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Upcoming Meetings for March 22-26, 2021

Upcoming Meetings

The following meetings will meet in person with all COVID19 precautions in place. Citizens who wish to attend meetings in person will be encouraged to wear a face mask while inside the building. If you do not have a mask, one will be made available to you.

 

Keep Horry County Beautiful

Tuesday, March 23, 2021, 11:30 a.m.

Click here to download and view the agenda or here for the packet.

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Library Board of Trustees

Thursday, March 25, 2021, 4:30 p.m.

Click here to download and view the agenda or here for the packet.

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The following meetings will take place virtually and will be broadcast on the Horry County Government website as well as the Government Access Channel (Spectrum/Time Warner channel 1301 or Horry Telephone Cooperative Channel 14).

Accommodations Tax Advisory Committee

Wednesday, March 24, 2021, 9 a.m.

Click here to download and view the agenda.

View meeting on our website here.

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Planning Commission Workshop

Thursday, March 25, 2021, 3 p.m.

Click here to download and view the agenda or here for the packet.

View meeting on our website here.

 

Virtual Update: Buyout Program in Horry County 

Horry County will be hosting a virtual update on March 23, 2021, at 3 p.m. to provide a buyout program overview to affected residents. 

At this time, Horry County has not received the official award letter from SCDRO or entered into the necessary agreements to begin the buyout program. Horry County has received a number of phone calls from residents requesting information on the buyout program so they can make decisions whether or not they are interested in making an application, as well as which Federal program they should apply for. This update is designed to provide residents in the affected areas general information related to these questions as well as general buyout information. 

Participation in this seminar is not required for interested homeowners but may help answer some initial questions, including the anticipated timelines. 

The seminar will be broadcast live on the Horry County Government Facebook Page, Government Access Channel (Spectrum/Time Warner channel 1301 or Horry Telephone Cooperative Channel 14), and on the County website. The format will include a brief presentation followed by an opportunity for virtual attendees to submit questions. The question and answer session will be moderated. 

Participants can submit their questions during the seminar by texting (843) 502-0033 (message and data rates may apply) or emailing resiliencyproject@horrycounty.org. Users watching the seminar on the Horry County Government Facebook page can submit their questions in the comments section of the live video feed. 

Information and updates will be available at horrycounty.org/resiliencyproject.

 

Horry County Seeking Public Input on Sandridge Community Park

Horry County, in cooperation with the South Carolina Department of Transportation (SCDOT), is seeking public input to help reduce impacts to the Sandridge Community Park from the RIDE III -- Conway Perimeter Road Phase II (El Bethel Road Extension) project and inform future potential amenities.

The Conway Perimeter Road Phase II project, part of the Ride III Program, will impact the Sandridge Community Park by traversing the southern-most portion of the park. Impacts from the proposed road extension include the basketball courts, playground, and one picnic shelter. Community input is needed to help mitigate these impacts and plan for their replacement with desired amenities. Horry County invites you to participate in the following survey, which will take less than 10-minutes to complete. The survey will be available through April 16, 2021. Paper copies of the survey are available for pick up at the Horry County Planning & Zoning Department in the Horry County Government & Justice Center at 1301 2nd Avenue in Conway.

Horry County is continuing to plan for our future. Your participation in this survey is a great way to provide your input and ensure that the Sandridge Community Park improvements reflect the desires of the community.

Any questions about the survey or future potential park improvements can be directed to Horry County Planning & Zoning Senior Planner, Ashley Cowen, at (843) 915-7894 or by email.

If you wish to receive updates on the progress of park improvements, please complete the survey and include your email address at the end.

Questions regarding the Ride III program can be directed to the Horry County Ride Program Manager Jason Thompson, PE, at (843) 915-5160 or by email.

 

United Way of Horry County Needs Assessment Survey

United Way of Horry County is leading a Community Needs Assessment Survey so we, and other agencies, can better address the ever-changing issues in our area. Your response will help UWHC and others form impactful decisions and fund programs that will create lasting change here in our community. 

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/YB2FZ7Q 

Visit the website above and complete the survey by Friday, April 30, 2021. 

