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Mayor Hellyer’s Daily Update

July 3, 2020

  • South Carolina Cases: 41,413
  • South Carolina Deaths: 787**
  • Horry County Cases: 3,963**         ** denotes results (07/03/2020 2:00 PM)
  • 29575 Cases:  187 reported, 1149 estimated – 1336 Total Possible Cases (07/01/20 at 11:59 PM)

I have received numerous emails about mandating the wearing of facemasks.  I put this item on the agenda a couple of weeks ago.  The intent was to discuss the possibility of facemasks and how we should protect our residents and town employees.  The result of our discussion was that Town Council voted not to establish any further restrictions and that the Town Administrator should establish policies to protect our employees. With the rise in COVID-19 cases escalating at unprecedented rates, I will ask that this item be placed on the agenda for our next Town Council meeting.  I believe that establishing an ordinance will be problematic to enforce.  I believe that a better resolve would be that each person take responsibility for their own health and safety and be mindful of others. I encourage the businesses in Surfside Beach take the Grand Strand-Welcome Back Horry County pledge, which includes having employees wear facemasks.  We all have a stake in this, and we need to collectively work together to reduce the number of exposures.

Anyone interested in being appointed to the Grand Strand Water and Sewer Authority (GSWSA) Citizens Advisory Committee should complete an application on the SurfsideBeach.org website and submit it to the Town Clerk.  The current appointment expires on June 30, 2022.  Please consider applying.

The July 4th Golf Cart Parade is tomorrow.  The parade will start at 411 4th Avenue South at 1:00 PM, proceeding to Ocean Blvd, past Neal and Pam’s Grill and Bar (where the judges’ review will take place) and then to 16th Ave N.  Please join us for this event.  All the golf carts will be spaced apart and everyone is encouraged to practice social distancing. I look forward to seeing you all on this patriotic day.

As always – Please practice social distancing and take all the precautions to ensure your safety and health. Please wear a facemask when you are around others that you do not know.  Not only for your well-being, but also for others.  Please stay safe.

Your emails are important to me, so keep them coming. I can be reached at bhellyer@surfsidebeach.org and I will respond. That is what transparency is all about.   

Have a wonderful 4th of July Weekend ………. God Bless…… Mayor Bob Hellyer   /S/


Mayor Hellyer’s Daily Update

July 2, 2020

  • South Carolina Cases: 39,587
  • South Carolina Deaths: 777**
  • Horry County Cases: 3,727**         ** denotes results (07/02/2020 2:00 PM)
  • 29575 Cases:  165 reported, 1014 estimated – 1179 Total Possible Cases (06/30/20 at 11:59 PM)

Things have been moving very fast.  Last night at our Town Council Meeting it was decided by vote that the discussions with the engineer and architect would be in executive session.  We quickly found that executive session over the telephone was not secure.  There were several parties that dialed in during our conversation, and it was impossible to verify identities.

The discussion went very well.  There was some new information provided, and an explanation on why we must accept a bid in its entirety instead of separating the buildings out and only building the pier.  After this discussion, we returned to the Special Town Council Meeting.  A motion was made by Ms. Scoles to award the bid.  It was seconded and there was a brief discussion.  It was brought up that we had already set a meeting to award the bid for Friday at 5:00 PM (see yesterdays update).  One a motion is made and seconded, a vote must be taken.  This vote awarded the bid to Orion/FBI.  There is some controversy over this vote.  More to follow……

There are thousands of starfish washed up on the beach all along the coast.  Everyone should check out the beach at 3rd Ave N. What a pretty site.

Do not forget about the July 4th Golf Cart Parade.  The parade will start at 411 4th Avenue South at 1:00 PM.  It will proceed through town down to Ocean Blvd, past Neal and Pam’s (where judging will take place) and then proceed down to 16th Ave N.  Please join us for this event.  We will be practicing social distancing.  All golf carts will be spaced out.

We currently in need of a resident to be appointed to the GSWSA Citizens Advisory Committee.  Anyone interested should fill out an application on the town website and submit it to the Town Clerk.  This appointment will expire on June 30, 2022.  Please consider applying.

As always -- Practice social distancing and take precautions to ensure your safety and health. Stay safe.

Your emails are important to me, so keep them coming. I can be reached at bhellyer@surfsidebeach.org and I will respond. That is what transparency is all about.     

 

Be Safe ………. God Bless…… Mayor Bob Hellyer   /S/


Mayor Hellyer’s Daily Update

July 1, 2020

  • South Carolina Cases: 37,809
  • South Carolina Deaths: 759**
  • Horry County Cases: 3,547**         ** denotes results (07/01/2020 4:54 PM)
  • 29575 Cases:  153 reported, 940 estimated – 1093 Total Possible Cases (06/29/20 at 11:59 PM)

I apologize for not posting an update yesterday.  Town Council’s day started at 11:00 AM with the first of

three interviews with the contractors that submitted bids for the pier restoration project.  Three separate meetings were scheduled; at 11:00 Am, 2:00 PM and 4:00 PM. Needless to say, it was a long day and I did not have time to write the update.

The Town Council Meeting started with a discussion about whether the interviews with the bid candidates would be open to the public or conducted only in executive session. The bid candidates were informed that information given during their interview could not be guaranteed as being confidential and that if any question asked contained proprietary information, a written response could be submit later.  At each meeting, a motion was presented to conduct the interviews in executive session, and to allow the Pier Committee member to listen-in.  At each meeting, Ms. Scoles, Mr. Holder and Mr. Pellegrino voted yes to conduct the interview in executive session.  Ms. Keating and I voted no.  Each bid candidate was asked the same questions. I found the information to be very informative and provided more insight on how they proposed to manage the project, if awarded, and what they proposed could be a cost saving to the town in value engineering.  The architect and engineer of the proposed restoration project participated in each of the interviews by conference call.

Immediately after the last interview, Ms. Scoles made a motion for a special meeting for Thursday to vote to award the bid. In response, I stated that we had only heard from the bidders, and needed to discuss this information with the architect, engineer, and Pier Review Committee member in follow-up. In addition, I am not available Thursday (personal appointment). As a compromise, this meeting is scheduled today (Wednesday) at 5:00 PM.  It is possible (though I am not certain) that this meeting will be moved to executive session.

A second motion by Ms. Scoles was made to have another special meeting on Friday (July 3rd) to award the bid.  It was seconded by Mr. Holder.  The vote was three for yes (Ms. Scoles, Mr. Holder and Mr. Pellegrino) and two for no (Ms. Keating and me). More to come later this week.

As always -- Practice social distancing and take precautions to ensure your safety and health. Stay safe.

Your emails are important to me, so keep them coming. I can be reached at bhellyer@surfsidebeach.org and I will respond. That is what transparency is all about.     

 

Be Safe ………. God Bless…… Mayor Bob Hellyer   /S/

 


Mayor Hellyer’s Daily Update

June 30, 2020

  • South Carolina Cases: 336,297
  • South Carolina Deaths: 735**
  • Horry County Cases: 3,319**         ** denotes results (06/30/2020 2:30 PM)
  • 29575 Cases:  153 reported, 940 estimated – 193 Total Possible Cases (06/29/20 at 11:59 PM)

Due to all day Town Council Meetings…there will be no update today…….

I will fill you in on the details tomorrow…….

Please again, Practice social distancing and take precautions to ensure your safety and health.

Keep those emails coming. I can be reached at bhellyer@surfsidebeach.org and I will respond.

That is what transparency is all about.     

Be Safe ………. God Bless…… Mayor Bob Hellyer   /S/

 


Mayor Hellyer’s Daily Update

June 29, 2020

  • South Carolina Cases: 34,546
  • South Carolina Deaths: 717**
  • Horry County Cases: 3,150**         ** denotes results (06/29/2020 3:05 PM)
  • 29575 Cases:  145 reported, 891 estimated – 1,036 Total Possible Cases (06/27/20 at 11:59 PM)

It was a very good turnout for the Beach Sweep on Saturday.  One of the few activities that our residents can participate in that benefits everyone.  One more reason why our beaches are the best in the Grand Strand.  A special thank you to the committee members that work tirelessly to help keep our town beautiful.

Tuesday will be having a Special Town Council Meeting that will be held to interview the prospective bidders of the pier.  There will be three meetings in total held telephonically:

Consensus Construction – 11:00 AM   1-646-588-8656 Meeting ID: 984 3800 5418 Password:  114595

Orion/FBI Joint Venture – 2:00 PM  1-646-558-8656 Meeting ID: 971 6046 8906 Password: 372236

Cape Romain – 4:00 PM  1-646-558-8656 Meeting ID: 990 0395 3658 Password: 646486

A discussion will be held with Pier Bidding Representatives and stakeholders prior to a vote whether to adjourn into Executive Session.  Please take the time to be involved and keep informed.  This is one of the biggest contracts awarded by our town.  The choices that we make today will affect us all.

This Saturday is the 4th of July Golf Cart Parade at 1:00 PM.  Prizes will be awarded for the most patriotically decorated cart for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place. Please no political decorations, carts must complete the parade, no walking, water guns, water balloons, spray bottles tec. Line up begins at 12:30 pm July 4th at 411 Highway 17 South. I pm, the parade leaves the parking lot, continues down 4th Ave South to South Poplar Drive. Parade turns left onto Poplar Drive until it turns right on 3rd Ave South. Parade continues down 3rd Ave South until Ocean Blvd. Parade turns left (North) onto Ocean Blvd, continues to Neal and Pam's for judging. The parade will continue to 16th Ave North.  On Memorial Day we had 100 carts participate in the parade.  Let us see if we can beat that number. Will be a good time for all.

Please again, Practice social distancing and take precautions to ensure your safety and health.

Keep those emails coming. I can be reached at bhellyer@surfsidebeach.org and I will respond.

That is what transparency is all about.     

Be Safe ………. God Bless…… Mayor Bob Hellyer   /S/


Mayor Hellyer’s Daily Update

June 26, 2020

  • South Carolina Cases: 28,962
  • South Carolina Deaths: 691**
  • Horry County Cases: 2,495**         ** denotes results (06/25/2020 2:05 PM)
  • 29575 Cases:  102 reported, 627estimated – 729 Total Possible Cases (06/24/20 at 11:59 PM)

Well it is the close of another week.  Things have been moving right along.  The decision was made during the last Town Council Meeting to have a bidder’s conference where Council Members can ask both the engineers, architect, and bidders questions to properly vet the bids.  The meeting has been set up for Tuesday, June 30th.  The conference will be held at three separate times.  The question has come about that this meeting should be closed to the public and be held in executive session.  There are supporters on both sides of this issue.  I have asked the Town Attorney to provide legal advice on this matter.  I will provide further information on Monday.

Please join the Keep Surfside Beach Beautiful Committee for our Beach Sweep tomorrow.  Everybody should meet up at in the pier parking lot at 9:00.   The clean-up should only last about an hour.  Bags and gloves will be provided (or bring your own).  You can also enter for a chance to win a Pizza Hyena gift certificate.  I plan on attending and will be happy to answer any questions residents may have.

Also, remember that the 4th of July Golf Cart Parade at 1:00 PM.  Prizes will be awarded for the most patriotically decorated cart for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place. Please no political decorations, carts must complete the parade, no walking, water guns, water balloons, spray bottles tec. Line up begins at 12:30 pm July 4th at 411 Highway 17 South. I pm, the parade leaves the parking lot, continues down 4th Ave South to South Poplar Drive. Parade turns left onto Poplar Drive until it turns right on 3rd Ave South. Parade continues down 3rd Ave South until Ocean Blvd. Parade turns left (North) onto Ocean Blvd, continues to Neal and Pam's for judging. The parade will continue to 16th Ave North.  On Memorial Day we had 100 carts participate in the parade.  Let us see if we can beat that number. Will be a good time for all.

Please again, Practice social distancing and take precautions to ensure your safety and health.

Keep those emails coming. I can be reached at bhellyer@surfsidebeach.org and I will respond.

That is what transparency is all about.     

Have a great weekend.

Be Safe ………. God Bless…… Mayor Bob Hellyer   /S/

 


Mayor Hellyer’s Daily Update

June 25, 2020

  • South Carolina Cases: 28,962
  • South Carolina Deaths: 691**
  • Horry County Cases: 2,495**         ** denotes results (06/25/2020 2:05 PM)
  • 29575 Cases:  102 reported, 627estimated – 729 Total Possible Cases (06/24/20 at 11:59 PM)

Based on the feedback I have received in response to yesterdays posting, I will continue to publish the daily COVID-19 number from DHEC.

I was informed today that we will be having interviews between the engineer, architect, and the bidders next week.  This will give everyone a chance to ask questions and have a better understanding of the processes before voting.  I look forward to participating in this process.

I have had many questions about fireworks in Surfside Beach.  I had a discussion with the Police Chief the other day.  Firework are allowed in Surfside Beach only on the 4th of July.  They can only be used on the beach.  They must end by 11:00 PM.  If you have any further questions, contact Chief Hofmann.

Do not forget, the Keep Surfside Beach Beautiful Committee is again having a beach sweep this weekend. Please come to the Surfside Beach Pier this Saturday, June 27th, 9-10 AM.  Bags and gloves will be provided (or bring your own).  You can also enter for a chance to win a Pizza Hyena gift certificate.  I will be there if anyone would like to talk and ask questions.

Please again, check on your neighbors and be mindful of others while dealing with the current crisis.  Practice social distancing and take precautions to ensure your safety and health.

Keep those emails coming. I can be reached at bhellyer@surfsidebeach.org and I will respond.

That is what transparency is all about.

Be Safe ………. God Bless…… Mayor Bob Hellyer   /S/


 

Mayor Hellyer’s Daily Update

June 23, 2020

  • South Carolina Cases: 27,842
  • South Carolina Deaths: 683**
  • Horry County Cases: 2,370**         ** denotes results (06/24/2020 2:00 PM)
  • 29575 Cases:  100 reported, 614 estimated – 714 Total Possible Cases (06/23/20 at 11:59 PM)

I have been posting the DHEC statistics on my daily update since March 19, 2020.  On the first update, there were 60 cases reported in South Carolina with a total of 5 cases in Horry County. I am posting directly from the DHEC website and these figures are reported directly to the CDC. Recently, I received several emails suggesting that I should stop posting the COVID-19 daily figures.  I am accused of scaring people with this information.  As Mayor, I think it is important that everyone know the statistical data.  I do not impart my opinion on what these figures mean. The bottom line is that the figures continue to increase in South Carolina and, most importantly, in Horry County.  It is everyone’s duty to take care of themselves.

At last night’s Town Council Meeting, I added an item on the agenda to discuss COVID- 19.  We discussed the recent outbreak in Conway that has affected not only its Mayor but eight Conway government employees. Currently, the Conway government offices are open by appointment only. After our discussion on this matter, we decided that we do not need to take any action at this time.  It will be up to the Town Administrator to take further action if he deems such action as appropriate.  Our main purpose in this discussion is to protect the health and safety of our town employees and residents.

Also, last night, we discussed the pier.  I am glad to see that we will now be holding interviews with not only the engineers but also the bidders so that we may better understand this process.  As stated in the meeting last night, the decisions we make in the next couple of weeks will affect the budget (and possibly our taxes) in the future.  It is important that we do our due diligence to ensure our decisions are in the best interest of all.

