidate Tom Rice elected in the primary next June.

Time will tell, but tonight was a first time loss for MBACC.



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