The survey does not ask your name, address or phone number. All of your answers are confidential. If you have any questions, contact Katie Dwulet, Community Impact Coordinator by email Katie@unitedwayhorry.org or by phone at 843-347-5195 ext. 5.

    

Partial Road Closure on Industrial Park Road 

A portion of Industrial Park Road in Conway, between Harris Shortcut Road and the curved section of Industrial Park Road in front of the Horry County Animal Care Center, will be closed to all traffic except construction traffic. Motorists in the area should use caution, stay alert for crews working in the area, and pay attention to all signs and traffic control devices.

 

Horry County Government COVID19 Operations Update

Following the guidance of state and federal agencies, Horry County continues to allow public access to its buildings with the best safety practices being implemented. Safety measures will include:

  • Everyone in high-traffic public areas will be required to wear masks while inside facilities. This includes lobbies, waiting areas, customer service counters, etc. Everyone is encouraged to bring their own mask and wear it prior to entering the facilities.
  • Occupancy limits are set in public areas of offices and lobbies.
  • Physical distancing guidelines are in place.
  • Services made available online will continue and the public is encouraged to use online services when possible.
  • Additional hand sanitizing stations are stationed in public areas.
  • Enhanced cleaning operations will continue.

To help alleviate crowding in public areas, Horry County encourages individuals to continue to do business online and over the phone with county departments where possible. Horry County will continue to phase into operations as conditions permit, and ask for patience if wait times exist.

Anyone planning to visit a County building should be prepared to check in with staff located at the entrance to the facility. Visitors may be asked to wait outside the office or facility depending on the capacity of the facility.

County officials remind everyone to continue to follow CDC and S.C. DHEC safety guidelines as well as Governor Henry McMaster’s executive orders that remain in effect.

Circuit, Family, Probate, and Master-in-Equity Court will begin holding in-person proceedings, other than jury trials, Monday, March 15, 2021, (including in-person Grand Jury proceedings). Circuit Court will resume holding jury trials on Monday, April 5, 2021.

All Summary Courts (Central Traffic, Central Jury, Magistrates', Domestic Violence Court, and Preliminary Hearings) may begin holding in-person proceedings starting March 15, 2021. Central Traffic Court will begin holding in-person hearings on April 5, 2021.

 

 



Upcoming Meetings for March 15-19, 2021

Upcoming Meetings-Revised

[3.16.21-FLC meeting agenda revised, I&R Subcommittee agenda & packet added and release regarding bridge reopening added]

 

The following meetings will meet in person with all COVID19 precautions in place. Citizens who wish to attend meetings in person will be encouraged to wear a face mask while inside the building. If you do not have a mask, one will be made available to you.

 

Historic Preservation Committee

Tuesday, March 16, 2021, 2:30 p.m.

Click here to download and view the agenda or here for the packet.

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County Council

Tuesday, March 16, 2021, 6 p.m.

Click here to download and view the agenda or here for the packet.

The March 16th Council Meeting will take place in-person and will be broadcast on the Horry County Government website as well as the Government Access Channel (Spectrum/Time Warner channel 1301 or Horry Telephone Cooperative channel 14). 

IMPORTANT NOTICE CONCERNING PUBLIC COMMENT:

Members of the public will have the opportunity to provide comments via telephone on items that are scheduled for a public hearing. Speakers must sign up prior to 3:00 p.m. Tuesday, March 16th, 2021, by contacting Pat Hartley at (843) 915-5120, or by email hartleyp@horrycounty.org. Written comments submitted to the same email address will be accepted and provided to council members.

Public Hearings that are scheduled for March 16th include the following:

Ordinance 22-2021 to amend the Future Land Use Map of the Imagine 2040 Comprehensive Plan for PINS 29716040004 and 29716040003 from Rural to Rural Communities.

Ordinance 23-2021 to amend the FY2021 Budget Ordinance so as to recognize various revenue and expenditures in the Debt Service and Capital Improvement Projects funds.

Ordinance 24-2021 authorizing the issuance and sale of not exceeding $3.5 million General Obligation Bonds, Series 2021A, or such other appropriate series designation, of Horry County; fixing the form and details of the bonds; authorizing the county administrator or his lawfully-authorized designee to determine certain matters relating to the bonds; providing for the payment of the bonds and the disposition of the proceeds thereof; and other matters relating thereto.

