Sunday, October 09, 2005

All about Myrtle Beach

This come from the city of Myrtle Beach website.

Myrtle Beach was incorporated as a town in 1938 and became a city in 1957. Its name comes from the wax myrtle, a shrub that grows abundantly in the area. Our 23,000 permanent residents welcome millions of visitors to this full-service resort community. Guests come to enjoy the wide beaches, the Atlantic Ocean, and an incredible range of activities, entertainment, golf, shopping and dining.

History records that the first tourists here were a party of Spaniards from Hispaniola, who landed about 50 miles north of present-day Myrtle Beach in 1526 and eventually established the first European settlement in the U.S. about 30 miles to the south. That settlement, San Miguel de Cauldape, was abandoned the following year, though, and the group returned to Hispaniola.

In the next three centuries, the region's population grew, but slowly. In the late 1800s and early 1900s, people began to "vacation" here, although it was quite rustic. Houses and camps were sparse, and there were only few permanent residents at the turn of the century. But, drawn by the ocean, sand and trees, people began to call Myrtle Beach "home" as the 1900s progressed.

Today, Myrtle Beach is a well known destination for vacationers from around the country, Canada and abroad. According to the 2000 Census, the city is at the heart of the 13th fastest growing metropolitan area in the U.S. Our 800 staff members are dedicated to being "First in Service" and are ready to provide assistance and answer your questions at any time.

Saturday, October 01, 2005

myrtle beach senior week

Senior Week at Myrtle Beach
by Shelley Poulton myrtle beach senior week

People know it as Students' Week, Senior Week, and Graduation Week . . .some locals even call it a week worth LEAVING town for. But whatever people call it, high school students flock to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina after graduation to celebrate the end of their secondary school years. It's the type of year when young people (most aged 16-19) descend on the beach town for fun in the sun.

Why Myrtle Beach? Many young people are drawn to the good weather and the low accommodation prices. Affordable motels line the streets of downtown Myrtle Beach, and in the outlying areas there are a host of condominium rental buildings. There are benefits - and drawbacks - to each.

Motels are great because of the cost. A basic room can often be had for as low as $45. And many of the motels are quite used to accommodating students at this time of year - so they add an extra bed or two to each room and raise the occupancy level to five or six. This makes it more economical - and busy. Many of these motels turn into party places that don't slow down until the wee hours of the morning.

A little more luxury can be had at a slightly higher cost. Condo rental agencies do a flourishing business year 'round in MB. Some will rent to students - others won't. Be sure to check out their policy and don't be tempted to lie about your age to secure a reservation. There have been many cases of students showing up to rent and being refused accommodation because they don't meet the age requirements.

In both condos and hotels you may be faced with a set of rules. The rules govern noise, age of renters, the number of people allowed in each room, and even things like who is allowed into the complex. That means if you meet your dream man or woman at the bar and want to invite him or her back for an, um, nightcap, you may not be allowed to. Both condos and motels may require you to have a cash deposit. You have no choice about this, so you'd better be prepared. Often, the deposit is $100 PER PERSON - and remember, it's cash. Even more important to remember - if you trash the place, you're not getting it back.

Students flock to MB to celebrate and unwind. And the activities they choose to do are generally split into two distinct categories: day and nighttime recreation.

Daytime pursuits center on the beach. Myrtle Beach's miles of sandy oceanfront draw in students interested in sunning, sporting and scoping each other out. Leisure time on the beach is spent playing Frisbee, hackeysack, and volleyball. Nearby, there are championship golf and, for the less adventurous, minigolf courses. For those less athletically inclined, there is great shopping at the outlet mall or at the Barefoot Landing complex (an attractive area filled with restaurants and shops).

While the sun may be burning during the day, things really heat up at night. And, let's face it, that's why most students come to Myrtle Beach. The area features dozens of hopping nightclubs and beach bars - where dancing, drinking and embarrassing contests are the order of the day. While the clubs are popular, they are for people 18 and over. But the area has a ton of interesting restaurants that are nearly as packed and as festive as the bars. Some of the most popular are the Hollywood-style chains, including the Hard Rock cafe, Planet Hollywood and the House of Blues. A big hit with visitors of all ages is Dick's Last Resort. Located at Barefoot Landing, it features surly waiters who bark at you, tell you what to order, throw your cutlery at you and even tell you how much to tip. But it's all in good fun're free to join in the sparring with a few barbs of your won but be prepared for Dick's punishment: You'll have to wear a condom-shaped paper hat for the duration of your dinner.

