SCDHEC: 4 year samples show Myrtle Beach is S.C.’s dirtiest beach

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David Hucks
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

A local “establishment” blogger questioned MyrtleBeachSC news’ recent reporting concerning bacteria samples. Four years of SCDHEC [South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control] testing samples conclusively show Myrtle Beach rates unsafe more often than Georgetown, Charleston, and Beaufort counties.

MyrtleBeachSC news meticulously covered this story these past 4 years and documented the data more than any other news outlets. From our first investigative research report, we were called “Fake News” by both the local Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce and leaders of Myrtle Beach City Government.

We reached out to SCDHEC with a FOIA request on the data we documented in pictured snippets these past four years.

A graphic, published and then removed by USA Today, perfectly mirrored those findings.

Director Crosby, Division Director Devlin, and Dr. Mike Marcus, 


MYRTLEBEACHSC NEWS HAS METICULOUSLY SNIPPET-ED YOUR WEEKLY TEST SAMPLINGS. As you are aware,  those bacteria samples show that Myrtle Beach tests 10 to 20 times more unsafe than the counties of Beaufort, Georgetown or Charleston.

MyrtleBeachSC news therefor requests all state-wide data samples taken from 2014 through 2019.   We wish to provide that data to our readers, as well as, Ms. Hudson so that she can see the numbers for herself.

CC: STEWART H. RODMAN BEAUFORT COUNTY COUNCIL CHAIRMAN John Thomas – Georgetown County Council Chairman J. Elliott Summey  Charleston County Council Chairman 
Johnny Gardner,  Horry County Council Chairman

We also reached out to Hudson

Audrey, Following your blog of yesterday,  you referenced USA Today taking down its bacteria graphic.  Please note,  tourism in Myrtle Beach alone is a $3 billion industry.  

MyrtleBeachSC news also experienced past pressure from the tourism industry relating to our beach water quality articles. 

You did not reach out to us prior to your Sunday blog, however, to determine on what grounds we continued to publish that graphic.  The graphic posted by USA Today,  mirrors 4 years of SCDHEC samples that our team cataloged these past 4 years.   This data is conclusive.  Myrtle Beach tests 10 to 20 times unsafe more often than Charleston, Beaufort, or Georgetown counties.

We reached out to SCDHEC with a FOIA request of the past 5 years numbers.  Once we have that data in your hands,  my hope is you will have the journalistic integrity to publish this conclusive data on your “establishment” focused blog site.  The cc’d here:  County Council Chairman, Rodman Steward – Beaufort, John Thomas – Georgetown, J. Elliott Summey can also corroborate this data. These counties test unsafe from 1% to 2% of the time at most.

Just a handful of the hundreds of readings we have documented on file.

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