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Forfeited Land Commission--Revised Agenda

Wednesday, March 17, 2021, 10 a.m.

Click here to download and view the agenda.

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Board of Fee Appeals

Thursday, March 18, 2021, 3 p.m.

Click here to download and view the agenda.

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Infrastructure & Regulation Subcommittee on Flooding

Friday, March 19, 2021, 10 a.m.

Click here to download and view the agenda or here for the packet.

 

Railroad Bridge Reopens

The Waccamaw Coast Line Railroad bridge, at mile 44.4 in Conway, SC that was closed due to high water has been reopened. For questions please contact Horry County’s Department of Public Works at (843) 915-5410.

 

Myrtle Ridge Drive to Close for Sewer Repair

Myrtle Ridge Drive will be closed to thru traffic between Highway 544 and Highway 501 Wednesday, March 17, 2021, for sewer repair. Traffic will be detoured via Singleton Ridge Road. Drivers are urged to use caution and obey all traffic control devices.

 

United Way of Horry County Needs Assessment Survey

United Way of Horry County is leading a Community Needs Assessment Survey so we, and other agencies, can better address the ever-changing issues in our area. Your response will help UWHC and others form impactful decisions and fund programs that will create lasting change here in our community. 

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/YB2FZ7Q 

Visit the website above and complete the survey by Friday, April 30, 2021. 

The survey does not ask your name, address or phone number. All of your answers are confidential. If you have any questions, contact Katie Dwulet, Community Impact Coordinator by email Katie@unitedwayhorry.org or by phone at 843-347-5195 ext. 5.

 

Horry County Government COVID 19 Operations Update

Following the guidance of state and federal agencies, Horry County continues to allow public access to its buildings with the best safety practices being implemented. Safety measures will include:

  • Everyone in high-traffic public areas will be required to wear masks while inside facilities. This includes lobbies, waiting areas, customer service counters, etc. Everyone is encouraged to bring their own mask and wear it prior to entering the facilities.
  • Occupancy limits are set in public areas of offices and lobbies.
  • Physical distancing guidelines are in place.
  • Services made available online will continue and the public is encouraged to use online services when possible.
  • Additional hand sanitizing stations are stationed in public areas.
  • Enhanced cleaning operations will continue.

To help alleviate crowding in public areas, Horry County encourages individuals to continue to do business online and over the phone with county departments where possible. Horry County will continue to phase into operations as conditions permit, and ask for patience if wait times exist.

Anyone planning to visit a County building should be prepared to check in with staff located at the entrance to the facility. Visitors may be asked to wait outside the office or facility depending on the capacity of the facility.

County officials remind everyone to continue to follow CDC and S.C. DHEC safety guidelines as well as Governor Henry McMaster’s executive orders that remain in effect.

Circuit, Family, Probate, and Master-in-Equity Court will begin holding in-person proceedings, other than jury trials, Monday, March 15, 2021, (including in-person Grand Jury proceedings). Circuit Court will resume holding jury trials on Monday, April 5, 2021.

All Summary Courts (Central Traffic, Central Jury, Magistrates', Domestic Violence Court, and Preliminary Hearings) may begin holding in-person proceedings starting March 15, 2021. Central Traffic Court will begin holding in-person hearings on April 5, 2021.

 



Upcoming Meetings for March 8-12, 2021

Upcoming Meetings

All of the following meetings will take place virtually and will be broadcast on the Horry County Government website as well as the Government Access Channel (Spectrum/Time Warner channel 1301 or Horry Telephone Cooperative Channel 14).

 

Parks & Open Space Board

Monday, March 8, 2021, 12 p.m.

Click here to download and view the agenda or here for the packet.

This meeting will take place virtually and will be broadcast on the Horry County Government website as well as the Government Access Channel (Spectrum/Time Warner channel 1301 or Horry Telephone Cooperative Channel 14).

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Zoning Board of Appeals

Monday, March 8, 2021, 5:30 p.m.

Click here to download and view the agenda or here for the packet.

This meeting will take place virtually and will be broadcast on the Horry County Government website as well as the Government Access Channel (Spectrum/Time Warner channel 1301 or Horry Telephone Cooperative Channel 14).