A popular day or night pursuit is cruising the strip. Here, you can check out the other cruising students, buy any number of rude or suggestive T-shirts for your buddies back home, or send a not-so rude or suggestive postcard to Mom and Dad. The truly adventurous might be lured to one of the many tattoo or body piercing joints. Just remember, though, it may seem like a good idea at the time but you are going home at the end of the week. And you do want Mom and Dad to pay for college, don't you?



These are the folks you might need to talk to to get things done in or for Myrtle Beach.

Honorable Strom Thurmond
217 Russell Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510
Office: (202) 224-5972
FAX: (202) 224-1300
SC Numbers: Columbia (803) 765-5494
Charleston: (843) 727-4282

Honorable Ernest F. Hollings
125 Russell Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510
Office: (202) 224-6121
FAX: (202) 224-4293
SC Number: Columbia (803) 765-5731
Charleston: (843) 727-4525

1st District
Honorable Henry E. Brown
1017 Longworth House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515
Office: (202) 225-3176
FAX: (202) 225-4340
SC Number: (843) 747-4175
Horry County Office - Constituent Rep. for Mr. Brown
Elma Harrelson
1800 Oak St. Suite C
Myrtle Beach, SC 29577

2nd District
Honorable Joe Wilson
2405 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515
Office: (202) 225-2453

3rd District
Honorable Lindsey O. Graham
1429 Longworth House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515
Office: (202) 225-5301
FAX: (202) 225-3216
SC Number: (864) 224-7401

4th District
Honorable Jim DeMint
504 Cannon House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515
Office: (202) 225-6030
FAX: (202) 226-1177
SC Number: (864) 232-1141

5th District
Honorable John M. Spratt, Jr.
1536 Longworth House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515
Office: (202) 225-5501
FAX: (202) 225-0464
SC Number: (803) 327-1114

6th District
Honorable James E. Clyburn
319 Cannon House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515
Office: (202) 225-3315
FAX: (202) 225-2313
SC Number: (803) 799-1100

Governor of South Carolina
Office of the Governor
P.O. Box 11829
Columbia, SC 29211
Office: (803) 734-9400
FAX: (803) 734-9413

Lt. Governor of South Carolina
The State House
P.O. Box 142
Columbia, SC 29202
Office: (803) 734-2080
FAX: (803) 734-2082

District 28
Honorable Dick Elliott
P.O. Box 3200
North Myrtle Beach, SC 29582
249-1406 FAX: 249-2438

District 32
Honorable J. Yancey McGill
601 Longstreet Street
Kingstree, SC 29556
354-7217 FAX: 354-6426

District 33
Honorable Luke A. Rankin
201 Beatty St.
Conway, SC 29526
248-2405 FAX: 248-2415

District 34
Honorable Arthur Ravenel, Jr.
109 Center Street
Mt. Pleasant, SC 29464
(843) 722-0174 FAX: (843) 722-9027

District 58
Honorable Liston Barfield
P.O. Box 1734
Conway, SC 29528

District 103
Honorable John J. (Bubber) Snow
1482 Henry Road
Hemingway, SC 29554

District 104
Honorable Tracy Edge
1423 Edge Drive
North Myrtle Beach, SC 29582
448-5123, ext. 3248 FAX: 448-9838

District 105
Honorable Billy Witherspoon
111 Sherwood Drive
Conway, SC 29526
365-3965 FAX: 365-3965 *51

District 106
Honorable Tom Keegan
209 Prestwick Road
Surfside Beach, SC 29588

District 107
Honorable Mark Kelley
2510 North Kings Highway
Myrtle Beach, SC 29577

District 108
Honorable Vida Miller
P.O. Box 3157
Pawleys Island, SC 29585
237-2578 FAX: 237-7052

1301 Second Avenue
Conway, SC 29526
Office: 915-5120 FAX: 915-6120

Honorable Chandler C. Prosser, Chairman
P.O. Box 15099
Surfside Beach, SC 29587
357-5200 FAX: 357-5201

District 1
Honorable Ray Skidmore, Jr.
P.O. Box 322
North Myrtle Beach, SC 29597
249-4286 FAX: 249-6373

District 2
Honorable John Kost
103 Fairway Lakes
Myrtle Beach, SC 29577

District 3
Honorable Marion Foxworth
P.O. Box 1642
Myrtle Beach, SC 29578

District 4
Honorable Michael M. Ryan
1404 Bolton Lane
Surfside Beach, SC 29575

District 5
Honorable Terry Cooper
626 North Tenth Avenue
Surfside Beach, SC 29575-4116
357-3098 FAX: 651-6836