Do not forget, the Keep Surfside Beach Beautiful Committee is again having a beach sweep this weekend. Please come to the Surfside Beach Pier this Saturday, June 27th, 9-10 AM.  Bags and gloves will be provided (or bring your own).  You can also enter for a chance to win a Pizza Hyena gift certificate.  I will be there if anyone would like to talk and ask questions.

Keep those emails coming. I can be reached at bhellyer@surfsidebeach.org and I will respond.

That is what transparency is all about.

Be Safe ………. God Bless…… Mayor Bob Hellyer   /S/


Mayor Hellyer’s Daily Update

June 23, 2020

  • South Carolina Cases: 26,572
  • South Carolina Deaths: 673**
  • Horry County Cases: 2,189**         ** denotes results (06/23/2020 2:03 PM)
  • 29575 Cases:  89 reported, 547 estimated – 636 Total Possible Cases (06/22/20 at 11:59 PM)

In the news today, “COVID 19 hospitalizations surging: community urged to take precautions to limit spread”.  We are asked to reinforce with our constituents the critical importance of following simple safety measures such as social distancing, practicing good hand hygiene, and wearing a face mask when around others.  Lives are at stake.

As COVID 19 numbers continue to increase, it is important that we take measures to protect our town employees and residents.  I will be requesting an emergency item to be placed on the agenda this evening to discuss possible measures to protect the health and safety of all.  This is not a call to shut everything down, or to ignore the science.  This is to have a discussion amongst Council to take measures for your health and safety.

At tonight’s Town Council Meeting, we will discuss the bids for the pier.  We will hopefully hear about the vetting process, and what it means borrow money for this project.  Remember, anything that we borrow, must be paid back.  Please join us, either in person, or telephonically to listen to your Town Council discuss these issues.  The result of bad decisions can result in a large dept for the town. It is imperative that we make good decisions so that we do not run into debt and have to increase taxes. Your input is very important.

On a brighter side, the Keep Surfside Beach Beautiful Committee is again having a beach sweep this weekend. Please join them this Saturday, June 27th, 9-10 AM, meet at the Surfside Pier.  Bags and gloves will be provided.  You can also enter for a chance to win a Pizza Hyena gift certificate.  See you there……

Keep those emails coming. I can be reached at bhellyer@surfsidebeach.org and I will respond.

That is what transparency is all about.

Be Safe ………. God Bless…… Mayor Bob Hellyer   /S/S


Mayor Hellyer’s Daily Update

June 22, 2020

  • South Carolina Cases: 25,666
  • South Carolina Deaths: 659**
  • Horry County Cases: 2,054**         ** denotes results (06/21/2020 12:00 PM)
  • 29575 Cases:  86 reported, 528 estimated – 614 Total Possible Cases (06/21/20 at 11:59 PM)

If you haven’t done so yet, please consider taking the pledge on the website to promote public safety as our town returns to open their businesses to visitors. You may have seen the website posted on several of the local social media sites at https://www.greatergrandstrandisopen.com  There is a section for businesses to pledge that they will follow the recommendations of the public health authorities to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19.  Visitors and residents can also make a pledge. The residents’ section include links to many resources. Please be mindful of what you do and where you go. Protect yourselves.

There is a lot to consider in awarding the bid for the building of the pier. The agenda for the Tuesday’s Town Council meeting will be discussing the pier bids. Most importantly, I’m mindful that decisions need to be made within the next 30 days. It’s imperative that we make good decisions so that we don’t run into debt and have to increase taxes. Your input is very important. Please plan to participate in the next meeting. Comments should be sent to the Town Clerk).

In keeping with the making of important decisions, we continue to have openings for several town committees: Atax Committee; Board of Construction Appeals; Keep Surfside Beach Beautiful;

Grand Strand Water & Sewer Advisor Board; Ralph Magliette Senior Citizen Committee; and the new Community Garden Committee. Complete an application on the surfsidebeach.org site for “committees” if you are interested. Have questions? Send me an email.

Keep those emails coming. I can be reached at bhellyer@surfsidebeach.org and I will respond.

That is what transparency is all about. Have a great weekend.

Be Safe ………. God Bless…… Mayor Bob Hellyer   /S/2


Mayor Hellyer’s Daily Update

June 19, 2020

  • South Carolina Cases: 22,608**
  • South Carolina Deaths: 639**
  • Horry County Cases: 1,697**         ** denotes results (06/19/2020 3:41 PM)
  • 29575 Cases: 67 reported, 412 estimated – 479 Total Possible Cases (06/18/20 at 11:59 PM)

I was told that the free testing at Inlet Square Mall had about 1,000 cars lined up at 9:30 AM.  People are taking advantage of the COVID-19 free testing and I expect that the number of positive cases reported will continue to rise. I have been working with other municipalities to develop ways to keep businesses, visitors and residents informed of the latest information. This includes a promise from businesses, visitors, and residents to follow the guidelines to protect the health, safety, and well-being of everyone.  Please go to greatergrandstrandisopen.com and take the promise.  You will also be able to see the businesses that have taken the promise to protect others.

We will be discussing the pier bid procedures and progress at the Town Council meeting on Tuesday. There is a lot to be considered in awarding the bid.  The future of our town will be affected by the decisions we make in the next couple of months.

Again, there are many of the town committees that have openings:

Atax Committee - 3 vacancies

Board of Construction Appeals – 2 vacancies – requires construction experience

Keep Surfside Beach Beautiful – 2 vacancies

Grand Strand Water & Sewer Advisor Board – 1 representative

Ralph Magliette Senior Citizen Committee – 1 vacancy

Community Garden Committee – numerous vacancies – new committee

Our town needs residents to participate in our committees.  The Council and I need your input to help us make decisions.  Positions on these committees are for a four-year term, but that does not mean that volunteers will be committed to the full length of the term.

Keep those emails coming. If you have a question, please email me at bhellyer@surfsidebeach.org and I will respond.

That is what transparency is all about. Have a great weekend.

Be Safe ………. God Bless…… Mayor Bob Hellyer   /S/


Mayor Hellyer’s Daily Update

June 18, 2020

  • South Carolina Cases: 21,533**
  • South Carolina Deaths: 621**
  • Horry County Cases: 1,560**         ** denotes results (06/18/2020 4:05 PM)
  • 29575 Cases: 60 reported, 369 estimated –429 Total Possible Cases (06/16/20 at 11:59 PM

We have many things going on with the pier.  We opened the bids last week.  We are still in the process of evaluating the bids to select the best candidate.  With everything going on with the pier, we are still in negotiations with ARG for a lease agreement.  We have selected a Pier Review Committee which consisted of two people, one has resigned.  With that being said, we will continue to keep the best interest of the residents in mind while making decisions.

There are also many of the town committees that have opening:

Atax Committee - 3 vacancies

Board of Construction Appeals – 2 vacancies – requires construction experience

Keep Surfside Beach Beautiful – 2 vacancies

Grand Strand Water & Sewer Advisor Board – 1 representative

Ralph Magliette Senior Citizen Committee – 1 vacancy

Community Garden Committee – numerous vacancies – new committee

Our town needs residents to participate in our committees.  This is the best way to have additional Input. Town Council needs input from the community to help make decisions.  Please consider volunteering for a committee and become involved.

Do not forget that there is free COVID-19 testing given by Tidelands Health tomorrow at Inlet Square Mall in Murrells Inlet from 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM.  The address is 10125 Highway 17 Bypass, Murrells Inlet, SC  29576.

Keep those emails coming. If you have a question, please email me at bhellyer@surfsidebeach.org and I will respond.

That is what transparency is all about.

Be Safe ………. God Bless…… Mayor Bob Hellyer   /S/


Mayor Hellyer’s Daily Update

June 17, 2020

  • South Carolina Cases: 20,551**
  • South Carolina Deaths: 617**
  • Horry County Cases: 1,417**         ** denotes results (06/16/2020 3:02 PM)
  • 29575 Cases: 48 reported, 295 estimated –343 Total Possible Cases (06/15/20 at 11:59 PM

While the numbers keep increasing, it is even more important for each person to be proactive in your own protection against COVID-19. Please practice social-distancing and take precautions to insure your personal health and safety.

I have had several inquiries about how our town has not addressed the ongoing protest for equal rights for people of color.  Our town does not have the same problems that other communities have.  This does not mean that we are not proactive in addressing current issues.  Since the major incident, a couple of weeks ago, our police department has been reviewing the towns policies on the “use of force”.  The state of South Carolina does not teach or allow choke holds by police.  Our department has issued a “Duty to Intervene” policy in the interim to require any police officer who sees another officer using excessive force, to intervene to stop these actions. Surfside Beach has a very low incident rate for the use of force.  Our police force is trained to treat all citizens with respect, regardless of their race or color.

Today was the launch of the new website to promote public safety as we open our businesses to visitors. The website is: https://www.greatergrandstrandisopen.com  There is a section for businesses to take a pledge to follow the recommendations of the public health authorities to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19.  There is also a pledge for visitors and one for residents. Please look at the residents’ section, there are many resources on that page.

Keep those emails coming. If you have a question, please email me at bhellyer@surfsidebeach.org and I will respond.

That is what transparency is all about.

Be Safe ………. God Bless…… Mayor Bob Hellyer   /S/


Mayor Hellyer’s Daily Update

June 16, 2020

  • South Carolina Cases: 19,990**
  • South Carolina Deaths: 607**
  • Horry County Cases: 1,297**         ** denotes results (06/16/2020 3:02 PM)
  • 29575 Cases: 48 reported, 295 estimated –343 Total Possible Cases (06/15/20 at 11:59 PM)

I have received numerous emails asking me to explain the rise in COVID-19 cases, and what this means.

I will have to do a little research, but I do not think I am qualified to give advice on this matter.  I will attempt to research a qualified source and provide readers with a link so they can formulate their own conclusion.

As stated yesterday, the 3rd Ave N bathrooms are now open for service.  Please do your part in keeping this area as clean as possible.

There was a workshop today addressing Chapter 17 to the Town Ordinances.  Many issues were discussed.  It was decided after documenting our concerns, that this be sent back to the Planning Commission for further review and recommendation.  Any resident with input or comments should keep and eye on the future meeting schedule.

There was also an executive session today.  There was no action taken during this session.

Please practice social-distancing and take precautions to insure your personal health and safety.

Keep those emails coming. If you have a question, please email me at bhellyer@surfsidebeach.org and I will respond.

That is what transparency is all about.

Be Safe ………. God Bless…… Mayor Bob Hellyer   /S/

 


Mayor Hellyer’s Daily Update

June 15, 2020

  • South Carolina Cases: 19,378**
  • South Carolina Deaths: 602**
  • Horry County Cases: 1,194**         ** denotes results (06/11/2020 4:00 PM)
  • 29575 Cases: 40 reported, 246 estimated – 286 Total Possible Cases (06/13/20 at 11:59 PM)

I have been informed that Surfside Beach had its first loggerhead nest of the season.  It is located just south of the 13th Ave S beach access.  As you can see in the picture, it is marked, as per DNR guidelines, with appropriate signage and are federally protected. Please stay clear of this area.  She had 140 eggs and hopefully they will hatch successfully.

The new bathrooms at 3rd Ave N are now open for use.

There will be a workshop tomorrow morning at 10:00 AM in Town Council Chambers.  Public access for this meeting will be limited to 18 visitors.  This is to review and discuss the proposed changes that were introduced in our January Town Council Meeting.  The agenda is posted online, along with a number that can be used to access the meeting telephonically.  Public Comments may be submitted and read during the meeting.

There has been a sharp increase in the daily number of COVID-19 cases in our area.  Please practice social-distancing and take precautions to insure your personal health and safety.

Keep those emails coming. If you have a question, please email me at bhellyer@surfsidebeach.org and I will respond.

That is what transparency is all about.

Be Safe ………. God Bless…… Mayor Bob Hellyer   /S/

 


Mayor Hellyer’s Daily Update

June 12, 2020

  • South Carolina Cases: 16,441**
  • South Carolina Deaths: 588**
  • Horry County Cases: 849**         ** denotes results (06/11/2020 4:00 PM)
  • 29575 Cases: 28 reported, 172 estimated – 200 Total Possible Cases (06/10/20 at 11:59 PM)

I have had several people ask me about the significance in the cases reported by zip code.  Here are a few facts from DHEC that might help explain.  The zip code includes all people that are in that zip code.  In our case, zip code 29575 includes everyone from the ocean to 17 Bypass, and Glenns Bay Rd to Dick Pond Rd.  The reported cases are those that have been confirmed by a laboratory, but it does not represent every case of COVID-19.  Estimated cases are calculated based on evidence that for every known case of COVID-19, there could be up to 9 people with the virus who remain unidentified in the community. The state is moving from a containment strategy to a disease mitigation strategy, there is less focus on the number on individual cases in an area and more focus on limiting the overall spread throughout the state.  Therefore, it is important that everyone take seriously the recommended precautions for protecting against the disease.

There has been quite a bit of misinformation about the cats in our town.  A couple of weeks ago, a post stated that Town Council had ordered the Police Department to kill all the cats at the 4th Ave S beach access. That statement was false.  I then spoke with the Police Chief who explained that he had a complaint from a property owner.  I then reached out to the property owner, the lady that currently feeds the cats and heard each side of the story.  Knowing that each side was not going to budge on their convictions, I decided that perhaps bringing the two sides together might help for them to mediate a solution to the problem.  I asked Councilman Drake if he would volunteer to put this meeting together.  One Tuesday, June 9th we had a meeting.  There were several people in attendance, including the Chief of Police, myself, Councilman Drake, a representative from the Bikini Beach Rescue, the woman that currently feeds the cats, and an attorney.  The private property owners were not in attendance.  There was a discussion about the situation.  All stakeholders were informed that this was a meeting for them to work out a solution, and if this could not be done, it would be brought up before Council. Somewhere between that meeting and today, the cats are being relocated by their caretakers.  Town Council was not involved in ordering the removal of these cats.  My intention was to have each stakeholder take possession of the problem and work out their own solution. As always, if anyone has a question about this or wants to know more information, please email me, and ask.

Keep those emails coming. If you have a question, please email me at bhellyer@surfsidebeach.org and I will respond.

That is what transparency is all about.

Be Safe ………. God Bless…… Have a good weekend…….. Mayor Bob Hellyer   /S/


Mayor Hellyer’s Daily Update

June 10, 2020

  • South Carolina Cases: 16,441**
  • South Carolina Deaths: 588**
  • Horry County Cases: 849**         ** denotes results (06/11/2020 4:00 PM)
  • 29575 Cases: 28 reported, 172 estimated – 200 Total Possible Cases (06/09/20 at 11:59 PM)

Today at 2:00 PM was the opening of the bids for the pier.  There was a total of three companies

that bid for the contract. While most of the bids were around 14 to 16 million dollars, there are a lot of variables to consider.  The engineers, architects and the pier review committee will be looking closely at the bids to make a recommendation to Town Council.  This process will take approximately 30 days to complete.  If all goes as planned, and we can afford this project, the bid will be approved by Council and construction can start around the end of August.

