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Horry County to Conduct Aerial Mosquito Spraying July 2022

Horry County will conduct aerial mosquito spraying starting the week of July 25, 2022. Specific areas identified for spraying and the dates those sprayings will occur will be available on the website.

Aerial spraying will be conducted one hour prior to sunset and one hour after sunset, weather permitting. 

The chemicals used for mosquito control spraying are approved by the EPA and pose minimal risk to humans or animals. Individuals with asthma or other respiratory illness may wish to stay indoors and close windows and doors during spraying. In addition, homegrown fruits and vegetables should be washed, scrubbed, and/or peeled before eating.

To help keep our honeybee population safe, beekeepers are urged to contact Horry County Stormwater to identify the location of their colonies. You can submit the location of your hive online here.

In addition, citizens who need to request spraying in the unincorporated areas of Horry County (outside city limits) can contact the Horry County Road & Drainage Hotline at 843-381-8000 or by the online form found on our website.



Horry County Accepting Applications for Current Vacancies on Boards & Commissions

Horry County Accepting Applications for Current Vacancies on Boards & Commissions

Horry County is opening applications for vacancies on the following committees – Board of Assessment Appeals, Stormwater Advisory Committee, and the Zoning Board of Appeals.

All applicants must be residents of Horry County. All positions are appointed by Horry County Council, unless noted otherwise. The link to the application is included in the vacancy descriptions below. The appointing Council Member or Members will review the applications. The Clerk to Council will be in touch with any applicants under consideration. For more information, please contact Clerk to Council Pat Hartley at 843-915-5120 or hartleyp@horrycountysc.gov.

Board of Assessment Appeals

The Board of Assessment Appeals is an 11-member board appointed from each of the 11 council districts. Applicants must reside in the district for which they are applying. The board renders impartial decisions on disputes between property owners and the Assessor concerning valuation and assessment issues. Experience in marketing real estate or the construction industry is desirable.

Vacancies in these Districts

District 1 – Councilman Harold Worley

District 3 – Councilman Dennis DiSabato

District 4 – Councilman Gary Loftus

Click here to see the district map and find your Council district. 

Apply Online

Stormwater Advisory Committee

The Stormwater Advisory Committee is an 11-member committee appointed from each of the 11 council districts. Applicants must resident in the district for which they are applying. The Committee serves as liaison between the Stormwater Department, County Council and citizens. Its role is to monitor trends in stormwater management and research, to analyze the Stormwater Department operations, and to guide Department policy.

Vacancies in these Districts

District 1 – Councilman Harold Worley

District 4 – Councilman Gary Loftus

District 7 – Councilman Orton Bellamy

District 8 – Councilman Johnny Vaught

Click here to see the district map and find your Council district. 

Apply Online

Zoning Board of Appeals

The Zoning Board of Appeals is a 9-member board consisting of 5 members residing east of the Waccamaw River and 4 members residing west of the Waccamaw River. Its functions are to hear and decide appeals where there may be an alleged error in a determination by the zoning administrator, appeals for variances from the requirements of the Zoning Ordinance, or decide special exceptions.

One Vacancy for a Member Residing WEST of the Waccamaw River

Apply Online


Partnering to Secure Grant Funding for Stormwater Projects in Horry County

After receiving a grant from SCDHEC in 2019, Horry County initiated a Socastee Creek Watershed Flood Risk and Mitigation Strategies Study with the goal of performing an updated assessment of flood hazards and risk and evaluating potential improvements and actions to mitigate flood risks.

One of the projects recommended by that study was flood benching on Socastee Creek. The proposed floodplain benching involves lowering the channel banks and adjacent overbanks to create a “bench” to provide additional area for flood waters to flow. Floodplain benching increases the flood carrying capacity of a channel corridor while still largely retaining the existing channel to carry base and smaller event flows. Based on the data gathered from the mitigation study, we anticipate this project will help mitigate future flooding in the Socastee and Forestbrook areas of Horry County.

Working together with our state partners, like Representative Heather Crawford, the County was able to secure funding from the state to move forward with the Socastee Creek flood benching project. County Councilmember Cam Crawford and Representative Heather Crawford stopped by today to present staff with the check.

Now that the project is fully funded, we anticipate work will begin in the near future. As more details are available, we will share them with you here. 



Update Regarding Certain Stormwater Fee Exemptions

Horry County has become aware of a 2009 amendment to state statute which may provide partial exemption to property owners of certain agricultural, forestlands and undeveloped parcels with respect to county stormwater fees. Staff are currently evaluating the effect of the amendment and within the next few months, the County will be in touch with those property owners that are affected. 

This process will not be completed prior to January 15, 2022 and will not change the current tax bills for county property owners. All taxpayers must still remit payment timely. 

We will provide further information as it becomes available. 



Horry County to Conduct Aerial Mosquito Spraying Thursday, October 14 and Friday, October 15, 2021

Update: The mosquito spraying in this area will continue today, weather permitting. Half of the area was sprayed yesterday on Thursday, October 14, 2021. The remainder is planned to be sprayed today, Friday, October 15.

Horry County will conduct aerial mosquito spraying on Thursday, October 14, 2021 in the Nichols area of Horry County with a make up day scheduled for Monday, October 18, 2021 if needed.

The area includes MW Stroud Road, Creek Landing Road, Jarrott Drive, and Worley Lane.

Aerial spraying will be conducted 30-minutes prior to sunset and 30-minutes after sunset, weather permitting. 

The chemicals used for mosquito control spraying are approved by the EPA and pose minimal risk to humans or animals. Individuals with asthma or other respiratory illness may wish to stay indoors and close windows and doors during spraying. In addition, homegrown fruits and vegetables should be washed, scrubbed, and/or peeled before eating.

To help keep our honeybee population safe, beekeepers are urged to contact Horry County Stormwater to identify the location of their colonies. You can submit the location of your hive online here.

In addition, citizens who need to request spraying in the unincorporated areas of Horry County (outside city limits) can contact the Horry County Road & Drainage Hotline at 843-381-8000 or by the online form found on our website.



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