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Community Planning Month Education & Events

Conway, South Carolina - Horry County Council has declared October as Community Planning Month! Horry County would like to take this month to highlight the contributions that sound planning and plan implementation make to the quality of our communities, environment, and lives. It is also a great time to recognize the participation and dedication of the members of the Horry County Planning Commission, Zoning Board of Appeals, Board of Architectural Review and Historic Preservation, the Parks and Open Space Board, and Keep Horry County Beautiful. These members have contributed their time and expertise to improve and protect the quality of life in Horry County. To celebrate, Horry County is hosting and participating in a number of community education and outreach events. A 3-hour continuing education training for planners, design professionals, and elected and appointed officials was held on October 8th on Designing for Wildfires at the Wildland-Urban Interface. The County is also hosting its first Citizen Planning Academy! From a pool of applications, 35 participants were selected representing differing geographic areas, business interests, and community involvement. While this program is full, Horry County Planning & Zoning hopes to host this program again in the future due to high interest from the community. Additional community education and outreach events include:

Planning & Zoning Annual Report – This report details the activities and workloads of staff, boards, and commissions. To learn more, click here to view and download the report. Or visit us on Facebook to view or share it here.

Historic Preservation Plan Presentation – October 15, 2019, 2:30 PM – Interested in how the County addresses historic preservation? Come hear a presentation of the proposed Horry County Historic Preservation Plan as it’s presented to the Board of Architectural Review and Historic Preservation at their regularly scheduled meeting at 2:30 PM at the Horry County Government & Justice Center in Conway. The public is welcome to attend and provide comments.

Capital Improvements Expo – October 15, 2019, 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM – Join representatives from various County departments in the Atrium of the Horry County Government & Justice Center to learn and ask questions about all of the capital improvement projects that are planned and underway in Horry County. While you’re here, download and learn how to use the HCConnect App from Horry County’s IT Department!

Parks and Open Space Board Presentation – October 16, 2019, 6:30 PM – Interested in what the Parks and Open Space Board does or want to know about current and future recreational projects in the Carolina Forest area? Horry County Planning and Parks and Recreation staff will be presenting about these topics to the Carolina Forest Civic Association. Join us at the Carolina Forest Recreation Center to learn more!

United Way Day of Caring – October 18, 2019, 8:00 AM – 1:00 PM – As part of United Way's Day of Caring, Horry County Planning & Zoning, the Parks and Open Space Board, Keep Horry County BeautifulHorry County Parks and Recreation, and the Greater Burgess Community Association will be installing a Butterfly Garden at the South Strand Recreation Center. This garden, funded in part by PalmettoPride, will be part of Horry County's first Discovery Trail, which will be installed in Spring 2020. While volunteer registration is full, we encourage participation in other projects taking place throughout the County on Friday, October 18th. Click here to find out about volunteer opportunities near you.

Establishing a Grassroots Organization – October 21, 2019, 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM – Are you forming or part of a grassroots organization that is interested in becoming a 501c3 or learning to maximize its social media presence? Come to this educational session at the Horry County Government & Justice Center in Conway lead by Planning staff, Murrells Inlet 2020 and TogetherSC with panel representatives from local Horry County community groups. Space is limited and pre-registration is required. Please register here by October 18th.



Horry County Historic Preservation Awards 2019

Conway, South Carolina – The Horry County Board of Architectural Review & Historic Preservation (BAR) will hold their annual Historic Preservation Awards May 21, 2019, at 2:30 p.m. at the McCown Auditorium at the Horry County Museum, 805 Main Street, in Conway.

The guest speaker will be Michael Bedenbaugh, the Executive Director of Preservation South Carolina, whose talk will be; “The Importance of Saving Historic Places”.

The ceremony will showcase historic preservation efforts throughout Horry County during the last year. All properties that were designated as historic between May 2018 and April 2019 will receive a certificate acknowledging the honor. Also being recognized:

  • Jody Nyers, a former BAR chairman and for her continuing historic preservation activities;
  • David Wilson, a former BAR member and for years of historic preservation activities;
  • Catherine Heniford Lewis, posthumous for her book, Horry County, South Carolina 1730-1993;
  • Barbara Stokes for her book, Myrtle Beach: A History from 1900 - 1980;
  • Surfside Beach Historical Society for their work involving the Ark Plantation;
  • Restoration of the Shine CafĂ©;
  • Restoration of the Waikiki Motel;
  • The Market Common Military Tour;
  • Winners of the annual High School Historic Sites & Structures Video Contest;
  • Businesses that have been honored by the Legacy Business Recognition Program and;
  • Agritourism businesses that have received approved permits.

