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Tuesday, April 28, 2009

South Strand largely unaffected by Myrtle Beach wildfires

While the Myrtle Beach area is certainly no stranger to the national news, the events of the past week have seen a dramatic increase in coverage. With South Carolina's worst wildfires in 30 years still smoldering on the north end of the beach, dramatic images and footage have been beamed around the world, leading many to wonder if there was a beach left. The tragedy is very real for the many families left homeless by the fires, but I think we can consider ourselves fortunate that no lives were lost and no serious injuries were sustained by anyone in the fire's path. Credit is certainly due to the brave firefighters that risked their lives to contain the blaze, and to the law enforcement officers that successfully evacuated the vast majority of resident from harm's way.

While we followed the events closely from the South Strand, Garden City Beach and Surfside Beach were both fortunate to have been miles away from the worst areas, and actually have seen little or no direct impact as a result. Aside from a few north-end golf courses, it would appear that the entire Grand Strand is back up and running and ready for the summer season.

Local media outlets, including The Sun News, WPDE, WBTW and WMBF have all done an excellent job covering the fires, and most of their photos and footage can still be seen online. In addition, the Horry County Chapter of the American Red Cross has been on the scene since Day 1 with support for victims and firefighters.

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Help keep Garden City Beach beautiful!

As most of our visitors are aware, one of the many features that makes Garden City Beach so beautiful is the adjoining waters of Murrells Inlet. This tidal estuary provides a wonderful place for boating, fishing, crabbing, swimming and just plain sightseeing, and is a big reason that our area is so popular. However, like many natural areas with close proximity to large populations, Murrells Inlet is not immune to litter. Luckily, for the past 18 years, a group of concerned citizens has found a way to keep Murrells Inlet beautiful, and actually have fun doing it!

Spring Tide started small back in 1991, but has grown into a full day's worth of fun. The annual cleanup is timed to occur at or near high tide, to allow easy and safe access to high areas of the marsh that might otherwise be damaged by foot traffic. This year, that happens to fall on Sunday, April 26 at 8:30AM. Canoes, kayaks and trashbags are provided, and volunteers are sent off from Morse Park for a morning of exploring and cleanup. At 12:30PM, the crowds meet back at the Hot Fish Club for the Great Murrells Inlet Chowder cook off! (There's only one hitch: no work, no eat!)

Take it from one who has done it several times: it's actually a lot of fun, and is a great way to explore some out-of-the-way creeks and estuaries that you might not see otherwise. (Plus, the food is fantastic!) For more information, call Murrells Inlet 2020 at (843) 357-2007.

Saturday, April 11, 2009

Myrtle Beach's Hard Rock Park gets a new name

Well, it's official... the former Hard Rock Park will be re-opening with this year with a new name a new focus on family-friendly activities while retaining the overall musical theme of its predecessor. According the the owners of the Freestyle Music Park, visitors can "indulge [their] inner 'rock star' while enjoying the park's many and excellent rides, shows and other attractions."

The new park is expected to focus on a wider range of musical genres than the Hard Rock Park, with areas devoted to reggae, country, Christian and disco music. In addition, plans are in place to include more "kid-friendly" rides and attractions to counter one of the most commonly-heard criticisms of the Hard Rock layout.

The park's website isn't yet complete, but will provide updates and schedules as they become available.

Monday, April 6, 2009

Myrtle Beach Military Appreciation Days lineup announced

The month of May in the Myrtle Beach area has been synonymous with Bikers for the past several years, be they part of the annual Harley Rally or the Memorial Day Bikefest. This year, however, as most of you are aware, the City of Myrtle Beach has announced its intentions to cease hosting these events. Regardless of your feelings either way, one exciting by-product of this decision has been the creation of the Myrtle Beach Military Appreciation Days, which will kick off this year on May 28, 29 and 30 at the Market Common's Grand Park and Valor Memorial Gardens.

The inaugural festival features a packed schedule, ranging from golf, softball and basketball tournaments and a 5K run/walk to Coast Guard and Navy SEAL demonstrations to concerts and fireworks for the whole family. Anyone attending Saturday's family picnic will be treated to a wide range of activities, including jet ski and model airplane demonstrations, a climbing wall and a parachute jump, and there will even be a tank and a HumVee on hand to explore.

The schedule is constantly changing as new events are announced, but the weekend promises to be fun-filled for the whole family, and a great way to show your support for the brave men and women fighting to keep our country safe.