Do not forget that free COVID-19 testing is being conducted throughout Horry County.  These are drive-thru testing sites, you will not leave your car to be tested.  See below:

Upcoming clinic schedule:

  • Saturday, June 13, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Myrtle Beach Pelicans Stadium, 1251 21st Avenue North, Myrtle Beach
  • Friday, June 19, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Inlet Square Mall, 10125 Highway 17 Bypass, Murrells Inlet
  • Wednesday, June 24, noon-6 p.m., Tidelands Health Rehabilitation Hospital, an affiliate of Encompass Health, 100 Water Grande Blvd., Little River
  • Friday, June 26, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Coastal Carolina University, 100 Chanticleer Drive, Conway

We are working on the 4th of July golf cart parade.  The logistics of the parade are still in the planning stages.  We hope that this parade will top the 100 golf carts that participated in the Memorial Day parade.  There will be no water guns or water balloons allowed in the parade.

Keep those emails coming. If you have a question, please email me at bhellyer@surfsidebeach.org and I will respond.

That is what transparency is all about.

Be Safe ………. God Bless……  Mayor Bob Hellyer   /S/


Mayor Hellyer’s Daily Update

June 10, 2020

  • South Carolina Cases: 16,441**
  • South Carolina Deaths: 588**
  • Horry County Cases: 849**         ** denotes results (06/11/2020 4:00 PM)
  • 29575 Cases: 28 reported, 172 estimated – 200 Total Possible Cases (06/09/20 at 11:59 PM)

Today at 2:00 PM was the opening of the bids for the pier.  There was a total of three companies

that bid for the contract. While most of the bids were around 14 to 16 million dollars, there are a lot of variables to consider.  The engineers, architects and the pier review committee will be looking closely at the bids to make a recommendation to Town Council.  This process will take approximately 30 days to complete.  If all goes as planned, and we can afford this project, the bid will be approved by Council and construction can start around the end of August.

Do not forget that free COVID-19 testing is being conducted throughout Horry County.  These are drive-thru testing sites, you will not leave your car to be tested.  See below:

Upcoming clinic schedule:

  • Saturday, June 13, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Myrtle Beach Pelicans Stadium, 1251 21st Avenue North, Myrtle Beach
  • Friday, June 19, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Inlet Square Mall, 10125 Highway 17 Bypass, Murrells Inlet
  • Wednesday, June 24, noon-6 p.m., Tidelands Health Rehabilitation Hospital, an affiliate of Encompass Health, 100 Water Grande Blvd., Little River
  • Friday, June 26, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Coastal Carolina University, 100 Chanticleer Drive, Conway

We are working on the 4th of July golf cart parade.  The logistics of the parade are still in the planning stages.  We hope that this parade will top the 100 golf carts that participated in the Memorial Day parade.  There will be no water guns or water balloons allowed in the parade.

Keep those emails coming. If you have a question, please email me at bhellyer@surfsidebeach.org and I will respond.

That is what transparency is all about.

Be Safe ………. God Bless……  Mayor Bob Hellyer   /S/


Mayor Hellyer’s Daily Update

June 10, 2020

  • South Carolina Cases: 15,759**
  • South Carolina Deaths: 575**
  • Horry County Cases: 803**         ** denotes results (06/10/2020 4:15 PM)
  • 29575 Cases: 24 reported, 147 estimated – 171 Total Possible Cases (06/08/20 at 11:59 PM)

In response to Horry County’s designation as a COVID-19 hot spot, testing capacity at Saturday’s free community clinic in Myrtle Beach has been increased by 50 percent.

Saturday's testing clinic, offered through a partnership between Tidelands Health and South Carolina DHEC, is open to everyone, and pre-screening is not required. Participants under 18 years of age must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian to give consent for testing.

Individuals interested in being tested simply drive up and remain in their car throughout the process. For everyone's safety, those attending must remain in their car. No restrooms are available on site.

Upcoming clinic schedule:

  • Saturday, June 13, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Myrtle Beach Pelicans Stadium, 1251 21st Avenue North, Myrtle Beach
  • Friday, June 19, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Inlet Square Mall, 10125 Highway 17 Bypass, Murrells Inlet
  • Wednesday, June 24, noon-6 p.m., Tidelands Health Rehabilitation Hospital, an affiliate of Encompass Health, 100 Water Grande Blvd., Little River
  • Friday, June 26, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Coastal Carolina University, 100 Chanticleer Drive, Conway

At last night’s Town Council Meeting, it was decided to reconsider having a July 4th event.  Since we

still need to maintain social distancing, we will he having a golf cart parade. Everyone should start thinking about decorating their golf cart now.    Details on the event will be coming out shortly.

Tomorrow, June 11th at 2:00 PM, we will be having the pier bid openings in Town Council Chambers.  Attendance to this event will be limited to bidders and only of few members of the public due to

social distancing practices. This meeting will be available to all telephonically.  Call 1 (571) 317-3116,

Access Code: 235-876-413 to listen.

Keep those emails coming. If you have a question, please email me at bhellyer@surfsidebeach.org and I will respond.

That is what transparency is all about.

Be Safe ………. God Bless……  Mayor Bob Hellyer   /S/


Mayor Hellyer’s Daily Update

June 9, 2020

  • South Carolina Cases: 15,228**
  • South Carolina Deaths: 568**
  • Horry County Cases: 720**         ** denotes results (06/092020 4:20 PM)
  • 29575 Cases: 24 reported, 147 estimated – 171 Total Possible Cases (06/08/20 at 11:59 PM)

Tonight, is the Regular Town Council Meeting at 6:30. Council Chamber seating is limited to 18 residents.  You may call in at 1 (312) 757-3117.  The Access Code is 874-030-941.  We will be discussing several matters including a public hearing on the 2020-2021 Fiscal Year Municipal Budget to set the tax millage for the fiscal year. We will be discussing the golf cart paths on Rt 17 Business, the status of the Parking Committee, Community Garden, and Sunday Serenades. Please join us.

For those that have volunteered for the Parking Committee and Pier Review Committee, we will be discussing appointments during our executive session.

Also, on the agenda tonight is a discussion about the 4th of July.

Here in Surfside Beach, we are truly thankful that we have had no demonstrations or civil unrest as a result the current events.  Our town has always treated all people with respect and equality.

On Thursday, June 11th at 2:00 PM, we will be having the pier bid openings in Town Council Chambers.  Attendance to this event will be limited to bidders and only of few members of the public due to social distancing practices.

Keep those emails coming. If you have a question, please email me at bhellyer@surfsidebeach.org and I will respond.

That is what transparency is all about.

Be Safe ………. God Bless……  Mayor Bob Hellyer   /S/


Mayor Hellyer’s Daily Update

June 4, 2020

  • South Carolina Cases: 14,800**
  • South Carolina Deaths: 557**
  • Horry County Cases: 676**         ** denotes results (06/04/2020 3:15 PM)
  • 29575 Cases: 24 reported, 147 estimated – 171 Total Possible Cases (06/07/20 at 11:59 PM)

Tonight is the Board of Zoning Appeals meeting this Monday, June 8th at 6:30 PM

Appeal No ZA2020-02 requesting approval to install a platform lift within the required rear setback   requirements.  The owner requests the platform lift be within 5 ft of the rear property line.

The agenda:  http://www.surfsidebeach.org/Data/Sites/1/media/committees/board-of-zoning-appeals/2020/0608/06.08.20-bza-package.pdf

At Tuesday’s Town Council Meeting we will be reviewing applications for the Pier Committee and Parking Committee.  If you are interested in being on one of those committees, please apply by tomorrow at 3:30.

We will be addressing the budget during our meeting tomorrow.  The current plan is not to raise

taxes this year.  Many thanks to our finance department for keeping things conservative.

You can see that they are aggressively working on the golf cart path to allow carts to go both across and onto Platt Rd.  This path will allow carts from Surfside Beach to cross at 5th Ave N and travel down the frontage Rd. to Laser Pizza, Ultimate California Pizza and Harbor Freight.

Our beaches were full again this weekend.  Most people seemed to be socially responsible and activity about our businesses seemed to be thriving.  Please help support our local businesses.

Keep those emails coming. If you have a question, please email me at bhellyer@surfsidebeach.org and I will respond.

That is what transparency is all about.

Be Safe ………. God Bless……  Mayor Bob Hellyer   /S/


Mayor Hellyer’s Daily Update

June 4, 2020

  • South Carolina Cases: 13,005**
  • South Carolina Deaths: 525**
  • Horry County Cases: 506**         ** denotes results (06/04/2020 3:15 PM)
  • 29575 Cases: 22 reported, 135 estimated – 157 Total Possible Cases (06/03/20 at 11:59 PM)

My apologies for not mentioning yesterday:

Board of Zoning Appeals meeting this Monday, June 8th at 6:30 PM

Appeal No ZA2020-02 requesting approval to install a platform lift within the required rear setback   requirements.  The owner requests the platform lift be within 5 ft of the rear property line.

The agenda:  http://www.surfsidebeach.org/Data/Sites/1/media/committees/board-of-zoning-appeals/2020/0608/06.08.20-bza-package.pdf 

There are a lot of things on the agenda for Tuesdays Council Meeting.  We will be discussing possibly having a 4th of July celebration, a community garden, and discussing Sunday Serenades.

We will also continue working on the budget, (hopefully with no increase in the millage rate).

Please note that the ReFuel gas station at Platt Rd and 17 Bus. Is open for business.

We still need qualified applicants to volunteer for our pier committee.  Bids are to be opened on June 11th.  Appointments should be made during executive session during the Council Meeting next Tuesday. 

See the town website under Pier Review Committee for qualifications.

Surfside Beach welcomes our visitors.  Please remember to practice social distancing and be respectful of others.  Enjoy and have a great time…….

Keep those emails coming. If you have a question, please email me at bhellyer@surfsidebeach.org and I will respond. That is what transparency is all about.

Be Safe ………. God Bless……  Mayor Bob Hellyer   /S/


Mayor Hellyer’s Daily Update

June 4, 2020

  • South Carolina Cases: 13,005**
  • South Carolina Deaths: 525**
  • Horry County Cases: 506**         ** denotes results (06/04/2020 3:15 PM)
  • 29575 Cases: 22 reported, 135 estimated – 157 Total Possible Cases (06/03/20 at 11:59 PM)

As a follow-up to the construction on Rt 17 Business. Chief Hoffman, Councilman Drake and I met with the owner of Plantation Resort today.  Plantation Resort has agreed to give golf carts temporary access to Platt Rd. through their property.  This agreement will expire on June 18th.  SCDOT has stated that they should have the new golf cart trail completed by that date.  The police department is puttinga traffic sign on the frontage road to inform all cars that it is illegal for anyone other than quests to enter  onto their property (golf carts excluded).  Signs will be posted at the entrance to their property and violators are subject to being charged with trespassing. Our town has worked hard to provide access to the beach for everyone.  Please respect the property owners and the law as this situation gets resolved.

Please be advised of the following public hearings:

June 9, 2020, in Council Chambers to hear public comments on Ordinance #20-0223 to set the fiscal year 2020-2021 Tax Millage and to hold the first reading of Ordinance # 20-0223 at 6:30 PM.

June 16, 2020, in Council Chambers to discuss Chapter 17 of the Zoning Code at 10:00 AM

June 29, 2020 in Council Chambers to discuss Communication at 10:00 AM.

July 20, 2020 in Council Chambers to discuss Chapter 2 of the Administrative Code at 10:00 AM.

Again, we need qualified applicants to volunteer for our pier committee.  Bid are to be opened on June 11th.  Appointments should be made during executive session during the Council Meeting next Tuesday.

Qualifications:  The primary members need to have experience with major construction projects, marine construction preferred; a working knowledge of the technical and commercial specifications being required for this project, and/or experience with bid evaluations and commercial contracts.  Members cannot have any affiliation with bidding or performing contracting or being a sub-contractor of the pier project.

Please check on your neighbors and maintain social distancing to insure everyone’s safety and health.

Keep those emails coming. If you have a question, please email me at bhellyer@surfsidebeach.org and I will respond. That is what transparency is all about.

Be Safe ………. God Bless……  Mayor Bob Hellyer   /S/

 


Mayor Hellyer’s Daily Update

June 3, 2020

  • South Carolina Cases: 12,651
  • South Carolina Deaths: 518**
  • Horry County Cases: 489**         ** denotes results (06/03/2020 3:45 PM)
  • 29575 Cases: 22 reported, 135 estimated – 157 Total Possible Cases (06/02/20 at 11:59 PM)

My apologies for not having a daily update yesterday, June 2, 2020.  I had internet problems.

Next Thursday will be the opening of the closed bids for our pier.  We will then begin the process of vetting the applicants for the contract.  Town Council approved the forming of an independent pier review committee.  The qualifications are as follows:

Qualifications:  The primary members need to have experience with major construction projects, marine construction preferred; a working knowledge of the technical and commercial specifications being required for this project, and/or experience with bid evaluations and commercial contracts.  Members cannot have any affiliation with bidding or performing contracting or being a sub-contractor of the pier project.

Applications for the pier review committee will be reviewed and hopefully appointed at our next Town Council meeting on Tuesday, June 9, 2020. If you are qualified, please consider joining this committee.

I have received many complaints from the residents of Deerfield Plantation. The new 17 Business construction at Platt Rd. has eliminated the ability of golf carts to return home from the beach.  Citizens of Deerfield are violating the law by traveling against a one-way and do not enter sign or cutting across private property against the wishes of the landowners.   I met with Chief Hoffman, Councilman Drake, and Derrick Tindal from SCDOT today at Platt Rd.  Mr. Tindal informed us that they have modified the plans to include a golf cart trail on both sides of Platt Rd.  Mr. Tindal has also asked for additional help to expedite this plan.  We are told that it will take at least a couple of weeks.  Chief Hoffman and I both are attempting to work out a temporary patch in the interim.  My suggestion until this happens is to use your car until the trail is completed.  Please always obey the laws.  I will report more information as it becomes available.  Chief Hoffman has agreed to post the proposed golf cart plan on the Town Police Department Website.  I want to thank everyone that as worked together on this initiative.

Our business community needs your support.  While we are gradually getting back to normal, it is important to help everyone while being mindful of our personal health and safety.

Keep those emails coming. If you have a question, please email me at bhellyer@surfsidebeach.org and I will respond. That is what transparency is all about.

Be Safe ………. God Bless……  Mayor Bob Hellyer   /S/


June 2, 2020

Due to technical difficulties, there will not be an update from the Mayor Today.

Be sure to check in tomorrow.


Mayor Hellyer’s Daily Update

May 29, 2020

  • South Carolina Cases: 11,131**
  • South Carolina Deaths: 483**
  • Horry County Cases: 410**         ** denotes results as of 05/29/20 3:40 PM
  • 29575 Cases: 16 reported, 98 estimated – 114 Total Possible Cases (as of 05/28/20 at 11:59 PM)

Do not forget that Keep Surfside Beach Beautiful (KSSB) will be having a beach sweep this weekend to

walk the beach and pick up trash. This is a great time to take a walk with your neighbors, and at the same time, do something to help our town Join me at 9:00 AM at the pier.  I will also stick around afterwards to talk and answer any questions.  

Last Wednesday morning we had a budget workshop.  Diana King did a great job in keeping our budget conservative.  We will be tightening up our purse strings and will re-assess if things improve.  Many thanks to all the Directors who pitched in to keep expenses down in the next fiscal year.

Let us support our local businesses. They serve a very important role in our town.  Everyone has experienced losses during this time of emergency.  Let’s move forward and help everyone recover while maintaining our health and safety.

