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Mayor Hellyer's Weekly Update 

May 20, 2022

This week is Bike Week. Oh yes, I can hear the thunder! I am sure you have noticed all of the bikes around town. All of our businesses are benefiting from their visit. Knock wood, we have not had major incidents. The police department is vigilantly enforcing speed and noise ordinances. Please be careful when driving.

Did you get a chance to see the WORRELL 100 RACE? The approximately 1000-mile catamaran boat race made a brief stop in Surfside Beach as competitors race up the east coast. This race originated in Hollywood, FL, and will conclude in Virginia Beach, VA. Check out the pictures and videos on our Town Facebook page. 

Keep Surfside Beach Beautiful had its first Beach Sweep of the summer season last Saturday. The turnout was great. Thank you to all who participated. Painter’s Ice Cream had 11 employees join the fun. The next Beach Sweep is June 11th. Mark your calendar and bring food donations for Helping Hands.

This Sunday, May 22, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., there will be Music in the Park. The band, 8 Track Memories will be playing. Bring the kids and join us for a comfortable seat under the trees at Memorial Park. 

Don’t forget! On Monday, May 30, our annual MEMORIAL DAY GOLF CART PARADE will begin at 10:00 a.m. starting on 13th Avenue South -AND- the MEMORIAL DAY SERVICE at 2:00 PM in Memorial Park. I encourage you to pre-register on the Town’s Facebook for the parade using the link provided. The decoration is patriotic! If you would like to purchase a plaque for our Veterans Memorial Wall to honor and memorialize a family member, please click on this link:

I really appreciate the hard work of all the town employees. Next time you see them out and about, be sure to give them a wave and tell them how much you appreciate them for keeping our town safe, clean, and beautiful.

I look forward to hearing from you. Reach out to the other council members, take time to attend the Town’s committee meetings, and share your comments and concerns. Please be sure to support our local businesses. Thank you. 

Stay safe and God Bless!  
Mayor Bob Hellyer /s/

Posted by Robert Blomquist 05/20/2022

Worrell 1000 returns to Surfside Beach 

SURFSIDE BEACH, SC (May 17, 2022) - The Worrell 1000 Race, a catamaran boat race, returned this year following a hiatus during the COVID-19 pandemic.

And with the return to racing, the event returned to Surfside Beach as one of its multiple stops up the east coast.

The approximately 1000-mile race was established in 1976.

The race started on May 9, in Hollywood FL, and will conclude on May 21, in Virginia Beach VA.

Boats arrived at Surfside Beach, Monday night, May 16, from Folly Beach.

Team Clean Sailors, Christopher Green/Matthieu Manfaing, were the first team to arrive, shortly before 4 p.m.

Team Rudee's, Randy Smyth/Dalton Tebo, and Team Allen, William Sunnucks/Mark Self, from the UK were the second and third teams to arrive. 

Thirteen teams representing six different countries, including Australia, the Czech Republic, the Netherlands, and the UK, are competing this year.

Wednesday morning, before racers launched for the next leg of the race, town council members got a chance to meet some of the racers to talk with them about the race, what it takes to compete, and wish them well on their journey. 

Many onlookers also showed up to watch the excitement firsthand.

Albeit a short stay, racers and the race committee say they appreciate the support from the Town. "The Race Committee of the Worrell 1000 Race is deeply grateful for the hospitality and engagement that the Town and its elected officials showed us for our brief stop on our way to Virginia. We are looking forward to collaborating on future events," said Worrell 1000 communications director Beverly Simmons.

The race teams launched at 10 a.m. Tuesday, for the 8th leg of the competition, headed for Wrightsville Beach, NC.

You can follow the race at



Posted by Robert Blomquist 05/17/2022

Mayor Hellyer's Weekly Update 

May 13, 2022

At Tuesday’s Town Council Meeting, we passed Proclamation (#22-137) proclaiming May 2022 as LUPUS AWARENESS MONTH and May 10th as LUPUS AWARENESS DAY. I encourage all residents to work together to raise awareness of the need for continued research into the cause and a cure for this chronic, debilitating disease and offer support to the victims and their families and friends it affects.

All residents are encouraged to attend our Town Council meetings in person or via video conferencing. This link, will take you directly to the 2022 schedule of meetings. You can scroll to the next agenda date and click to open the document(s) attached. The site provides agenda information, how to attend electronically, and points of contact for help.

Keep Surfside Beach Beautiful will have its first Beach Sweep of the summer season on Saturday, May 14, from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. at the 3rd Ave North beach assess. Bags and gloves will be provided. This year they will also be collecting donations for the South Strand Helping Hands of non-perishable food items. I encourage our town’s committee members to attend and lend their support. Grab a neighbor and come on down for an hour. You never know who you will meet. Help keep our beaches beautiful.