South Strand largely unaffected by Myrtle Beach wildfires

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

While the Myrtle Beach area is certainly no stranger to the national news, the events of the past week have seen a dramatic increase in coverage. With South Carolina's worst wildfires in 30 years still smoldering on the north end of the beach, dramatic images and footage have been beamed around the world, leading many to wonder if there was a beach left. The tragedy is very real for the many families left homeless by the fires, but I think we can consider ourselves fortunate that no lives were lost and no serious injuries were sustained by anyone in the fire's path. Credit is certainly due to the brave firefighters that risked their lives to contain the blaze, and to the law enforcement officers that successfully evacuated the vast majority of resident from harm's way.

While we followed the events closely from the South Strand, Garden City Beach and Surfside Beach were both fortunate to have been miles away from the worst areas, and actually have seen little or no direct impact as a result. Aside from a few north-end golf courses, it would appear that the entire Grand Strand is back up and running and ready for the summer season.

Local media outlets, including The Sun News, WPDE, WBTW and WMBF have all done an excellent job covering the fires, and most of their photos and footage can still be seen online. In addition, the Horry County Chapter of the American Red Cross has been on the scene since Day 1 with support for victims and firefighters.

Help keep Garden City Beach beautiful!

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

As most of our visitors are aware, one of the many features that makes Garden City Beach so beautiful is the adjoining waters of Murrells Inlet. This tidal estuary provides a wonderful place for boating, fishing, crabbing, swimming and just plain sightseeing, and is a big reason that our area is so popular. However, like many natural areas with close proximity to large populations, Murrells Inlet is not immune to litter. Luckily, for the past 18 years, a group of concerned citizens has found a way to keep Murrells Inlet beautiful, and actually have fun doing it!

Spring Tide started small back in 1991, but has grown into a full day's worth of fun. The annual cleanup is timed to occur at or near high tide, to allow easy and safe access to high areas of the marsh that might otherwise be damaged by foot traffic. This year, that happens to fall on Sunday, April 26 at 8:30AM. Canoes, kayaks and trashbags are provided, and volunteers are sent off from Morse Park for a morning of exploring and cleanup. At 12:30PM, the crowds meet back at the Hot Fish Club for the Great Murrells Inlet Chowder cook off! (There's only one hitch: no work, no eat!)

Take it from one who has done it several times: it's actually a lot of fun, and is a great way to explore some out-of-the-way creeks and estuaries that you might not see otherwise. (Plus, the food is fantastic!) For more information, call Murrells Inlet 2020 at (843) 357-2007.

Myrtle Beach's Hard Rock Park gets a new name

Saturday, April 11, 2009

Well, it's official... the former Hard Rock Park will be re-opening with this year with a new name a new focus on family-friendly activities while retaining the overall musical theme of its predecessor. According the the owners of the Freestyle Music Park, visitors can "indulge [their] inner 'rock star' while enjoying the park's many and excellent rides, shows and other attractions."

The new park is expected to focus on a wider range of musical genres than the Hard Rock Park, with areas devoted to reggae, country, Christian and disco music. In addition, plans are in place to include more "kid-friendly" rides and attractions to counter one of the most commonly-heard criticisms of the Hard Rock layout.

The park's website isn't yet complete, but will provide updates and schedules as they become available.

Myrtle Beach Military Appreciation Days lineup announced

Monday, April 6, 2009

The month of May in the Myrtle Beach area has been synonymous with Bikers for the past several years, be they part of the annual Harley Rally or the Memorial Day Bikefest. This year, however, as most of you are aware, the City of Myrtle Beach has announced its intentions to cease hosting these events. Regardless of your feelings either way, one exciting by-product of this decision has been the creation of the Myrtle Beach Military Appreciation Days, which will kick off this year on May 28, 29 and 30 at the Market Common's Grand Park and Valor Memorial Gardens.

The inaugural festival features a packed schedule, ranging from golf, softball and basketball tournaments and a 5K run/walk to Coast Guard and Navy SEAL demonstrations to concerts and fireworks for the whole family. Anyone attending Saturday's family picnic will be treated to a wide range of activities, including jet ski and model airplane demonstrations, a climbing wall and a parachute jump, and there will even be a tank and a HumVee on hand to explore.

The schedule is constantly changing as new events are announced, but the weekend promises to be fun-filled for the whole family, and a great way to show your support for the brave men and women fighting to keep our country safe.