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Public Safety Committee

Tuesday, March 9, 2021, 9 a.m.

Click here to download and view the agenda or here for the packet.

This meeting will take place virtually and will be broadcast on the Horry County Government website as well as the Government Access Channel (Spectrum/Time Warner channel 1301 or Horry Telephone Cooperative Channel 14).

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Infrastructure & Regulation Committee

Tuesday, March 9, 2021, 2 p.m.

Click here to download and view the agenda or here for the packet.

This meeting will take place virtually and will be broadcast on the Horry County Government website as well as the Government Access Channel (Spectrum/Time Warner channel 1301 or Horry Telephone Cooperative Channel 14).

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Stormwater Advisory Committee

Wednesday, March 10, 2021, 3 p.m.

Click here to download and view the agenda.

This meeting will take place virtually and will be broadcast on the Horry County Government website as well as the Government Access Channel (Spectrum/Time Warner channel 1301 or Horry Telephone Cooperative Channel 14).

Members of the public will have an opportunity to provide public comment via telephone. You must sign up in advance to speak at public hearing by 5 pm on Tuesday, March 9, 2021. You can sign up by calling Michelle Crocker at (843)915-6955 or by emailing crockerm@horrycounty.org

 

International Drive Road Closure for Controlled Burns Next Week

Conway, S.C. (March 5, 2021) - The South Carolina Department of Natural Resources (SCDNR) intends to perform controlled burns in the vicinity of International Drive on Monday, March 8, 2021, through Friday, March 12, 2021. Prescribed burns are set intentionally for purposes of forest management and to prevent uncontrolled forest fires. The controlled burn will reduce the accumulation of flammable fuels on the forest floor in accordance with SCDNR’s planned land management objectives. 

This controlled burn will require a temporary road closure of International Drive, from SC Highway 90 to Ocean Bay Elementary School, for all traffic. Road closures are expected to begin Monday, March 8th at 10:00 am. There is a possibility that the road will remain closed beginning Monday morning and reopen Friday night. Law Enforcement will be enforcing the road closure. Access to the Horry County Solid Waste Recycling Facility will remain open but only from SC Highway 90.

This schedule is subject to change and is based upon the most current weather forecast. Please plan your travel accordingly. Alternate routes include US Highway 501 and SC Highway 22.

Partial Road Closure on Industrial Park Road 

A portion of Industrial Park Road in Conway, between Harris Shortcut Road and the curved section of Industrial Park Road in front of the Horry County Animal Care Center, will be closed to all traffic except construction traffic. Motorists in the area should use caution, stay alert for crews working in the area, and pay attention to all signs and traffic control devices.

 

Horry County Government COVID 19 Operations Update

Following the guidance from Governor McMaster and state agencies, Horry County will allow public access to its buildings with the best safety practices being implemented. Safety measures will include:

  • Everyone in high-traffic public areas will be required to wear masks while inside facilities. This includes lobbies, waiting areas, customer service counters, etc. Everyone is encouraged to bring their own mask and wear it prior to entering the facilities.
  • Occupancy limits are set in public areas of offices and lobbies.
  • Physical distancing guidelines are in place.
  • Services made available online will continue and the public is encouraged to use online services when possible.
  • Additional hand sanitizing stations are stationed in public areas.
  • Enhanced cleaning operations will continue.

To help alleviate crowding in public areas, Horry County encourages individuals to continue to do business online and over the phone with county departments where possible. Horry County will continue to phase into operations as conditions permit, and ask for patience if wait times exist.

Anyone planning to visit a County building should be prepared to check in with staff located at the entrance to the facility. Visitors may be asked to wait outside the office or facility depending on the capacity of the facility.

County officials remind everyone to continue to follow CDC and S.C. DHEC safety guidelines as well as Governor McMaster’s executive orders that remain in effect.

Circuit, Family, Probate, and Master-in-Equity Court will begin holding in-person proceedings, other than jury trials, on Monday, March 15, 2021, (including in-person Grand Jury proceedings). Circuit Court will resume holding jury trials on Monday, April 5, 2021.

All Summary Courts (Central Traffic, Central Jury, Magistrates', Domestic Violence Court, and Preliminary Hearings) may begin holding in-person proceedings starting March 15, 2021. Central Traffic Court will begin holding in-person hearings on April 5, 2021. 