District 6
Honorable Gene R. Smith
3998 Tiger Paw Drive
Myrtle Beach, SC 29588

District 7
Honorable James R. Frazier
725 Bucksport Road
Conway, SC 29527

District 8
Honorable Elizabeth D. Gilland
1511 Elm Street
Conway, SC 29526

District 9
Honorable Paul Prince
1046-E Highway 9 Bus. East
Loris, SC 29569

District 10
Honorable Kevin Hardee
2088 Cane Branch Rd.
Loris, SC 29569

District 11
Honorable Janice Jordan
640 Highway 548
Conway, SC 29526

Horry County Administrator
Danny Knight
1301 Second Avenue
Conway, SC 29526
915-5020 FAX: 915-6020

Helen M. Smith, Chair (2002)
3550 Forestbrook Road
Myrtle Beach, SC 29579

District 1
Bleeker Cannon (2002)
704 46th Avenue S.
North Myrtle Beach, SC 29582

District 2
Maryellen Greene (2002)
8803 Kings Road
Myrtle Beach, SC 29572

District 3
Laura Clemmons (2002)
1411 Highway 15
Myrtle Beach, SC 29577

District 4
Morris Williams, Vice Chair (2004)
1916 Racoon Lane
Myrtle Beach, SC 29575

District 5
Paul C. Peterson (2004)
402 Lumber River Rd.
Surfside Beach, SC 29575

District 6
Pam Timms (2002)
4448 Peachtree Road
Myrtle Beach, SC 29579

District 7
Paul Hudson
2408 St. Andrews Lane
Conway, SC 29526

District 8
Bill Graham (2004)
111 Hawthorne Lane
Conway, SC 29526

District 9
Ronald Bessant (2004)
3860-B Circle Road
Longs, SC 29568

District 10
Mary Alice Thompson (2002)
6911 Highway 76
Nichols, SC 29581

District 11
Will Garland (2004)
398 Jordanville Road
Aynor, SC 29511

Mr. Greg Killian, Chair-Elect, Circuit 15
(expires 12/31/2003 Horry County representative)
701 45th Avenue North,
Myrtle Beach, SC 29577
902-0723 FAX: 626-1885

P.O. Box 2468
Myrtle Beach, SC 29578
Office: 918-1001 FAX: 918-1028

Mayor of Myrtle Beach
Honorable Mark McBride
9404 Lake Drive
Myrtle Beach, SC 29577
918-1001 FAX: 918-1028

Mayor Pro Tem
Honorable Susan G. Means
990 Antilles Court
Myrtle Beach, SC 29577
497-6977 FAX: 213-0661

Honorable W. Wilson Cain
206 29th Avenue South
Myrtle Beach, SC 29577
651-3036 FAX: 626-5772

Honorable Charles W. Martino, Jr.
7602 Briarwood Drive
Myrtle Beach, SC 29572
449-1448 FAX: 449-4896

Honorable Judy Rodman
9301 Kings Road
Myrtle Beach, SC 29572
449-6312 FAX: 449-1325

Honorable Michael Chestnut
1202 Ragin Street
Myrtle Beach, SC
448-3494 FAX: 626-8061

Honorable Randal G. Wallace
6506-C Wildwood Trail
Myrtle Beach, SC 29572
497-8262 FAX: 497-6265

Myrtle Beach City Manager
Mr. Tom Leath
P.O. Box 2468
Myrtle Beach, SC 29578

City Hall
1015 2nd Avenue S.
North Myrtle Beach, SC 29582
Office: 280-5555 FAX: 280-5582

Mayor of North Myrtle Beach
Honorable Marilyn Hatley
4624 Eyerly Street
North Myrtle Beach, SC 29582

Honorable Terry W. White, Sr.
1021 Belle Drive
North Myrtle Beach, SC 29582
272-6115 FAX: 272-7662

Honorable Russell Burgess, Jr.
2000 24th Avenue N.
North Myrtle Beach, SC 29582

Honorable Johnny L. Causey
1909 Highway 17 South, Lot 18
North Myrtle Beach, SC 29582
272-860 FAX: 272-1858

Honorable Bob Cavanaugh
1233 Pine Valley Rd.
North Myrtle Beach, SC 29582

Honorable Greg Duckworth
2142 Watson Drive
North Myrtle Beach, SC 29582

Honorable Hal Hoff
816 Merrill Place
North Myrtle Beach, SC 29582
North Myrtle Beach

City Manager
John P. Smith
City Hall
1015 2nd Avenue S.
North Myrtle Beach, SC 29582
Office: 280-5555