Keep those emails coming. If you have a question, please email me at bhellyer@surfsidebeach.org and I will respond. That is what transparency is all about.

Have a great weekend…… I will see you at the beach sweep tomorrow…….

Be Safe ………. God Bless……  Mayor Bob Hellyer   /S/


Mayor Hellyer’s Daily Update

May 28, 2020

  • South Carolina Cases: 10,788**
  • South Carolina Deaths: 470**
  • Horry County Cases: 395**         ** denotes results as of 05/27/20 4:03 PM
  • 29575 Cases: 16 reported, 98 estimated – 114 Total Possible Cases (as of 05/27/20 at 11:59 PM)

I know everyone has been waiting and wondering when the Golden Kitchen will open on Surfside Drive.

Well, I saw today that they are open. We welcome them to Surfside.

Also, I was told by the General Manager of the ReFuel gas station at Platt Blvd and 17 Business that they will have a soft opening on June 3.

Do not forget that Keep Surfside Beach Beautiful (KSSB) will be having a beach sweep this weekend to walk the beach and pick up trash. This is a great time to take a walk with your neighbors, and at the same time, do something to help our town.  I will be there if anyone has any questions.

I appreciate the emails that I receive from residents.  I have tried to answer most emails.  There has been some very constructive criticism, as well as several problems that we have been able to address.

I am always open for suggestions.

If you have a question, please email me at bhellyer@surfsidebeach.org and I will respond. That is what transparency is all about.

Be Safe ………. God Bless……  Mayor Bob Hellyer   /S/


Mayor Hellyer’s Daily Update

May 27, 2020

  • South Carolina Cases: 10,623**
  • South Carolina Deaths: 466**
  • Horry County Cases: 392**         ** denotes results as of 05/27/20 4:03 PM
  • 29575 Cases: 16 reported, 98 estimated – 114 Total Possible Cases (as of 05/26/20 at 11:59 PM)

As I had stated in my earlier update, there are many sites being made available for free testing.  The testing clinics are free and open to all individuals. Pre-screening is not required. Individuals under 18 years of age must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian to give consent for testing. Participants simply drive up to be tested and remain in their car throughout the process.

Schedule of confirmed clinics:

  • Saturday, May 30, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Myrtle Beach Pelicans Stadium, 1251 21st Avenue North, Myrtle Beach
  • Thursday, June 4, 1-4 p.m., Tidelands Health Family Medicine at Holmestown Road, 4320 Holmestown Road, Myrtle Beach
  • Friday, June 5, 2-6 p.m., Tidelands Georgetown Memorial Hospital, 606 Black River Road, Georgetown
  • Thursday, June 11, 1-4 p.m., Tidelands Health Family Medicine at Holmestown Road, 4320 Holmestown Road, Myrtle Beach
  • Wednesday, June 17, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Belin United Methodist Church, 4182 Highway 17 Business, Murrells Inlet
  • Wednesday, June 24, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Tidelands Health Rehabilitation Hospital, an affiliate of Encompass Health, 100 Water Grande Blvd., Little River
  • Thursday, June 25, 1-4 p.m., Tidelands Health Family Medicine at Holmestown Road, Myrtle Beach
  • Friday, June 26, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Coastal Carolina University, 100 Chanticleer Drive, Conway

I must apologize for the technical problems with last nights telephone conference for the Town Council Meeting.  I asked the Town Clerk to mute her microphone because of feedback, not knowing that it would mute everyone in attendance.  This problem will be corrected for future meetings.

The budget workshop was held this morning.  The proposed budget is very conservative.  All services will remain the same with no tax increase proposed at this time.

If you have a question, please email me at bhellyer@surfsidebeach.org and I will respond. That is what transparency is all about.

Be Safe ………. God Bless……  Mayor Bob Hellyer   /S/

 


Mayor Hellyer’s Daily Update

May 22, 2020

  • South Carolina Cases: 10,416**
  • South Carolina Deaths: 446**
  • Horry County Cases: 382**         ** denotes results as of 05/26/20 4:18 PM
  • 29575 Cases: 16 reported, 98 estimated – 114 Total Possible Cases (as of 05/25/20 at 11:59 PM)

WOW! … What a great weekend… The Memorial Day Parade was a huge success.  There were 100 golf carts participating, and everyone had a great time.  The weather was gorgeous. We all practiced social distancing (all carts were carefully distanced).  The patriotic decorations of the carts were amazing.  WE HAVE GREAT TOWN SPIRIT!  Everybody seemed to have a good time. Thank you.

Monday was the Memorial Day Service in Memorial Park.  Chief Mike Frederick of the SC Public Service Authority Law Enforcement Division gave us a special message of the need to give ourselves time to reflect and respect those who did not return from the service to our county.  Our town is special, having a special place for those friends and family can go and honor our veterans.

Today was the first week of the Surfside Beach Farmers Market in Memorial Park.  We saw a lot of folks. The market was abiding by the rules set forth.  Please remember that the market is set-up directional, so you travel in the same direction to assure with social distancing. The Farmers Market will continue until October 27th.

Tonight, we will be having the Town Council Meeting in Council Chambers.  With the social distancing restrictions, public attendance will be limited to only 18 attendees from the public. The meeting will be available with a call-in telephone number to listen. The telephone number is 1-(647) 749-3129 and the access code is: 154-166-285.

Tomorrow is the Town Council Budget Workshop at 10:00 AM.  Again, there is limited seating, but this meeting will also be available for all to call in and listen.  The telephone number is 1 (571) 317-2129 and the access code is: 495-584-581.

Our town was very crowded this weekend with visitors.  Many thanks to all the town employees who worked tirelessly to maintain order and ensure our safety. 

With all the events that took place over the weekend and participation of the residents, this is the reason that we all love this town. 

If you have a question, please email me at bhellyer@surfsidebeach.org and I will respond. That is what transparency is all about.

Be Safe ………. God Bless……  Mayor Bob Hellyer   /S/

 


 

Mayor Hellyer’s Daily Update

May 22, 2020

  • South Carolina Cases: 9,638**
  • South Carolina Deaths: 419**
  • Horry County Cases: 359**         ** denotes results as of 05/22/20 4:00 PM
  • 29575 Cases: 16 reported, 98 estimated – 114 Total Possible Cases (as of 05/20/20 at 11:59 PM)

Today I spent the afternoon on the beach with “Jim” (one of our Beach Ambassadors). I was given a full

tour of the beach from Melody Lane to 17th Ave N.  I was amazing to see all the people on the beach enjoying themselves.  Most of the people that we spoke with are second homeowners who have come to the beach for the weekend because their weekly rentals had cancelled.  It was refreshing to hear all the positive comments about our town.  People have been coming here for years and most are looking forward to retiring here. I commend the Beach Ambassadors for the great job they do keeping our beaches safe and interacting with our visitors in a positive manner. I look forward to another ride-along in the future.

After speaking with Chief Hofmann, I was told that the occupancy rates this weekend at our motels is relatively high.  With a combination of bikers, tourists, and events taking place over the next few days, we all need to exercise caution in maintaining our social distancing and wearing face masks when appropriate. Let’s keep washing our hands!

There are so many goings-on in Surfside Beach this week, as follows:

Sunday, May 24th – Memorial Day Golf Cart Parade – Starts at 1:00 PM. No pre-registration needed. All cart will line up at 16th Ave N. and parade will proceed down Ocean Blvd to Melody Lane.

Monday, May 25th – Memorial Service at Memorial Park – Starts at 2:00 PM. Service to thank those who have guarded our freedom and peace in this beloved country.

Tuesday, Mary 26th – Farmers Market at Memorial Park – 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM. The Farmers Market will be here every Tuesday until October 2nd.

Tuesday May 26th – Town Council Meeting at 6:30 PM.  Will be held in Council Chambers and also available via telephone.

Wednesday May 27th – Budget Workshop in Council Chambers at 10:00 AM.

If you have a question, please email me at bhellyer@surfsidebeach.org and I will respond. That is what transparency is all about.

Be Safe ……. Have a Great Weekend………. God Bless……  Mayor Bob Hellyer   /S/


Mayor Hellyer’s Daily Update

May 21, 2020

  • South Carolina Cases: 9,175**
  • South Carolina Deaths: 407**
  • Horry County Cases: 314**         ** denotes results as of 05/20/20 5:55 PM
  • 29575 Cases: 15 reported, 92 estimated – 107 Total Possible Cases (as of 05/19/20 at 11:59 PM)

As a follow-up to my post the other day about COVID-19 testing, the state is setting up testing sites throughout the state to test for COVID-19.   These tests will be free to everyone.  There will be 20 sites alone in Horry County.  The goal is to test 2% of the population of South Carolina by the end of June.

I will post the test sites as they become available.

This weekend is projected to be full of tourists.  Please practice social distancing and take steps to protect your health and well-being.  There are many events taking place this weekend.

Do not forget the Memorial Day Golf Cart Parade on Sunday, May 24th at 1:00.  Golf cart participants do not have to pre-register.  Just show up at Ocean Blvd and 16th Ave N.  The parade will proceed down Ocean Blvd and end at Melody Lane.  Make sure your golf carts are decorated with a patriotic theme. See you there.

Also, on Monday, May 25th at 2:00, there will be a Memorial Service at Memorial Park.  We will be honoring those that have served our country.  The Memorial Service will last approximately 45 minutes.

Tuesday, May 26th at 6:30 PM will the Town Council Meeting.  Seating will only be available to 18 residents, so get there early.

Wednesday, May 27th at 10:00 AM there will be a workshop to discuss the proposed 2020-2021 Municipal Budget.

Please contact me with any questions at bhellyer@surfsidebeach.org.

Be Safe ……. God Bless……        Mayor Bob Hellyer   /S/


Mayor Hellyer’s Daily Update

May 20, 2020

  • South Carolina Cases: 9,056**
  • South Carolina Deaths: 399**
  • Horry County Cases: 303**         ** denotes results as of 05/19/20 4:00 PM
  • 29575 Cases: 15 reported, 92 estimated – 107 Total Possible Cases (as of 05/18/20 at 11:59 PM)

This weekend is more than just a holiday for cookouts and parades.  It is a day that we honor all the men and woman that died in service of our country. Please join us at 2:00 PM for a short service in remembrance of our heroes.

Please help make this weekend a safe one for everybody.  There are plenty of people in town this weekend and I hope everyone will be kind and practice social distancing. All certified officers and beach service personnel effective immediately are being recalled in anticipation of the increase in tourists and the holiday weekend.

In anticipation of having our next Town Council Meeting, the Fire Marshall has been asked to determine occupancy and the setup for the Chambers.  The Fire Marshall has set up the room to comply with social distancing, etc. There are 18 chairs available to the public and 7 for Council (Spread out along the dais) and 4 for staff. I believe that all Council Members will be in attendance.  If any member cannot, we will set up telephone communication to accommodate them.

The Building and Zoning Appeals meeting that was cancelled last night has been rescheduled for June 8th at 6:30. My apologies to all effected parties.

As things continue to open, please remember to be considerate of others and most importantly, be kind.

.Please contact me with any questions at bhellyer@surfsidebeach.org.

Be Safe ……. God Bless……        Mayor Bob Hellyer   /S/

 


 

Mayor Hellyer’s Daily Update

May 19, 2020

  • South Carolina Cases: 9,056**
  • South Carolina Deaths: 399**
  • Horry County Cases: 303**         ** denotes results as of 05/19/20 4:00 PM
  • 29575 Cases: 15 reported, 92 estimated – 107 Total Possible Cases (as of 05/18/20 at 11:59 PM)

Recognizing the urgent need for expanded COVID-19 testing along the Grand Strand, Tidelands Health has joined the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control’s Pee Dee Region Testing Coalition and is partnering to launch a large-scale community testing program in Horry, Georgetown and Williamsburg counties.

Testing clinics will be open to all area residents. Pre-screening is not required, and there will be no charge to be tested. Individuals under 18 years of age must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian to give consent for testing.

Specific locations, dates and times for the testing clinics will be announced in the coming days, with clinics planned across the three-county region. In addition to various Tidelands Health locations, testing sites will include the Myrtle Beach Pelicans stadium, the Coastal Carolina University campus and other community locations.   I will inform you of the dates and times as I receive them.

Everyone should be decorating their golf carts in preparation for the Memorial Golf Cart Parade this Sunday.  We will be practicing social distancing.  Meet up at 16th Ave N at 1:00 PM.

On Memorial Day, Monday, May 25th, we will have a Memorial Day Service in Memorial Park at 2:00 PM.

We are still looking for an Honor Guard for this event. If anyone has a suggestion, please email me.

We welcome our visitors to the town. Please be considerate of our rules.  Fireworks are not allowed.  Please be considerate and place you trash in the proper containers and respect the social distancing of

your fellow beachgoers.  Our beach patrol is there to insure everyone abides by the rules and has a safe visit to our beach.

Please respect others and remember that wearing a face mask is not only for your protection, it is a sign of respect for others.

.Please contact me with any questions at bhellyer@surfsidebeach.org.

Be Safe ……. God Bless……        Mayor Bob Hellyer   /S/


Mayor Hellyer’s Daily Update

May 18, 2020

  • South Carolina Cases: 8,942**
  • South Carolina Deaths: 391**
  • Horry County Cases: 299**         ** denotes results as of 05/18/20 4:15 PM
  • 29575 Cases: 15 reported, 92 estimated – 107 Total Possible Cases (as of 05/17/20 at 11:59 PM)

The Farmers Market will start on May 26, 2020 and continue through the summer until October 27, 2020. The market will be following the guidelines for Farmers Market during the Covid-19 outbreak published by the South Carolina Department of Agriculture.  These guidelines can be found by using the following link:

 https://agriculture.sc.gov/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/Covid19FarmersMarketsGuidelines.pdf

Don’t forget that we are having a Memorial Day Golf Cart Parade.  It will begin a 1:00 PM.  All carts will line up at 16 Ave N.  The parade will go down Ocean Blvd to Melody Lane.  Should be a good time, so

decorate your golf cart and come on down.  We will be practicing social distancing, so all carts will be separated by at least 6 feet.

On Memorial Day, Monday, May 25th, we will have a Memorial Day Service in Memorial Park at 1:00 PM.

Please join us to honor our veterans.

Now that most of our businesses are open, we are seeing a lot of people coming into town.  This was supposed to be “bike week”, but it was cancelled.  Many of the people that reserved rentals for that week were unable to get a full refund, so they came down.

Our beach lots were completely full over the weekend. Unlike other jurisdictions, our beach goers remained socially responsible.  Our beach patrol has been doing a fantastic job maintaining order.

There is a lot of things going on this weekend.  Please join us in the activities.  Also, remember that we will be having our next Town Council Meeting on May 26th at 6:30 PM.

.Please contact me with any questions at bhellyer@surfsidebeach.org.

Be Safe ……. God Bless……        Mayor Bob Hellyer   /S/


Mayor Hellyer’s Daily Update

May 15, 2020

  • South Carolina Cases: 8,407**
  • South Carolina Deaths: 380**
  • Horry County Cases: 283**         ** denotes results as of 05/15/20 4:00 PM
  • 29575 Cases: 13 reported, 80 estimated – 93 Total Possible Cases (as of 05/14/20 at 11:59 PM)

We are currently in discussions about the Farmer’ Market.  We have tentatively set the opening date to be on May 26, 2020.  I will let you know the final decision as it becomes available.