For more information, contact Lou Conklin, Senior Planner, for Horry County Planning & Zoning Department at 843-915-5340.



Horry County Legacy Business Recognition

Conway, South Carolina – The Horry County Board of Architectural Review’s Legacy Business Recognition Program will recognize two North Myrtle Beach businesses March 5, 2019. At 9 a.m. a ribbon cutting will be held at the Ocean Drive Barber Shop, and another will be held at Boulineau’s at 9:30 a.m. The ceremonies are free and open to the public.

Ocean Drive Barber Shop was opened in 1952 with Bobby Lewis and his brother operating it for almost 50-years. When Bobby’s brother retired, his friend Kevin Armstrong moved from Charlottesville to work alongside him. Bobby has cut hair at this barbershop for almost 60-years. The state of South Carolina identifies this shop as one of the longest operating barbershops in the state.

Boulineau’s started when Frank and Louise Boulineau opened a grocery store in the community of Cherry Grove Beach in 1948. In 1954 Hurricane Hazel destroyed most of Cherry Grove, including Frank and Louise’s grocery store. A second store was opened a few years later and after several expansions, the unique store now features 85,000 square feet with shopping on two floors.

The Horry County Legacy Business Recognition Program pays tribute to local businesses that have contributed to the economic heritage of Horry County for more than 50-continuous years.

Ocean Drive Barber Shop is located at 233 Main Street, in North Myrtle Beach, and Boulineau’s is located at 212 Sea Mountain Highway, in North Myrtle Beach. For more information, contact Lou Conklin, Senior Planner with Horry County Planning & Zoning at (843) 915-5340.



Horry County Board of Architectural Review to Unveil Historic Marker at Charlie's Place

Conway, South Carolina – The Horry County Board of Architectural Review and Historic Preservation, in association with the State Historic Preservation Office and the City of Myrtle Beach, will unveil a historic marker for Charlie’s Place Monday, October 22, 2018, at 5 p.m. The ceremony will be held at 1420 Carver Street in Myrtle Beach. The ceremony is free and open to the public.

Charlie’s place was established in 1937 by Charles and Sarah Fitzgerald and some consider it the home of “beach music” which later became Shag. Famous musicians such as Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Billie Holliday, Lena Horne, and Fats Domino, to name a few, came to play at the restaurant and dance hall that once stood on the site. Both black and white customers frequented Charlie’s Place despite segregation.

The South Carolina Marker Program was authorized by an act of the South Carolina General Assembly in 1905 creating the Historical Commission of South Carolina. The first marker was erected in 1936 near the site of the Long Cane Massacre near Troy, in McCormick County. Since then more than 1,500 markers have been erected. These markers indicate and interpret places of importance to South Carolina’s past, by commemorating significant events, historic properties or other resources significant for their design.

For more information contact Lou Conklin, Senior Planner with Horry County Planning & Zoning at (843) 915-7892 or by email.



Horry County Board of Architectural Review to Unveil Historic Marker at Charlie's Place

Conway, South Carolina – The Horry County Board of Architectural Review and Historic Preservation, in association with the State Historic Preservation Office and the City of Myrtle Beach, will unveil a historic marker for Charlie’s Place Friday, September 28, 2018, at 4 p.m. The ceremony will be held at 1420 Carver Street in Myrtle Beach. The ceremony is free and open to the public. The Myrtle Beach 3rd Annual Jazz Festival will begin immediately following the ceremony.

Charlie’s place was established in 1937 by Charles and Sarah Fitzgerald and oral tradition holds that it was the home of “beach music” which later became Shag. Famous musicians such as Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Billie Holliday, Lena Horne, and Fats Domino, to name a few, came to play at the restaurant and dance hall that once stood on the site.

The South Carolina Marker Program was authorized by an act of the South Carolina General Assembly in 1905 creating the Historical Commission of South Carolina. The first marker was erected in 1936 near the site of the Long Cane Massacre near Troy, in McCormick County. Since then more than 1,500 markers have been erected. These markers indicate and interpret places of importance to South Carolina’s past, by commemorating significant events, historic properties or other resources significant for their design.

For more information contact Lou Conklin, Senior Planner with Horry County Planning & Zoning at conklinl@horrycounty.org or 843-915-7892.



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