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Horry County News and Announcements

Upcoming Meetings for November 30- December 4, 2020

On November 25, 2020 in Weekly Update

[Revision 1:The Planning Commission packet was revised to include missing pages and the Fall Budget Retreat was postponed until January 15, 2021.]

[Revision 2: Planning Commission agenda is revised.]

Upcoming Meetings

Meeting attendees are encouraged to wear a face-covering when entering the building and when social distancing is not possible or practical.


Administration Committee

Tuesday, December 1, 2020, 2 p.m.

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


Planning Commission

Thursday, December 3, 2020, 5:30 p.m.

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


County Council Fall Budget Retreat-Postponed to Jan. 15, 2021.

Friday, December 4, 2020, 8 a.m.- 5 p.m.



Horry County Seeking Public Input on Beach Management Plan

Horry County is seeking public input on an update to the Horry County Beach Management Plan. The South Carolina Beachfront Management Act (S.C. 48-39-250 et seq) requires that oceanfront counties and municipalities prepare local comprehensive beach management plans in coordination with the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control – Office of Ocean and Coastal Resource Management (SCDHEC-OCRM) to ensure that public beaches are holistically maintained. These plans must address beach erosion and beach preservation, public beach access and parking, beachfront development and land use, drainage, habitat and wildlife, and post-disaster planning. By having a current local beach management plan, Horry County will remain eligible to receive beach renourishment funding assistance from the State. 

Horry County Government is responsible for maintaining the beaches located in the unincorporated areas of the County, including Garden City, beaches north of the Surfside Beach to the Myrtle Beach city limits, and Arcadian Shores. Horry County invites you to participate in the following survey, which will take less than 10 minutes to complete and will be available through January 31, 2021. Paper copies of the survey are available for pick up at the Horry County Planning & Zoning Department in the Horry County Government and Justice Center at 1301 Second Avenue in Conway. If you are interested in learning more about the role of beach management plans or reading the plans of other communities, including the adopted plans for area cities, please visit SCDHEC-OCRM’s website.

Your participation in this survey is a great way to provide input and ensure that the plan reflects the desires of the community. Questions about the survey or the development of the plan may be directed to Horry County Planning & Zoning at 843-915-5340 or by email. If you wish to receive updates on the progress of the plan, please complete the survey and include your email address at the end. 

As we prepare for our 2021 Race Series, we want to hear from you!

Whether you participated in one of our races previously or you hope to join us at an event in the future, share your thoughts with us by filling out our survey here.


 Memorial Dedication Planned for Victims of 1972 Military Aircraft Cras

The Horry County Council, along with the Horry County Historic Preservation Commission, will hold a memorial dedication on December 5, 2020, to honor the victims of the 1972 military aircraft crash that occurred over the Bayboro area of Horry County.

A ceremony will be held at Berea Baptist Church located at 4287 Joyner Swamp Road in Aynor, South Carolina beginning at 2 p.m. and will conclude with the unveiling of a memorial headstone and a historical roadside marker near the crash site. 

The ceremony will include a procession for the families in attendance to the church with participation from Horry County public safety agencies including Horry County Police Department, Horry County Sheriff’s Office, and Horry County Fire Rescue.

The program includes local leaders, military participation from Pope Army Airfield, and community members that witnessed the event. This is an opportunity for family members of those who died and our entire community to recognize and honor the sacrifice made by these brave individuals.

For more information, please contact Lou Conklin, Senior Planner, by email or (843) 915-7892.


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.

Juror selection has resumed with precautions in place.

All local Magistrate Offices are open to the public for filings and court.

Central Traffic Court is open as well as is the Central Jury Court. Central Jury will only be receiving guilty pleas, so the public will not be required to serve jury duty.

Preliminary hearings resumed October 30, 2020.