Businesses have been opening slowly but surely.  We are expecting that all businesses should be opened by Monday.  Let us welcome them back.  They are part of our “family beach” community.

I have received complaints about parking.  I will be asking that we address this in the next Town Council meeting.

Do not forget that the ordinance allowing dogs on the beach has not taken effect yet.  So, until further notice, no dogs of the beach.  We are working on it.

Another short update.

Have a great weekend….. enjoy the good weather and practice social distancing.

Please contact me with any questions at bhellyer@surfsidebeach.org.

Be Safe ……. God Bless……        Mayor Bob Hellyer   /S/


Mayor Hellyer’s Daily Update

May 14, 2020

  • South Carolina Cases: 8,189**
  • South Carolina Deaths: 371**
  • Horry County Cases: 278**         ** denotes results as of 05/14/20 3:34 PM
  • 29575 Cases: 13 reported, 80 estimated – 93 Total Possible Cases (as of 05/13/20 at 11:59 PM)

Town Council voted to extend our “state of emergency” for 60 days.  This motion did not place anyadditional restrictions on the residents.  The Executive Order from the Governor is still in effect, butall local restrictions have been removed.  This order was extended so that all parties effected by the COVID-19 virus will still be eligible to state and federal funding.

Secondly, Town Council voted to add an ordinance to allow dogs on the beach until 10:00 a.m. and after 5:00 p.m. from May 15th until September 5th, 2020.  The intention to make our policy in line with that of Horry County.  Pending further action.

We also passed a vote to investigate developing a community garden in Surfside Beach.

Several council members during the closing comments of the town council meeting stated that we should all work together.  We have had our differences in the past, but we must work together for the benefit of our town.  I have been speaking with several council members, and we will work on improving communication.

At the start of the Coronavirus pandemic, I put out the call for volunteers to help with making face masks. In no time, over 25 volunteers answered the call to participate in the Surfside Beach – Face Mask Crew. Without asking to be paid or praised, volunteers came in from Surfside Beach, New River, Conway, Myrtle Beach and Garden City. These wonderful people pitched in to donated materials and supplies, made a lot of face masks, and offered to personally delivered them throughout the area to those who requested them. Over 280 masks have been provided to residents, workers and visitors of Surfside Beach, Garden City, Myrtle Beach, Surfside Beach’s town employees, the Helping Hand organization, and the Sea Haven Center for Youth. We still have face masks available upon request. These masks are washable, reusable, attractive and very well made; please consider using a face mask when you are out and about, and especially if you are returning to work. Every little bit helps to reduces the spread of the Coronavirus. You can write me at bhellyer@surfsidebeach.org to make a request.  We are not yet through with this pandemic, but as Mayor, I want to personally extend a “Thank You” from the bottom of my heart!

Please contact me with any questions at bhellyer@surfsidebeach.org.

Be Safe ……. God Bless……        Mayor Bob Hellyer   /S/


Mayor Hellyer’s Daily Update

May 13, 2020

  • South Carolina Cases: 7,927**
  • South Carolina Deaths: 355**
  • Horry County Cases: 269**         ** denotes results as of 05/12/20 4:14 PM
  • 29575 Cases: 13 reported, 80 estimated –93 Total Possible Cases (as of 05/11/20 at 11:59 PM)

Businesses are starting to open back up.  The SCDMV states that they will be open with normal business hours on May 13th.  Please stay safe but let us welcome our businesses back.  They have had a very hard time this last couple of months.

I have had several questions about why we extended the pier bid.  This was done in an emergency meeting on May 11th.  Council also voted to extend the bid until June 11th at 2:00 PM and have the bids opened publicly and that a committee be established to review the bids.  This decision was made in the best interest of the town.

Today we presented a Proclamation for National Lupus Day to Barbie Manchester, an Ambassador for the National Lupus Foundation at Town Hall.  Remember that May is National Lupus Month.

Today’s message is short.

Again, please check on your neighbors.

 Please contact me with any questions at bhellyer@surfsidebeach.org.

Be Safe ……. God Bless……        Mayor Bob Hellyer   /S/


Mayor Hellyer’s Daily Update

May 11, 2020

  • South Carolina Cases: 7,653**
  • South Carolina Deaths: 331**
  • Horry County Cases: 262**         ** denotes results as of 05/10/20 4:30 PM
  • 29575 Cases: 13 reported, 80 estimated –93 Total Possible Cases (as of 05/09/20 at 11:59 PM)

Today at 12:01 AM the Governor authorized limited indoor, on-premises customer dining.  His order authorizes restaurants that elect to provide limited indoor, on-premises customer dining services, as authorized herein, should consider and incorporate industry guidelines regarding the same, such as those prepared and published by the South Carolina Restaurant and Lodging Association, in addition to undertaking and implementing all reasonable steps to comply with any applicable sanitation guidelines promulgated by the CDC, DHEC, or any other state or federal public health officials.

So please patronize our business community.

The Town Council had an emergency meeting to address the possibility of extending the bid for the Surfside Beach Fishing Pier Restoration.  This bid were due no later that at 2:00PM.  I received an email from one of the bidders who stated that on May 7th an Addendum (#3) was issued which contained 171 pages.  The bidders concern was that there was not enough time to absorb and adjust the

proposals in only 5 day.  First thing this morning I sent and email to council stating my concern and proposing a 3:30 meeting today.  Five members responded stating they were not opposed.  Our meeting was held, and the result was that our bid was extended for thirty days.  The new bid deadline will be on June 11th at 2:00 PM.  It was also voted affirmatively to have the bid openings made public at that time.

We look forward to moving on quickly but need to make sure that everything is open and fair.  I would like to thank all of council for their cooperation in this matter.

There will be a Town Council Meeting on Tuesday, May 12th at 6:30 PM.

http://www.surfsidebeach.org/Data/Sites/1/media/town-council/agendas-and-minutes/2020/512/5-12-2020-agenda-1.pdf

This agenda has been very controversial. Please dial into the meeting to learn more.

Again, please check on your neighbors.

 Please contact me with any questions at bhellyer@surfsidebeach.org.

Be Safe ……. God Bless……        Mayor Bob Hellyer   /S/

 


 

Mayor Hellyer’s Daily Update

May 7, 2020

  • South Carolina Cases: 7,367**
  • South Carolina Deaths:320**
  • Horry County Cases: 251**         ** denotes results as of 05/08/20 4:30 PM
  • 29575 Cases: 12 reported, 74 estimated –86 Total Possible Cases (as of 05/07/20 at 11:59 PM)

Now that outside dining is open, there are plenty of places to enjoy an outdoor meal.  While this is

a new concept for many of our businesses, please remember that seating is very limited.

Surfside Businesses with Outside Seating

Bar-B-Que House

California Ultimate Pizza

Southern Chicken

Paisano

Cheesesteak Factory

Big Apple Bagels

Los Cabos

Jerk Shack

Hamburger Joes

River City

Neal & Pam’s

 

Bubbas Fish Shack

Pizza Hyena

Holiday Inn

Omega Pancake House

The OLE Fashion Ice Cream Parlor

Lazy Surfer Creamery

Surfside Pizza

Sundown

Benjamins Bakery

The Golden Egg

Chaucer’s Pub

 

 

 

This list may not be all inclusive

 

 

Remember that wearing a face mask is not only for your protection, it is a sign of respect for your fellow residents.

 

 If anyone is still in need of a mask, please email me.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

There will be a Town Council Meeting on Tuesday, May 12th at 6:30 PM. 

http://www.surfsidebeach.org/Data/Sites/1/media/town-council/agendas-and-minutes/2020/512/5-12-2020-agenda-final2.pdf

Do not forget that Sunday is Mother’s Day.

Have a great weekend

Again, please check on your neighbors.

 Please contact me with any questions at bhellyer@surfsidebeach.org.

 

Be Safe ……. God Bless……        Mayor Bob Hellyer   /S/

 


Mayor Hellyer’s Daily Update

May 7, 2020

  • South Carolina Cases: 7,142**
  • South Carolina Deaths:316**
  • Horry County Cases: 242**         ** denotes results as of 05/06/20 4:20 PM
  • 29575 Cases: 12 reported, 74 estimated –86 Total Possible Cases (as of 05/06/20 at 11:59 PM)

Today at 2:30 PM there was a “Special” Town Council Meeting to Award the bid and to issue a notice to proceed with executed terms.   The vote was taken, and the results were 6 Yes with Councilwoman Keating not voting due to technical difficulties.   So, the contract was issued to Beach Services, Inc. for a period of four years, with a three-year option.

Many people have emailed me to inquire about the pier.  Here is what I know….   The contract for building the pier is out for bid.  The sealed bids will be open on May 12th.  At this point we have no

Idea what the bid amounts will be.  After the bids are open, we will assess the situation to ensure that the town has sufficient funds to proceed.  If all goes well, we should be able to start construction on the pier by early July or August.  The building of the pier has been estimated to take approximately 18 months to complete.  That is all the information that I have for now.  I will post more information as it becomes available.

I received another question asking that we publish the restaurants that are open for outside dining.  We will be working on a list and see if we can get it published on the Town Website.  We encourage you to

patronize our local businesses.

Remember that wearing a face mask is not only for your protection, it is a sign of respect for your fellow residents.  If anyone is still in need of a mask, please email me.

Beach goers have seemed to be practicing safe distancing and it has not been a problem.  Let us go slow and assess often.

Again, please check on your neighbors.

 Please contact me with any questions at bhellyer@surfsidebeach.org.

Be Safe ……. God Bless……        Mayor Bob Hellyer   /S/


Mayor Hellyer’s Daily Update

May 4, 2020

  • South Carolina Cases: 6,841**
  • South Carolina Deaths: 296**
  • Horry County Cases: 236**         ** denotes results as of 05/05/20 6:20 PM
  • 29575 Cases: 12 reported, 74 estimated –86 Total Possible Cases (as of 05/04/20 at 11:59 (PM)

We have successfully negotiated our agreement with Beach Services.  We will be having a “Special Meeting” on Thursday, May 7th at 2:30 PM to vote to accept this contract.  This will be the only item on the agenda.

I have seen that many of our businesses are taking advantage of the outside dining.  It is good to seepeople enjoying their dinner outside.  Please be mindful of others while in an outdoor environment.  Many residents are allergic to smoke.  Please respect others while using the outside facilities.

We are currently working on the agenda for our regular May 12th Town Council Meeting.  The agenda for that meeting should be posted on Friday by the close of business.

As we open our beaches and parks, outside dining and other business, please practice social distancing

not only for yourself, but for others.

Again, please check on your neighbors.

 Please contact me with any questions at bhellyer@surfsidebeach.org.

Be Safe ……. God Bless……        Mayor Bob Hellyer   /S/


Mayor Hellyer’s Daily Update

May 5, 2020

  • South Carolina Cases: 6,757**
  • South Carolina Deaths: 283**
  • Horry County Cases: 230**         ** denotes results as of 05/04/20 4:35 PM
  • 29575 Cases: 11 reported, 68 estimated –79 Total Possible Cases (as of 05/03/20 at 11:59 PM)

During the Town Council meeting on Tuesday, Council voted to have the Town Administrator and myself work out the details for the Beach Services contract.  I have spoken to the owner numerous times and will be having another meeting tomorrow to hopefully address some concerns.

I told everyone that Town Hall would be opening as soon as the Governor lifts the “Stay at Work/Home’ Order.  While that order was modified, for the benefit of our employees, the Town Hall will remain closed until plexiglass shielding is in place.  This will probably be around the 12th or 13th of May.

I now see that many restaurants are open for outside dining.  During Tuesday’s Town Council meeting, we removed the restrictions in our ordinance pertaining to outside dining.  All businesses must leave room for proper egress.

I still urge all residents to be safe and practice social distancing.  Also, please check on your neighbors.

 Please contact me with any questions at bhellyer@surfsidebeach.org.

Happy Cinco de Mayo…….

Be Safe ……. God Bless……        Mayor Bob Hellyer   /S/

 


Mayor Hellyer’s Daily Update

May 4, 2020

  • South Carolina Cases: 6,626**
  • South Carolina Deaths: 275**
  • Horry County Cases: 223**         ** denotes results as of 05/03/20 3:30
  • 29575 Cases: 11 reported, 68 estimated –79 Total Possible Cases (as of 05/02/20 at 11:59 PM)

On Friday, May 1st the Governor rescinded his Executive Order No. 2020-19, as extended by Section 1(H) of Executive Order No. 2020-29, which prohibited individuals, entities, or establishments engaged in the provision of short-term rentals, vacation rentals, or other lodging accommodations or operations in exchange for consideration in the State of South Carolina from making or accepting new reservations or bookings from or for individuals residing in or travelling from any area subject to or identified in a CDC travel advisory or other CDC notice as a location with extensive community transmission of COVID-19.

Effective today, he urged any and all residents and visitors of the State of South Carolina to limit social interaction, practice “social distancing” in accordance with CDC guidance, and take every possible precaution to avoid potential exposure to, and to slow the spread of, COVID-19, and further encourage residents and visitors of the State of South Carolina to limit their movements outside of their home, place of residence, or current place of abode (collectively, “Residence”), except as specified by this Order, for purposes of engaging in Essential Business, Essential Activities, or Critical Infrastructure Operations, as set forth below and as such terms are further defined herein.

Effective today at 12:01 AM, Executive Order 2020-31 authorized restaurants to provide outdoor customer dining services for off-premises consumption. If was suggested that restaurants us the guidelines of the South Carolina Restaurant and Lodging Association.  See the following ling to the

Temporary Outdoor Seating guidelines: http://www.surfsidebeach.org/Data/Sites/1/media/town-council/agendas-and-minutes/2020/504/5--4--2020-sp-meeting-agenda.pdf.  Let’s get out and support our local businesses.

There was a short “Special” Town Council Meeting this morning at 10:00.   We addressed two issues.

 Beach Services Contract.  A vote was taken appointing myself and the Town Administrator to negotiate the contract and bring it back for Council approval.  This will be done in the next week or so.

We also voted to suspend our local ordinance pertaining to outside dining.  This would let our businesses use the public spaces for outside dining.  This will expire when the emergency order expires.

 Please contact me with any questions at bhellyer@surfsidebeach.org.

Be Safe ……. God Bless……        Mayor Bob Hellyer   /S/


Mayor Hellyer’s Daily Update

May 1, 2020

  • South Carolina Cases: 6,258**
  • South Carolina Deaths: 256**
  • Horry County Cases: 223**         ** denotes results as of 05/01/20 at 4:25
  • 29575 Cases: 11 reported, 68 estimated –79 Total Possible Cases (as of 04/29/20 at 11:59 PM)

I had several questions today that I think everyone would like to know the answers.  First is whether the bathrooms are open at the pier, beach access, and parks.  The answer to that is yes, they are.

The next questions is when is Town Hall going to open to the public.  The answer to that is that Town Hall will remain closed at least until the Governor removes the “Stay Home/Work” order.  Once thisorder is removed we will open Town Hall.

Today, the Governor announced that the statewide “Work-or-Home” order will be lifted and returned to voluntary status on Monday, May 4th.  The Governor also announced that beginning on May 4th, restaurants throughout South Carolina may provide outdoor customer dining service in addition to existing take out, curbside, and deliver services.

