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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.



Keep Horry County Beautiful's Secure Your Load Tarp Giveaways

Conway, South Carolina – Keep Horry County Beautiful (KHCB) will continue the “Secure Your Load” Tarp Giveaway campaign during the month of May. Initiated in 2017 as an effort to reduce the amount of roadside litter and debris the program focused on residents and small business owners who use their personal vehicles for hauling. The campaign is based, in part, on facts gathered from the nationwide 2016 AAA report, which stated that more than 200,000 wrecks, 39,000 injuries and 500 deaths in the previous four years had been caused by trash in the roads and objects flying off vehicles. Additionally, KHCB’s Annual Litter Index revealed and continues to show, consistently littered roadways near Solid Waste Authority Convenience Centers. Accordingly, Keep Horry County Beautiful and the Horry County Police Department will distribute free tarps, courtesy of a PalmettoPride Grant, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the following locations (exact addresses may be found on the Horry County Solid Waste Authority's website):

  1. May 4, 2019 – Carolina Forest Convenience Center #24– On International Drive between Ocean Bay Elementary and Horry County Fire Station.
  2. May 11, 2019 – Homewood #7– Highway 701- North of Conway in front of SC Department of Highways and Public Transportation.
  3. May 18, 2019 – Browntown #15– Hwy. 548 (Four Mile Road) near Sandy Acres Mobile Home Park (between Highway 501/Juniper Bay Road).
  4. May 18, 2019 – McDowell Shortcut #4– Off Highway 707 between US-17 Bypass, St. James Elementary & Middle Schools (from US-17 Bypass turn at Pelican, turn right when you get to the dirt road).
  5. May 25, 2019 – Jackson Bluff #12– Off of SC 544 on Jackson Bluff Road, across from Grand Strand Water & Sewer Office.

The Keep Horry County Beautiful Committee will meet May 28, 2019, at 11:30 a.m. in Multipurpose Room B of the Government and Justice Center located 1301 2nd Avenue in Conway. For more information in getting involved in keeping the County’s boat landings, waterways, parks, and roadsides beautiful and litter-free throughout the year, may contact Keep Horry County Beautiful (tindalln@horrycounty.org or 915-5340).



Keep Horry County Beautiful Litter Events

Conway, South Carolina – The Keep Horry County Beautiful Committee announces a volunteer opportunity for citizens or organizations interested in assisting with upcoming litter cleanups in our community. Trash bags, gloves, safety vests, and trash grabbers will be provided.

Saturday, March 10th – Burgess Community - 9 a.m. to Noon. The Greater Burgess Community Association, in partnership with Keep Horry County Beautiful, will hold a community cleanup beginning at the South Strand Recreation Center (9650 Scipio Lane, Myrtle Beach). Volunteers will be transported to clean up litter along Holmestown Road and Scipio Lane. 

Saturday, March 17th – Bucksport Road – 9 a.m. Join the Distinguished Men of Bucksport in partnership with Keep Horry County Beautiful for the cleanup of Bucksport Road in Bucksport. Please meet at 9 a.m. at the James R. Frazier Community Center located at 1370 Bucksport Road. Contact Alphonzo Sherman for more information: (843) 340-5586.

The next meeting of the Keep Horry County Beautiful Committee is March 27, 2018, at 11:30 a.m. in Multipurpose Room B of the Government and Justice Center located 1301 2nd Avenue in Conway. 

If you want to get involved in keeping Horry County’s boat landings, waterways, parks, and roadsides beautiful and litter-free throughout the year, please contact Keep Horry County Beautiful at (843) 915-5340 or by email.



4th Annual Horry County Community Cleanup Day a Success

Conway, South Carolina – Horry County Council, in conjunction with Keep Horry County Beautiful and numerous partners, hosted a countywide, volunteer litter cleanup event on Saturday, October 21, 2017. The event featured 10-locations around the county where approximately over 205 volunteers came out and picked up nearly 700 bags of litter. The number of bags of litter collected by County Council district are as follows: 

  • District 1        -           92 bags
  • District 2        -           20 bags
  • District 3        -           7 bags
  • District 4 & 5 -           61 bags
  • District 6        -          35 bags
  • District 7        -          54 bags
  • District 8        -          36 bags
  • District 9 & 10 -        189 bags
  • District 11      -          36 bags
  • City of Conway -      150 bags 

Participating agencies and partners for the event include Keep Horry County Beautiful, PalmettoPride, Coastal Carolina University, Horry County Schools, Carolina Forest Civic Association, Greater Burgess Community Association, Horry County Solid Waste Authority, Coast RTA and many more.
 
Keep Horry County Beautiful also recognized the following groups and individuals for achievement in efforts to reduce litter and beautify our county. The Community Cleanup and Beautification Awards for 2017 were:
 
Outstanding Business Award 

  • Ocean Lakes Campground 

Outstanding Non-Profit Award 

  • Surfrider-Grand Strand 

Outstanding School Award

  • Early College High School
  • Forestbrook Middle
  • Lakewood Elementary 

Outstanding Community Award

  • Coast RTA
  • Horry County School District Transportation Dept. 

Beautification Award

  • United Way of Horry County 

Achievement in Waste Reduction

  • City of Conway Solid Waste Department 

Outstanding Litter Prevention Program

  • Waccamaw Riverkeeper
  • PalmettoPride 

Outstanding Leadership in Litter Prevention

  • Horry County Police Department


Keep Horry County Beautiful Partners to Clean Up Area Road

Conway, South Carolina – The South Carolina Aquarium has created a SCA Citizen Science App that will allow citizens to track and remove litter from both land and water throughout South Carolina. The new application will track litter across the state which assists with research and development of future programs.

To promote the free app, South Carolina Aquarium staff will tour the Horry County Solid Waste Authority’s landfill facility and assist Keep Horry County Beautiful, the Horry County Solid Waste Authority, Palmetto Pride and the Horry County Police in cleaning up litter along the Sterrit Swamp Road area on Tuesday, September 26, 2017, from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m.

The application can be downloaded for free from the Apple App Store. For more information, please contact Keep Horry County Beautiful by email or 915-5340. 



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