 



Upcoming Meetings for March 1-5, 2021

Upcoming Meetings-REVISED

[Revised 3.1.21 to correct date for Planning Commission public input.]

All of the following meetings will take place virtually and will be broadcast on the Horry County Government website as well as the Government Access Channel (Spectrum/Time Warner channel 1301 or Horry Telephone Cooperative Channel 14).

 

County Council

Tuesday, March 2, 2021, 6 p.m.

Click here to download and view the agenda or here for the packet.

This meeting will take place virtually and will be broadcast on the Horry County Government website as well as the Government Access Channel (Spectrum/Time Warner channel 1301 or Horry Telephone Cooperative Channel 14).

IMPORTANT NOTICE CONCERNING PUBLIC COMMENT FOR VIRTUAL MEETINGS

Members of the public will have the opportunity to provide comments via telephone on items that are scheduled for a public hearing. Speakers must sign up prior to 3:00 p.m. Tuesday, March 2nd, 2021, by contacting Pat Hartley at (843) 915-5120, or by email hartleyp@horrycounty.org. Written comments submitted to the same email address will be accepted and provided to council members.

Public Hearings that are scheduled for March 2nd Virtual Meeting include the following:

Ordinance 21-2021 to approve the request of Venture Engineering, agent for C&R Builders, to amend the official zoning maps.

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Planning Commission

Thursday, March 4, 2021, 5:30 p.m.

Click here to download and view the agenda or here for the packet.

This meeting will take place virtually and will be broadcast on the Horry County Government website as well as the Government Access Channel (Spectrum/Time Warner channel 1301 or Horry Telephone Cooperative Channel 14).

Members of the public will have an opportunity to provide public comment via telephone on the items having a public hearing. You must sign up in advance to speak at public hearing by 5 pm on Wednesday, March 3, 2021. You can sign up by calling Nancy Tindall at (843)915-7893 or by emailing tindalln@horrycounty.org. You can also submit written comments to be provided to each Planning Commission member at the same email, tindalln@horrycounty.org.

 

 

Partial Road Closure on Industrial Park Road 

A portion of Industrial Park Road in Conway, between Harris Shortcut Road and the curved section of Industrial Park Road in front of the Horry County Animal Care Center, will be closed to all traffic except construction traffic. Motorists in the area should use caution, stay alert for crews working in the area, and pay attention to all signs and traffic control devices.

 

Horry County Government COVID19 Operations Update

Following the guidance from Governor McMaster and state agencies, Horry County will allow public access to its buildings with the best safety practices being implemented. Safety measures will include:

  • Everyone in high-traffic public areas will be required to wear masks while inside facilities. This includes lobbies, waiting areas, customer service counters, etc. Everyone is encouraged to bring their own mask and wear it prior to entering the facilities.
  • Occupancy limits are set in public areas of offices and lobbies.
  • Physical distancing guidelines are in place.
  • Services made available online will continue and the public is encouraged to use online services when possible.
  • Additional hand sanitizing stations are stationed in public areas.
  • Enhanced cleaning operations will continue.

To help alleviate crowding in public areas, Horry County encourages individuals to continue to do business online and over the phone with county departments where possible. Horry County will continue to phase into operations as conditions permit, and ask for patience if wait times exist.

Anyone planning to visit a County building should be prepared to check in with staff located at the entrance to the facility. Visitors may be asked to wait outside the office or facility depending on the capacity of the facility.

County officials remind everyone to continue to follow CDC and S.C. DHEC safety guidelines as well as Governor McMaster’s executive orders that remain in effect.

Circuit Court and Family Court cases will not be heard in person until further notice, with the exception of emergency situations.

All Summary Court (Central Traffic, Central Jury, Magistrate's, Domestic Violence Court, and Preliminary Hearings) proceedings have been suspended until further notice.

 

 



Upcoming Meetings for February 22-26, 2021

Upcoming Meetings

All of the following meetings will take place virtually and will be broadcast on the Horry County Government website as well as the Government Access Channel (Spectrum/Time Warner channel 1301 or Horry Telephone Cooperative Channel 14).