As I stated yesterday, we plan on having a special Town Council Meeting on Monday at 10:00 AM to address the award of the Beach Services Contract.   The agenda with instructions to sign in to attend the meeting can be found at:

http://www.surfsidebeach.org/Data/Sites/1/media/town-council/agendas-and-minutes/2020/504/5--4--2020-sp-meeting-agenda.pdf

Please remember that just because more businesses are opening, we must practice social distancing and use precautions to protect our personal safety.  As I stated before, Town Council will monitor the daily activity and reports about the virus and make adjustments as needed.

Please contact me with any questions at bhellyer@surfsidebeach.org.

Have a safe weekend ……. God Bless……        Mayor Bob Hellyer   /S/

 


Mayor Hellyer’s Daily Update

April 30, 2020

  • South Carolina Cases: 6,095**
  • South Carolina Deaths: 244**
  • Horry County Cases: 215**         ** denotes results as of 04/29/20 at 3:30 PM
  • 29575 Cases: 11 reported, 68 estimated –79 Total Possible Cases (as of 04/28/20 at 11:59 PM)

The weather has not been the best for visiting the beach.  We are working hard to get ready for the influx of people that will be coming.   We are expecting a busy weekend and encourage everyone to maintain their social distancing.  It is taking a few days to prepare for our beachgoers to return.

We plan on having a special Town Council Meeting on Monday to address the award of the Beach Services Contract. This was put on the back burner after all the changes being made with the COVID 19 ordinances.  The meeting will be held to vote to award the contract and let Beach Services prepare for summer.

Today’s message is short, but I will continue to keep you informed.  Please contact me with any questions at bhellyer@surfsidebeach.org.

Please be safe ……. God Bless……        Mayor Bob Hellyer   /S/


Mayor Hellyer’s Daily Update

April 29, 2020

  • South Carolina Cases: 5,881**
  • South Carolina Deaths: 203 **
  • Horry County Cases: 211**         ** denotes results as of 04/29/20 at 3:30 PM
  • 29575 Cases: 11 reported, 68 estimated –79 Total Possible Cases (as of 04/28/20 at 11:59 PM)

Well last night’s Town Council meeting was interesting.  A record number of people signed in to listen.  At last count, I saw that 228 people (or more) were in attendance. Other than the inability to mute listeners microphones at times during the meeting, I believe things went fairly well.  The meeting lasted approximately two hours and ten minutes.

We received many, many public comments submitted by residents and business owners.  All the comments were read in their entirety except for one.  I must apologize for the one that was not fully read. Being that it was three pages long, I did not believe that it could be read in the allotted five-minute time, however, I have since realized I was wrong and should have read it since it was within the given time requirements. I have personally apologized to the author and the entire public comment will be posted on the town website.

After reviewing our current emergency ordinance, it was decided to lift the beach regulations as to what can be done on the beach.  It was also decided to open all the paid parking lots. The town has decided to keep with our May 1, 2020 deadline for short term rentals.  The Governor’s Executive Order is still in effect.

Mayor’s Proclamation making the month of May, LUPAS AWARENESS MONTH and declaring May 10, 2020 as LUPUS AWARENESS DAY.  It is estimated that at least 1.5 million Americans suffer from a form of lupus.

We had a brief discussion about the budget, the Town Administrator is preparing information for Council on the timeline. The authorization was given to sell our surplus 1993 International Fire Truck for $13,000.

We had an extensive discussion about the Ordinance to re-zone properties fronting highway 17 from Commercial (C-1) to a Planned Development (PD). The motion was made to have a workshop before voting, but that motion failed.  The result was a tie with 3 votes each for and against and one member not voting.  The rezoning ordinance failed.

Please be safe ……. God Bless……        Mayor Bob Hellyer   /S/

 


Mayor Hellyer’s Daily Update

April 27, 2020

  • South Carolina Cases: 5,613**
  • South Carolina Deaths: 177 **
  • Horry County Cases: 209**         ** denotes results as of 04/27/20 at 4:30 PM
  • 29575 Cases: 11 reported, 68 estimated –79 Total Possible Cases (as of 04/25/20 at 11:59 PM)

There has been a lot of controversy about what is going to happen next.  The Governor’s Office states that they are going to be extending the executive order for another 15 days.  This means that the “Stay at Home or Work” order is still in effect.  The next question is about the short- term rentals.  The Governor only stated that those people coming from state with “hot spots” need to quarantine when coming from those states. It further states that the CDC will tell us the states at risk.  The ordinance against short-term rentals was established by the Town of Surfside. 

There is a lot of things going on tomorrow in the Town Council Meeting (6:30 PM).  We will be discussing our beach ordinance to possibly change:

Short Term Rentals

Chairs, surfing and fishing on the beach

We will also be discussing to Re-Zone Properties fronting highway 17 from C-1 Highway Commercial to a PD (Planned Development)

The Town Council Meeting Agenda can be found at :  http://surfsidebeach.org/Data/Sites/1/media/town-council/agendas-and-minutes/2020/428/4-28-2020-final.pdf

All the above topics have generated numerous comments (which will be read during the meeting).

Please join us by dialing in at 1 866 899 4679 or 1 669 224 3319    Access Code:  332-618-413

See you there………

 Mayor Bob Hellyer   /S/


Mayor Hellyer’s Daily Update

April 24, 2020

  • South Carolina Cases: 4,917**
  • South Carolina Deaths: 150 **
  • Horry County Cases: 196**         ** denotes results as of 04/23/20 at 4:00 PM
  • 29575 Cases: 11 reported, 68 estimated –79 Total Possible Cases (as of 04/22/20 at 11:59 PM)

There’s been lots of talk about whether to resume operations as normal or keep everything closed.  This is a very hard question to answer. On the one hand, people are suffering financial hardships while on the other hand, people are in fear of falling victim to this harmful virus.  As Mayor, it is very difficult to satisfy everyone. In general, I believe we should always be proactive in addressing a problem.  I also believe that we should take “baby steps” in addressing these problems.  If something is working, keep it up.  If it is not working, stop and immediately make changes.

We recently had to decide as to how to open the beaches.  We decided to restrict access to those persons with Surfside Beach parking stickers only, and as to what items can be brought onto the beach.  If these measures work, we can remove restrictions as the time passes.  I have since received many emails telling me how unfair it is to not be able to bring a chair to the beach.  I also received numerous emails stating that we have no right to restrict parking to those that do not live in the town limits.

Please remember that when Council makes ordinances, it is to protect the health and safety of everyone.  As we move through this crisis, things will eventually get better, but we need to move slowly to get to the final outcome.  Our residents, for the most part, have been wonderful in complying with the rules.

Next week we have many new decisions to make.  At Tuesday’s Town Council Meeting (6:30 p.m.) we will be discussing our emergency ordinances and adjusting as necessary.  We will be deciding whether short-term rentals will be extended and reviewing restrictions on the beach. Please check the Town Website for the agenda.

Public Comments for the meeting can be sent to the Town Clerk prior to the meeting and I will read them during the public comment section of the agenda.  Please keep these comments respectful or they will not be read.

I would like to thank everyone for reaching out. Let me know your concerns and comments. I look forward to your emails at bhellyer@surfsidebeach.org

Please be safe and have a good weekend…….        Mayor Bob Hellyer   /S/


Mayor Hellyer’s Daily Update

April 22, 2020

  • South Carolina Cases: 4,917**
  • South Carolina Deaths: 150 **
  • Horry County Cases: 196**         ** denotes results as of 04/23/20 at 4:00 PM
  • 29575 Cases: 11 reported, 68 estimated –79 Total Possible Cases (as of 04/22/20 at 11:59 PM)

UPCOMING TOWN HALL MEETING…Our day today was focused on what items are to be placed on the agenda for next Tuesday’s meeting. Many of the town’s ongoing or outstanding issues have not been placed on the previous agendas because they were not of an emergency nature.  All Council Members have been involved in the formation of Tuesday’s agenda. We feel certain action items must be addressed because of time elements, for instance, the short- term rentals have been suspended until May 1, 2020. Council needs to make the decision to let the suspension expire, extend it for maybe 15 or 30 days. We will also need to adjust or remove some of the wording in our ordinance to consider activities on the beach such as surfing.

I have been fielding many emails from residents and non-residents either praising or condemning us on our decisions about the restrictions put in place while opening our beach access (spelled correctly).

Please remember that the Covid-19 numbers have not been decreasing. While they have been slow to increase, we still need to err on the side of abundance caution so as not to reverse all the hard work and sacrifices that have been made thus far. Please remember that all the decisions being made are foremost for the health and safety of our residents. The residents of this town have worked hard to comply with the Governor’s executive orders and the ordinances put in place by the Town. We are working hard to overcome this virus and open our town to our friends and neighbors. We just need to be sure that we are moving forward in moderation and adjusting as things improve or decline.

Please do not drive our car from the back seat. We are attempting to drive carefully so that everyone arrives at our destination safely. Council will be monitoring the situation daily and our decision next Tuesday will be an informed one. While our town is separate and independent of our surrounding jurisdictions, it is important that we are consistent with our neighbors so open our doors together as not to put any undue stress on our town.

Signs have been posted at all town access points and parking lots. Please obey our ordinances and we will open back up as soon as we responsibly can.

I would like to thank everyone for reaching out. Let me know your concerns and comments. I look forward to your emails at bhellyer@surfsidebeach.org

Mayor Bob Hellyer   /S/


Mayor Hellyer’s Daily Update

April 22, 2020

  • South Carolina Cases: 4,761**
  • South Carolina Deaths: 140 **
  • Horry County Cases: 190**         ** denotes results as of 04/22/20 at 4:28 PM
  • 29575 Cases: 11 reported, 68 estimated –79 Total Possible Cases (as of 04/21/20 at 11:59 PM)

Today the Governor stated that all SC schools K-12 will be closed for the rest of the school year.

I have had numerous emails about the ordinance that was approved yesterday to open the beach access and suspending paid parking in beach assess points and golf cart parking to all except those vehicles that have a Surfside Beach parking sticker.  There were also restrictions put on what is allowed on the beach.

Please keep in mind that this decision was made in an emergency meeting yesterday morning approximately one hour prior to the tentative opening of all beach access without restrictions. The decision was made based the best interest of the health and safety of our residents. While many are

complaining that these regulations are to strict, please remember that we still do not have definitive proof that the COVID 19 virus statistics are lowering. It is our responsibility as Town Council to limit the spread of the virus and put processes in place to restore operations. Please keep in mind that we are having financial ramifications due to this emergency. Our Town personnel are working vigorously to maintain services to our residents. The Governors order to “Stay at Home or Work” is still in effect.

We will continuously be monitoring and adjusting as conditions either improve or worsen. The short term sacrifices we make today will pay off by shortening the time it will take to recover. As condition improve, regulations will be lifted. For a copy of our current ordinance, please click on the link below:

http://surfsidebeach.org/Data/Sites/1/media/town-council/agendas-and-minutes/2020/421/04-20-20-emergency-ordinance-re-parking-covid-a-final.pdf

Signs have now been posted on all beach access points and our parking regulations will be enforced.

We will be having our regular Town Council meeting next Tuesday, April 28th. This meeting will again be held telephonically. The agenda will be posted on the Town Website and we invite all to attend.

I thank you for reaching out to me. You are letting me know of your concerns and comments and I look forward to your emails at bhellyer@surfsidebeach.org with your questions, comments and feedback.

Mayor Bob Hellyer   /S/


Mayor Hellyer’s Daily Update

April 21, 2020

  • South Carolina Cases: 4,608**
  • South Carolina Deaths: 135 **
  • Horry County Cases: 189**         ** denotes results as of 04/21/20 at 4:30 PM
  • 29575 Cases: 12 reported, 74estimated – 86 Total Possible Cases (as of 04/20/20 at 11:59 PM)

There was an emergency Town Council Meeting today at 10:30 AM. Yesterday afternoon at 4:00 PM the Governor stated that he was opening the beach access points that were closed earlier. He also stated that local Municipalities could regulate these access points as they deemed appropriate. Today's meeting was to address how our town will deal with the regulation of these access points. During our meeting, we discussed several options. We could have kept the access points closed, opened them without any regulation, limited our town parking for residents only, and limit our town parking to residents only and regulate activities conducted on the beach. After discussion by all Town Council Members, it was decided to use the last option This means that all our town paid parking is suspended except for vehicles displaying a Surfside Beach Parking Sticker.  It also regulated activities and equipment that may be brought onto our beach. Please see the link below for a copy of this ordinance.

http://surfsidebeach.org/Data/Sites/1/media/town-council/agendas-and-minutes/2020/421/04-20-20-emergency-ordinance-re-parking-covid-a-final.pdf

For those that have not gotten your 2020 Surfside Parking Sticker, you can apply using the following link

http://surfsidebeach.org/parking

I am told that anyone that has a 2019 sticker on their vehicle will not be ticketed. Also, remember that the beach access points for golf carts only will also require a Surfside Beach Parking sticker.

There are some people that disagree with our new regulation, but please remember that our intent was for the benefit of all residents. Please remember to practice safe distancing. It is our hope that the numbers will get better and we will soon be able to return to normal operations, but we need everyone's cooperation to accomplish this.

I thank you for reaching out to me. You are letting me know of your concerns and comments and I look forward to your emails at bhellyer@surfsidebeach.org with your questions, comments, and feedback.   Mayor Bob Hellyer   /S/


Mayor Hellyer’s Daily Update

April 20, 2020

  • South Carolina Cases: 4,439**
  • South Carolina Deaths: 120 **
  • Horry County Cases: 185**         ** denotes results as of 04/202020 at 4:00 PM
  • 29575 Cases: 12 reported, 74estimated – 86 Total Possible Cases (as of 04/19/20 at 11:59 PM)

It was announced over the weekend that the Governor is planning to open the beach accesses. Governor McMaster conducted a live broadcast today at 4:00 PM. He announced that effective at noon tomorrow, all beach access points restrictions will be lifted, and regulation of these access points will be given back to the local municipalities. I have received many emails requesting that we only open the beach to residents. Everyone needs to keep in mind that the beaches are owned by the Federal Government. We cannot regulate who can and cannot go onto Federal Property. We might consider closing our parking to all but residents with a Surfside parking stickers.

 The Governor also allowed for the opening of several businesses deemed non-essential. This includes, department stores, flea markets, florists, bookstores, and music stores. Restrictions on the number of people allowed inside each store will remain in place. There can be no more than five customers per 1,000 square feet or 20% occupancy, whichever is less.

Council will discuss our plan of action. We have many decisions to make with many options to be taken into consideration. Please be assures that we will and must comply with the Governor’s executive orders. Our number one priority is the health and safety of all residents is our first concern.

Our residents have done a wonderful job of staying safe and practicing social distancing. Please continue this practice these safety measures and check on your neighbors.

I thank you for reaching out to me. You are letting me know of your concerns and comments and I look forward to your emails at bhellyer@surfsidebeach.org with your questions, comments and feedback. 