 

Administration Committee

Tuesday, February 23, 2021, 2 p.m.

Click here to download and view the agenda or here for the packet.

This meeting will take place virtually and will be broadcast on the Horry County Government website as well as the Government Access Channel (Spectrum/Time Warner channel 1301 or Horry Telephone Cooperative Channel 14).

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Planning Commission Workshop

Thursday, February 25, 2021, 3 p.m.

Click here to download and view the agenda or here for the packet.

This meeting will take place virtually and will be broadcast on the Horry County Government website as well as the Government Access Channel (Spectrum/Time Warner channel 1301 or Horry Telephone Cooperative Channel 14).

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Infrastructure & Regulation Subcommittee on The Rural Civic Center

Friday, February 26, 2021, 10 a.m.

Click here to download and view the agenda or here for the packet.

This meeting will take place virtually and will be broadcast on the Horry County Government website as well as the Government Access Channel (Spectrum/Time Warner channel 1301 or Horry Telephone Cooperative Channel 14).

 

Partial Road Closure on Industrial Park Road 

A portion of Industrial Park Road in Conway, between Harris Shortcut Road and the curved section of Industrial Park Road in front of the Horry County Animal Care Center, will be closed to all traffic except construction traffic. Motorists in the area should use caution, stay alert for crews working in the area, and pay attention to all signs and traffic control devices.

 

Deadline to Apply for Upcoming Community Development Block Grant Application Cycle on February 24, 2021 

Community Development Office to Host Training Workshops for Applicants ahead of the Deadline 

Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds are provided by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) in order to improve local communities by providing decent housing, improved infrastructure, public facilities and services, and improved economic opportunities. Federal law requires that community development grant funds primarily benefit low and moderate-income persons. Funds may also be used for activities that help prevent or eliminate slum or blight, or for projects that meet urgent community needs.  

The 2021–2022 funding round will focus on Public Services and Public Facilities. Provision of public services (including labor, supplies, and materials) including but not limited to those concerned with employment, crime prevention, child care, health, drug abuse, education, fair housing counseling, energy conservation, homebuyer down payment assistance, or recreational needs will be considered for funding. Public facilities include all facilities that are publicly-owned, or that are owned by a non-profit organization and are open to the public. Eligible projects may include but are not limited to, the rehabilitation of public facilities. 

You are invited to submit an application to Horry County Community Development, located at 128-B Professional Park Drive, Conway, SC 29526. Applications are due no later than February 24, 2021, at 5 PM to be eligible for funding consideration.   

An additional virtual workshop will be held on February 18, 2021, at 1 p.m. for applicants considering an application specifically related to COVID-19 relief. A link to the virtual session will be posted on the Community Development website, prior to the workshop. It will also be broadcast on the Horry County Government Facebook Page and Government Access television channel.

 

Horry County Government COVID 19 Operations Update             

Following the guidance from Governor McMaster and state agencies, Horry County will allow public access to its buildings with the best safety practices being implemented. Safety measures will include:

  • Everyone in high-traffic public areas will be required to wear masks while inside facilities. This includes lobbies, waiting areas, customer service counters, etc. Everyone is encouraged to bring their own mask and wear it prior to entering the facilities.
  • Occupancy limits are set in public areas of offices and lobbies.
  • Physical distancing guidelines are in place.
  • Services made available online will continue and the public is encouraged to use online services when possible.
  • Additional hand sanitizing stations are stationed in public areas.
  • Enhanced cleaning operations will continue.

To help alleviate crowding in public areas, Horry County encourages individuals to continue to do business online and over the phone with county departments where possible. Horry County will continue to phase into operations as conditions permit, and ask for patience if wait times exist.

Anyone planning to visit a County building should be prepared to check in with staff located at the entrance to the facility. Visitors may be asked to wait outside the office or facility depending on the capacity of the facility.

County officials remind everyone to continue to follow CDC and S.C. DHEC safety guidelines as well as Governor McMaster’s executive orders that remain in effect.

Circuit Court and Family Court cases will not be heard in person until further notice, with the exception of emergency situations. 

All Summary Court (Central Traffic, Central Jury, Magistrate's, Domestic Violence Court, and Preliminary Hearings) proceedings have been suspended until further notice.

 



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