Mayor Bob Hellyer   /S/


Mayor Hellyer’s Daily Update

April 17, 2020

  • South Carolina Cases: 4,086**
  • South Carolina Deaths: 116 **
  • Horry County Cases: 167 **         ** denotes results as of 04/15/2020 at 2:55 PM
  • 29575 Cases: 9 reported, 55 estimated – 64 Total Possible Cases (as of 04/15/20 at 11:59 PM)

I will continue the discussion from yesterday pertaining to furloughing of employees.  The following is a list of furloughs by department:

Furloughs                                                                                   Remaining

Department       FT          Pt           Seasonal Total                    FT          PT              Seasonal Total

Admin                  0            0            0            0                         2            0            0                2

Finance               0            1            0            1                         3            0            0               3

Court                   0            1            0            1                         1            0            0               1

Facilities              1            0            0            1                         1            0            0                1

Police                  6            5           10          21                        18          0            0               18

Fire                     0            1           0            1                          7            0            0              7

PBZ                     1            0           0            1                          2            0            0              2

Public Works       6            0            0            6                         12          0            0              12

Events                 1            0            0            1                         0            0            0              0

______________________________________________________________________

Gen Fund           15          8            10          33                        46          0            0              46

San Fund            1            0            0            1                           7            0            0              7

All Funds            16          8            10          34                        53          0            0              53

Please realize how painful it was to furlough employees during this time.  We have worked with each employee to apply for benefits and will hopefully be able to bring them back when this crisis is over.

We expect our revenue stream to be flat for at least the next couple of months.  It is vitally important to use due diligence in cutting expenses and trimming our budget wherever possible.  Please keep in mind that we are in the process of preparing for next years budget.  This is extremely difficult not knowing what tomorrow is going to look like.  Please bear with us and realize that we will do everything we can to protect the interest of our residents. 

On a brighter side, every Town Employee was given a face mask today to protect them.  Again, residents wishing a face mask should email.

I thank you for reaching out to me. You are letting me know of your concerns and comments and I look forward to your emails at bhellyer@surfsidebeach.org with your questions, comments and feedback. 

 Mayor Bob Hellyer   /S/


Mayor Hellyer’s Daily Update

April 16, 2020

  • South Carolina Cases: 3,656**
  • South Carolina Deaths: 107 **
  • Horry County Cases: 150 **         ** denotes results as of 04/15/2020 at 2:55 PM
  • 29575 Cases: 8 reported, 49 estimated – 57 Total Possible Cases (as of 04/14/20 at 11:59 PM)

I have received many inquiries as to how the furlough of our town’s employees was handled.  First, let me explain that this decision was not handled solely by any one individual. As you may expect during this time of crisis, our revenue stream has been drastically cut.  The A-Tax and Hospitality Fee money will not be coming in as expected. Horry County had already taken measures to suspend or delay tax payments and penalties, which would then extend our ability to collect money as expected. Knowing that this was inevitable, together with the Town Administrator, the Finance Director and myself, we  discussed what options there are coupled with the fact there is no revenue coming in, for the bills for services that need to be paid. The better option is to cut our expenses.  Following this determination, the Town Administrator met with each of the department directors and worked with them to establish the cuts to personnel.  All the personnel that have been furloughed were the result of a collaboration of the directors and Town Administrator.  On Thursday, April 2, 2020, the Town Administrator informed me of employees would be furloughed effective Monday, April 6, 2020.  I was also told on that date, that the Town would be working with each furloughed employee to apply for benefits prior to the effective date.  I called each member of Town Council and informed them of the upcoming furloughs.  Each Council Member expressed their concern and admitted that it was just a matter of time.  At that time, I did not ask which employees were furloughed. 

I was informed later that the Town had a total of 96 employees.  34 employees were furloughed.  Of those, 10 are seasonal, and 8 are part-time. I will provide more detail in the updates to come. Please know that we continue to deal with our pier and other expenditures.  Council will be meeting soon to discuss other fiscal matters including preparation for our upcoming budget.

I thank you for reaching out to me. You are letting me know of your concerns and comments and I look forward to your emails at bhellyer@surfsidebeach.org with your questions, comments and feedback. 

 Mayor Bob Hellyer   /S/


Mayor Hellyer’s Daily Update

April 15, 2020

COVID-19: U.S. at a Glance*†

  • Total cases: 605,390
  • Total deaths: 24,582
  • Jurisdictions reporting cases: 55 (50 states, District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands, and the U.S. Virgin Islands)
  • South Carolina Cases: 3,656 **
  • South Carolina Deaths: 107**
  • Horry County Cases: 150 **         ** denotes results as of 04/15/2020 at 2:55 PM
  • 29575 Cases: 8 reported, 49 estimated – 57 Total Possible Cases (as of 04/13/20 at 11:59 PM)

I have had numerous questions about the ability to test all residents for COVID 19.  With this virus spreading so fast, testing is only being made available to those in need.  If you believe that you have the symptoms, please read below and follow the instructions:

Several South Carolina health systems are offering telehealth options to the public. These options are available to anyone experiencing COVID-19 symptoms in South Carolina. In order to access the free consult, use the promo code COVID19.

Also, Self Regional Healthcare is offering telephone screening

The Town Council Emergency Meeting was held last night.  The agenda was changed in the beginning

of the meeting, and all items were removed except the emergency ordinance #20-0918. Because the

other items were removed from the agenda, public comments about those issues were not read.    We still have a lot of unfinished business.  They will be addressed at our next meeting.

We have started distributing face masks to the town residents who have requested them. If you need a mask, please contact me by email.  I look forward to your emails at bhellyer@surfsidebeach.org with your questions, comments and feedback.      God Bless    Mayor Bob Hellyer   /S/


Mayor Hellyer’s Daily Update

April 14, 2020

COVID-19: U.S. at a Glance*†

  • Total cases: 579,005
  • Total deaths: 22,252
  • Jurisdictions reporting cases: 55 (50 states, District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands, and the U.S. Virgin Islands)
  • South Carolina Cases: 3,439 **
  • South Carolina Deaths: 87 **
  • Horry County Cases: 147 **         ** denotes results as of 04/13/2020 at 5:26 PM
  • 29575 Cases: 8 reported, 49 estimated – 57 Total Possible Cases (as of 04/12/20 at 11:59 PM)

After further discussions with our neighboring jurisdictions, it was decided to not extend our emergency ordinances until May 15, 2020.  The current status is good until May 1, 2020.  We will reassess our positions as this date nears.  This will give us time to see if the situation improves.  As always, an executive order from the Governor will be the final word.

The Town Council Emergency Meeting will be held tonight at 6:30 PM.  The meeting will be held electronically.  You may call in using either the toll-free number of 1 866 899 4679 or 1 (571) 317-3116.

Enter the access code when prompted:  244-405-405.  The agenda for tonight’s meeting can be found at:

http://www.surfsidebeach.org/Data/Sites/1/media/town-council/agendas-and-minutes/2020/414/4-14-2020-meeting2.pdf

Public comments can be emailed to the town clerk prior to 4:30 p.m. and will be read during the public comments section of the meeting.  Please remember to be respectful in you comments and not to use individual names.  All comments should be directed to the Mayor and Council as a whole.

Thank you to the Surfside Beach -Face Mask Crew (SB-FMC). Volunteers have stepped up to donate materials and fabric, and we have several folks sewing masks from their materials and our “kits.” You should expect to hear from us soon. We have started distributing face masks to the town residents who have requested them.  We still need help with donations and sewers. There’s more to come. Many thanks to those who have signed up. Contact me at my email below. 

I look forward to your emails at bhellyer@surfsidebeach.org with your questions, comments and feedback.      God Bless    Mayor Bob Hellyer   /S/


Mayor Hellyer’s Daily Update

April 9, 2020

COVID-19: U.S. at a Glance*†

  • Total cases: 427,460
  • Total deaths: 14,696
  • Jurisdictions reporting cases: 55 (50 states, District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands, and the U.S. Virgin Islands)
  • South Carolina Cases: 2,552
  • South Carolina Deaths: 67
  • Horry County Cases: 106
  • 29575 Cases: 5 reported, 31 estimated – 36 Total Possible Cases (as of 04/08/20 at 11:59 PM)

There will be a Town Council meeting on April 14th at 6:30 PM as scheduled.  This meeting will again be held telephonically.  The agenda is being prepared and should be posted no later that Friday. Public comments should be emailed to the Town Clerk prior to the meeting and will be read by myself during the public comments section.

Today the decision was made to implement furloughs of town employees effective on Monday.  The furloughs are due to the COVID-19 crisis.  The closing of businesses and travel associated with the crisis has affected our revenues and we are taking the necessary steps to cut recurring costs and spending.

There are many things to do to complete the furloughs and we will work to assist affected personnel.  These are very difficult times and we must be pro-active to overcome the challenges associated with future impacts.

Hard decisions need to be made to protect all residents.  Please bear with us and be assured that we are working in your best interest.

I look forward to your emails at bhellyer@surfsidebeach.org with your questions, comments and feedback.      We will get through this together….

God Bless  Mayor Bob Hellyer   /S/


Mayor Hellyer’s Daily Update

April 8, 2020

COVID-19: U.S. at a Glance*†

  • Total cases: 395,011
  • Total deaths: 12,754
  • Jurisdictions reporting cases: 55 (50 states, District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands, and the U.S. Virgin Islands)
  • South Carolina Cases: 2,552
  • South Carolina Deaths: 63
  • Horry County Cases: 98
  • 29575 Cases: 5 reported, 31 estimated – 36 Total Possible Cases (as of 04/07/20 at 11:59 PM)

I can see the cooperation of our residents in staying at home and practicing social distancing.  We have been fortunate that we have residents in our town that care about one another and pitch in to help during times like these.  This is the perfect time to get caught up on projects at home, call relatives and make sure everyone is doing ok.   Call your neighbors and see if there is anything they need.

To keep everybody up to date on the pier, this is where we stand right now.  The bids were put out in the beginning on March.  There was a mandatory pre-bid conference on April 2, 2020.  This conference was well attended. Due to the current circumstances, this conference was done through teleconferencing.  The final sealed bids are due on May 12, 2010.  They will be vetted and carefully studied to ensure compliance with all requirements.  At this time, we will have a fairly good idea of the cost of construction.  We will compare this to our town budget to see if have the money to proceed.  We will explore all options and choose the one that is in the best interest of the town.  Any

and all decisions will be explained to the public.  I hope things work out in our favor.

We have had a great response to our request for volunteers to help with our resident mask project.  We are keeping tabs on everyone that has requested a mask and we will be in touch with those that have volunteered to help.  Thank you, everyone, for all that you do.

I look forward to your emails at bhellyer@surfsidebeach.org with your questions, comments and feedback.    

We will get through this together….  God Bless   Mayor Bob Hellyer   /S/


Mayor Hellyer’s Daily Update

April 7, 2020

COVID-19: U.S. at a Glance*†

  • Total cases: 374,329
  • Total deaths: 12,064
  • Jurisdictions reporting cases: 55 (50 states, District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands, and the U.S. Virgin Islands)
  • South Carolina Cases: 2,417
  • South Carolina Deaths: 51
  • Horry County Cases: 91
  • 29575 Cases: 4 reported, 25 estimated – 29 Total Possible Cases (as of 04/05/20 at 11:59 PM)

Today was quiet in the town.  I have been getting quite a few emails asking about enforcement issues for the short-term rentals and businesses.  While you can imagine the numerous problems of trying to enforce these issues, our police department has been working to resolve any issues.  Many thanks to the police department for their efforts during these trying times.  Many thanks to all town employees for keeping our town operating.

There will be a Planning Commission meeting this evening at 6:00. This will be done telephonically. 

Please click on this link for instructions to attend:

http://surfsidebeach.org/Data/Sites/1/media/committees/planning-commission/2020/0407/04.07.20-pc-agenda-package-rev.pdf

Horry County, in coordination with the Town of Surfside Beach, has started a construction project to perform a drainage installation within Town limits.  The installation will divert stormwater from Melody Lane, down the west side of Dogwood Drive and connect to the 13th S swash system.  If you have any questions, please call Horry County Stormwater Hotline: 843-381-8000 or Surfside Beach Public Works:

843-381-8000.

We are still in the planning stages of a voluntary program to make and provide face masks to all residents that would like to participate We are in desperate need to volunteers that can sew.

I look forward to your emails at bhellyer@surfsidebeach.org with your questions, comments and feedback.      We will get through this together…. God Bless    Mayor Bob Hellyer   /S/


Mayor Hellyer’s Daily Update

April 6, 2020

Today as of 4:30 PM:

COVID-19: U.S. at a Glance*†

  • Total cases: 330,891
  • Total deaths: 8,910
  • Jurisdictions reporting cases: 55 (50 states, District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands, and the U.S. Virgin Islands)
  • South Carolina Cases: 2.232
  • South Carolina Deaths: 48
  • Horry County Cases: 76

29575 Cases: 3 (as of 04/04/20 at 11:59 PM)

The Governor again today held a press conference at 4:00 PM.  It was announced that effective tomorrow at 5:00 PM he is issuing a “home or work” order, this means that everyone should stay at home unless traveling to work.  Further information will be available in the link below:

The executive order can be found at  https://governor.sc.gov/executive-branch/executive-orders

I would like to personally thank all the residents that have cooperated in maintaining social-distancing and following the rules set forth to protect everyone.  It has been a quiet weekend.  The active number of cases has continued to increase as expected.

In the next couple of days, we are planning to start a voluntary program to make and provide face masks to all residents that would like to participate.  While these face masks are not the N95 respirators that are used in medical facilities, these masks will be used in public as an extra measure of protection.  This is completely optional.  If you are interested in volunteering, please contact me via email and I will forward your information.

We had discussion today about our town budget.  We will be making some adjustments in the next couple of day to limit our expenses during this critical time.

I look forward to your emails at bhellyer@surfsidebeach.org with your questions, comments and feedback.      We will get through this together…. God Bless    Mayor Bob Hellyer   /S/


 

Mayor Hellyer’s Daily Update

April 3, 2020

As of 4:40 p.m. today – DHEC reported 1,700 COVID19 cases in SC. Horry County reported 51 cases; and cases are reported within our zip code - 29575.

Today the Governor ordered the suspension of all short-term rentals for visitors from COVID-19 hotspots, effective immediately.

In addition, E.O. 2020-18 also closes non-essential businesses across the state. These businesses include:

Furniture, home furnishing, clothing, shoe and clothing accessory, jewelry, luggage and leather goods, department stores, florists, sporting goods stores, bookstores and craft and music stores.

The executive order can be found at  https://governor.sc.gov/executive-branch/executive-orders

  So far, there are 297 million people in at least 38 states, 48 counties, 14 cities, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico being urged to stay home or shelter-in-place.

The town was very quiet today.  It is nice to see that our residents care and are maintaining precautions to help reduce the spread of the COVID 19.  I’m glad to see our local businesses adhere to the requirements, especially their posting signs to remind us of social distancing precautions.  Please continue to work to limit exposure so that we may stop the spread and get back to normal.  Please check on your neighbors…

We are very concerned about the effects of this emergency on the town budget.  We will be reassessing needs and financial responsibilities on Monday.  We will do everything to ensure that resident get the same level of services they deserve, but we should expect that we will need to make sacrifices.

I look forward to your emails at bhellyer@surfsidebeach.org with your questions, comments and feedback.     

We will get through this together.  Have a good weekend and God Bless.

 Mayor Bob Hellyer /S/


Horry County Council on Aging (HCCOA) prepares and delivers regular or special diet meals to eligible seniors' homes. Contact the HCCOA for more information regarding availability and eligibility.  You may call
(843) 248-5523 for more information or assistance. 

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Mayor Hellyer’s Daily Update

March 31, 2020

As of 4:00 p.m. yesterday –

DHEC reported 925 COVID19 cases in SC. Horry County currently reports 32 cases. There are no reported cases in our zip code - 29575.

Please remember the following telephone numbers if:

You have a fever, cough and shortness of breath – Call MUSC at 843-792-7999

If you have questions about COVID-19 – Call S.C. DHEC Care Line at 1-855-472-3432

If you have questions about COVID-19 impacts in Horry County – Call 843-915-5000

For a virtual pre-screening : https://campaigns.muschealth.org/virtual-care/index.html

CLOSURE OF NON-ESSENTIAL BUSINESSES.  Governor McMaster announces the closing of non-essential businesses to include gyms, spas, nightclubs, barber shops, hair salons, tattoo parlors, waxing salons, fitness centers, bowling alleys, arcades, racetracks, indoor children’s play areas (not daycares), theaters, planetariums, museums and performing arts centers.  Please check Executive Order No. 2020-16 for further details as the order was not posted at the time of this update.  Grocery stores, drug stores, pharmacies and other businesses deemed essential can remain open.  The Wal-mart and Target stores with groceries and pharmacies will be able to remain open. 

Well, as we can see, the Governor has stepped up restrictions with another executive order.  Just to let our residents know, I held a teleconference yesterday with the Town Administrator, Chief of Police, Fire Chief, Councilmen Drake and Detrick and myself. The discussion centered on how best to limit the spread of the Coronavirus while protecting our residents.  One option was to consider closing all the town’s parking areas to anyone without a Surfside Beach parking sticker. Shortly, thereafter, the Governor’s E.O. No. 2020-14 closed all beach accesses.

Let’s talk about another hot issue.  

March 27, 2020, the Governor issued Executive Order No. 2020-14, directing that individuals who enter the State of South Carolina from an area with substantial community spread of COVID-19 shall be required to isolate or self-quarantine for a period of fourteen (14) days from the time of entry into the State of South Carolina or the duration of the individual’s presence in South Carolina, whichever period is shorter

I hereby authorize and instruct the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (“DHEC”) to provide any necessary and appropriate supplemental guidance regarding the interpretation, application, or enforcement of this Order.

After discussions with our police department, it was confirmed that the enforcement of this order would be problematic on many levels, to include constitutional issues.

As stated above, DHEC is to provide guidance regarding the enforcement of this order.  I called DHEC today and was informed that the only power that they had to enforce this order was to issue a “Quarantine Order” or a “Isolation Order”, which require a judge. They stated that if either one of these were issued, DHEC would be required oversee providing essential care for the duration of the order.  They stated that they were not going to issue these orders at this time.

The most important thing to remember is that if the numbers are increasing, so will the restrictions.  Please practice social- distancing so that we can reduce the time it will take to put this behind us.

I would like to thank our town employees for their hard work during these troubled times.  It is comforting to know that these employees care about our town and continually provide us with services even in tough times.   THANKS AGAIN.

Please continue your emails to bhellyer@surfsidebeach.org with your questions, comments and feedback.      Stay Safe and God Bless…    Mayor Bob Hellyer /S/


Mayor Hellyer’s Daily Update

March 25, 2020

As of today, DHEC reports 424 COVID19 cases in SC. Horry County currently reports 20 cases.

The number of cases reported by DHEC has increased substantially since yesterday and is estimated to increase moreover in the days to come. 

Please remember the following telephone numbers if:

You have a fever, cough and shortness of breath – Call MUSC at 843-792-7999

If you have questions about COVID-19 – Call S.C. DHEC Care Line at 1-855-472-3432

If you have questions about COVID-19 impacts in Horry County – Call 843-915-5000

For a virtual pre-screening : https://campaigns.muschealth.org/virtual-care/index.html

Today the Governor tweeted that: “Today I am requesting all out of state visitors to South Carolina planning a stay of two or more nights self-quarantine for two weeks immediately upon arrival”.    While this request will be very difficult to enforce, we are looking at additional alternatives to help ensure the safety of our residents.

I went to the beach twice today. Once at 10:00 AM where the beach was almost deserted, and once at 4:00 PM where there was a large amount of people.  People were practicing social distancing on the beach.  I also drove down Ocean Blvd and saw that approximately 80% of our rentals in town were vacant.  There were several out of state tags, but not the amount reported.

Emergency Meeting:  There will be an emergency Town Council meeting at 10:00 AM on Friday.

A copy of the agenda will be posted.  This meeting will be held via teleconferencing and is open to the public.  See the town website for instructions.

We will implement further restrictions as deemed necessary to protect the health and well being of our residents.  Please be sure to check on your neighbors during these trying times.

Please continue your emails to bhellyer@surfsidebeach.org with your questions, comments and feedback.                  Stay Safe and God Bless… Mayor Bob Hellyer  /S/


Dear Surfside Beach residents,

Jerribob’s Mail, Print & Design Center is providing red and green sheets to all that wish to participate in this program. Feel free to stop by Jerribob’s at 1413 HWY 17 South, Surfside Beach. To ensure you get assistance as needed during our monitoring of the Coronavirus, please place the green or red sheet on a window near your doorway that can be easily seen from the sidewalk or roadway.  A GREEN sheet will let your neighbors know that you are in good health and doing well. The RED sheet lets neighbors know you need assistance.

When we maintain a social distance, we limit the spread of the Coronavirus.  Social distancing is very critical.  Therefore, it’s important we stay in touch (‘pun intended’ while maintaining our distance) more than ever.

Stay Safe and God Bless…  Mayor Bob Hellyer /S/



Mayor Hellyer’s Daily Update

March 24, 2020

As of today, DHEC reports 298 COVID19 cases in SC. Horry County currently reports 16 cases.

The number of cases reported by DHEC has increased substantially since yesterday and is estimated to increase moreover in the days to come.  Our best defense is to continue limiting ourselves from contact with others to slowdown and possibly reverse the spread of the Coronavirus. It’s imperative we be more vigilant in washing hands and faces and protecting our friends and family from further exposure.

Please remember the following telephone numbers if:

You have a fever, cough and shortness of breath – Call MUSC at 843-792-7999

If you have questions about COVID-19 – Call S.C. DHEC Care Line at 1-855-472-3432

If you have questions about COVID-19 impacts in Horry County – Call 843-915-5000

Today the Governor stated that at this time, students, parents and families should plan for South Carolina’s schools to remain closed through the month of April.   This will include the state’s public colleges, universities, and technical colleges, and encourage those institutions to maintain existing plans to provide instruction through virtual learning.

Emergency Meeting:  We are planning to have an emergency meeting in the next few days to enact an emergency ordinance that will allow the use of teleconferencing to conduct Town Council meetings.  This emergency ordinance will take effect for the next sixty (60) days.  The complete details will be available when we post the agenda for the emergency meeting.

The Town of Surfside Beach continues to work hard to ensure all services be provided during this emergency. I thank everyone who helps to check-in on your friends and neighbors to ensure their safety.

Please Note: We do not have plans to close our beach or restrict our residents any more than necessary as we address all issues that will affect your safety and wellbeing.

Please continue your emails to bhellyer@surfsidebeach.org with your questions, comments and feedback.                  Stay Safe and God Bless… Mayor Bob Hellyer  /S/


Mayor Hellyer’s Daily Update

March 23, 2020

As of today, DHEC reports 195 cases of COVID19 in SC. There are currently 16 cases reported in Horry County.

We are continuing to aggressively take precautions to protect our residents.  We have taken every action mandated by the Governor’s executive orders and worked vigorously to maintain

services.  In monitoring the beach this weekend, we saw most people observing our social- distancing rules.  The Surfside Beach Police Ambassadors are doing an excellent job maintaining order.  Since being told the beach’s public bathrooms are only being cleaned once a day (at 7 A.M.), I’ve asked the town administrator to work out a plan to have them cleaned more often.  I’ve also requested a sign be posted at each bathroom with a cleaning schedule and to notify the public of being cautious when in use.

Many are asking about testing for COVID19.  Yesterday, I spoke with the physician at Surfside Beach’s “Doctor’s Care” office.  He stated that no one is being routinely tested and there are only a few test sites available.  It’s advised that before any testing can be authorized, you must first speak to an online virtual care provider (see the “Who Do I Call” information below).

I’m working with Jerribob’s on 17 South to help the town with implementing a “community check-in” approach for helping one another during this time of uncertainty. Feel free to participate. They will be handing out red and green signs for you to place in your windows (green means all is okay and red means you need help). There will be more to follow as we develop a protocol. Thank you Jerribob’s. Please continue to check up on your neighbors.

Many continue to ask me about the Business 17 construction and the service roads at N 5th Ave and Platt Rd.  Surfside Beach’s Public Works tell me these service roads will remain closed at these intersections permanently.  I have requested a drawing of the final design.  Again, more to come as information is available.

Local restaurants - The Town Facebook page has a list of local restaurants offering drive-thru and carry-out services.  This page is constantly changing, so please keep town hall informed so that we can maintain our page. Let’s support our local businesses as best we can.

We love our visitors and we appreciate your patronage over the years.  Due to the current health crisis, we are asking you to consider postponing any trips to Surfside Beach or the Grand Strand until the crisis is behind us.  We look forward to seeing your families and you then.

I want to “Thank You” for your emails at bhellyer@surfsidebeach.org with your questions, comments and feedback. It’s very important to me that we stay in touch more so then ever. 

Stay Safe and God Bless…

 /S/


Mayor Hellyer’s Daily Update

March 20, 2020

As of today, DHEC reports 81 cases of COVID19 in SC. There are currently 6 cases reported in Horry County.

The Governor has added new restrictions today. This is to include making it unlawful to congregate, unless authorized or in their homes, in groups of three or more and to refuse to disperse upon order of a law enforcement officer.  Coastal residents can responsibly maintain social distance while enjoying our state’s beaches.

We have not considered closing our beaches or implementing a curfew.

To comply with the Governor’s order, Chief Hoffman has stated that he will deploy a Beach Services Officer a little early in the season and have them on the beach to help with social distancing.  I do not believe that this will be an issue.  Many thanks to Chief Hoffman for being proactive.

The Town Administrator has informed me that all services of the town will remain in effect. While the offices are closed to the public, we are still providing services via telephone, drop boxes and email. A special thanks to all of our town employees.

I did go down to the beach this afternoon and there were a lot of people there.  People seemed to be spaced out accordingly, and everyone seemed to be enjoying our great weather.  This is the first time that I have seen the Yaupon parking lot filled.

Local restaurants - The Town Facebook page has a list of local restaurants offering drive-thru and carry-out services.  This page has been updated and everyone should be included now.

Feel free to email me at bhellyer@surfsidebeach.org with your questions.  Please continue to check on your neighbors.  Have a great weekend.

Stay Safe and God Bless…       /S/


Mayor Hellyer’s Daily Update

March 19, 2020

As of today, DHEC reports 60 cases of COVID19 in SC. There is one new case in Horry County, making it a total of five persons.

The Governor has added new restrictions today.  All hospitals are to restrict visitations.  All municipal employees are to work from home except for those designated as essential personnel. 

This will affect our town services and the results will be posted tomorrow.

On a personal note… while I was driving through town, it is nice to see active people while practicing social distancing.  Please remember, social distancing recommends you interact from a distance of at least 6 feet away.

Local restaurants - The Town Facebook page has a list of local restaurants offering drive-thru and carry-out services.  If your business is not listed, please contact the Town Hall and ask your restaurant and phone number be added .  Let’s make sure you are included!

In case you were wondering - The water tower behind the Golden Egg restaurant is undergoing upkeep.  I spoke with the contractor today and he explained the water tower should be completed in about a week (weather permitting). It will be the same color as before, off white, with the same Surfside Beach “the family beach” logo.

Teleconferencing - We are working towards scheduling teleconferences for Town Council meeting(s) to allow residents’ ability to call-in and monitor public meeting(s). I’ll have more information about this soon.

I ask that you please bear with us as we all endure this unfortunate event. Feel free to email me at bhellyer@surfsidebeach.org with your questions and I will work to return a response as best I can.

Please continue to check on your neighbors.  Stay Safe and God Bless…       /S/


Mayor Hellyer’s Daily Update

March 18, 2020

Dear residents… It is most critical for all to be informed of events as they are unfolding. During this important period, I intend to publish a daily update of information for the public until further notice. Our town needs to be pro-active in following measures to limit human exposure to COVID-19. The following updates affects everybody:

  • Schools are currently closed.
  • State taxes will not be due until June 1, 2020.
  • All town events and meetings are postponed until further notice.
  • As of this morning, all restaurants in South Carolina will not be allowed to conduct dine-in services. Restaurants may have drive-up and take-out services only.
  • Surfside Beach Town offices will be operating under normal business hours; however, the public cannot enter these premises and I ask that you contact personnel by telephone and email for services and your questions as needed.

     

    I ask that you please bear with us as we all endure this current event. Feel free to email me at bhellyer@surfsidebeach.org with your questions and I will work to return a response as best I can.

    Please be mindful of others during this situation by reaching out to those in need of assistance.  My daily updates will be posted on the Town’s website, Facebook page and newsletter.  If you haven’t done so, you can sign-up for the newsletter on the home page of www.surfsidebeach.org

    Lastly, if you are able, please but sure to support our local businesses.  Thank you. 

    Stay safe and God Bless!   /S/


Message from Town Hall

The Town of Surfside Beach offices are closed in order to help prevent the spread of the Coronavirus. Many things are changing daily as we receive new and updated information from Federal, State and Local agencies.  We will continue to update you with new developments and information.   
Beginning today, you can reach town staff via the telephone or by email.  Permit request and plans can be dropped off at the Planning Department in the drop box located adjacent to the door.  Payments for renewals, permits, etc. can be made over the telephone.  Please use the following numbers to contact the various departments: Building and Codes or Planning call 843-913-6341; for Town Hall, general questions or business licenses call 843-913-6111.  Municipal Court, call 843-913-6337. Public Works, call 843-913-6360; Police Department non-emergency 843-913-6368 or 911 for emergencies; Fire Department non-emergency 843-913-6369 or 911 for emergencies.
Governor Henry McMaster ordered effective today, all restaurants and bars are required to close dine-in service.  We encourage you to utilize take-out, curbside or drive-thru service.  We ask that you patronize your local businesses when possible.  
Working together we can all help minimize the chances of exposure and spreading the virus. We thank you for your patience and understanding.  Please feel free to reach out if you need any assistance.
 
 

Telehealth Virtual Care Providers (COVID-19)


https://www.scdhec.gov/health/infectious-diseases/viruses/coronavirus-disease-2019-covid-19/telehealth-virtual-care-providers-covid-19

Several South Carolina health systems are offering telehealth options to the public. These options are available to anyone experiencing COVID-19 symptoms in South Carolina. In order to access the free consult, use the promo code COVID19.

Also, Self Regional Healthcare is offering telephone screening.


Hurricane Disaster Relief

 

Please refer to these documents for information about disaster relief.  The South Carolina Emergency Management Division (SCEMD) will open a Disaster Recovery Centers as applicable. 

 

SCEMD and FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency) Contact Information

 

FEMA Fact Sheets

 

Here you will find links and information that is essential when preparing for and tracking hurricanes and other tropical depressions.