On Sunday, May 15 through Monday, May 16, 2022, from 8:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m., the Surf Dreams Foundation will host a “Take a Kid Surfing Day and Surf Contest" at the Holiday Inn Surfside Beach. For more detail, go to

Put your hands together and get comfortable under the trees at Memorial Park this Sunday, May 15 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. for our Music in the Park. The band, N'tranze will be playing.  

As you may know, I want to remind everyone that the speed limit on Ocean Blvd between 1st Avenue S and 1st Avenue N has been reduced to 10 MPH. There are crosswalks and stop signs also posted on Surfside Drive and Ocean Blvd. Please be careful when walking across Ocean Blvd near the pier. I expect there will be many more tourists coming for Bike Week. 

I look forward to hearing from you. Reach out to the other Council Members with your comments and concerns. Please but sure to support our local businesses. Thank you. 


Stay safe and God Bless!   /s/

Posted by Robert Blomquist 05/13/2022

Trailer parking during bike rallies 

SURFSIDE BEACH, SC (May 13, 2022) - Over the next two weeks many people will visit Surfside Beach and the Grand Strand.

Within the Town of Surfside Beach, free motorcycle trailer parking is allowed in the 13th Avenue South parking lot and the 16th Avenue North parking lot during all bike rallies. Owners shall be solely responsible for any damage or loss that may occur.

Parked trailers may only occupy a single parking space and must not obstruct vehicular traffic.

The Town does allow trailer parking within the Yaupon Parking lot only, at either the daily or weekly rate. Daily or weekly receipts must be posted on the trailer and the trailer must fit within a single space.


Posted by Robert Blomquist 05/13/2022

Council issues proclamation declaring May Lupus Awareness Month in Surfside Beach 

SURFSIDE BEACH, SC (May 11, 2022) - Tuesday night Mayor Bob Hellyer and Town Council proclaimed the month of May as Lupus Awareness Month and May 10, 2022, as Lupus Awareness Day in the Town of Surfside Beach.

Following the meeting, they were joined by Lynn Manchester whose daughter, Barbi, has battled Lupus for the past 15 years.

Lupus is a disease that occurs when your body's immune system attacks your own tissues and organs.

To learn more about Barbi and her fight with Lupus check out her Facebook page:


Posted by Robert Blomquist 05/11/2022

Statement on the passing of former Council member Bruce Dietrich 

SURFSIDE BEACH, SC (May 5, 2022) – The Town of Surfside Beach mourns the passing of former Town Councilmember Bruce H. Dietrich Jr and expresses its deepest sympathies and condolences to his family and friends.
Mr. Dietrich served as a council member from April 2018 until November 2021.
A memorial service will take place this Saturday, May 7, 2022, at 1 p.m. in West Reading, PA.
Condolences may be expressed at

Bruce Dietrich (Photo Courtesy: Edward J. Kuhn Funeral Home)
Posted by Robert Blomquist 05/05/2022

Town adjusts speed limit along Ocean Blvd. in E District 

SURFSIDE BEACH, SC (May 3, 2022) – At the direction of the Town Council, the Town of Surfside Beach Public Works Department has installed new speed limit signs along a portion of Ocean Boulevard in the Town’s E District (near the intersection of Ocean Blvd. and Surfside Drive).

The new signs notify drivers the speed limit along that stretch of Ocean Boulevard is now 10 miles per hour.

This reduces vehicular speeds in the approximate 2-block area down from 25 miles per hour.

The change, which is part of other approved Parking Committee recommendations, is an effort to improve pedestrian safety in the area.

While the speed limit in the area has changed, pedestrians should continue to utilize nearby crosswalks when crossing Ocean Blvd.


Posted by Robert Blomquist 05/03/2022

Notification of Town meetings and actions 

SURFSIDE BEACH, SC (May 3, 2022) – The Town of Surfside Beach, as a public organization, endeavors to be open and transparent in its work. 

The Town has measures to ensure full compliance with all SC FOIA laws.

Per state law, all formal actions of the Town’s elected officials are held in open and public meetings. 

The Town uses multiple channels, such as the Town’s website, social media platforms, and local news outlets, to promote and publicize, in a timely fashion, meetings of elected officials and their work.


Posted by Robert Blomquist 05/03/2022

Town Council budget workshop rescheduled 

Thursday, May 5, 2022 at 10 a.m.

SURFSIDE BEACH, SC (May 2, 2022) - The Town budget workshop scheduled for Tuesday, May 3, 2022, is rescheduled for Thursday, May 5, 2022, at 10 a.m.
The meeting is to discuss the proposed budget for the fiscal year 2022 - 2023.
The meeting will take place in the Town's Civic Center.
An agenda for the meeting can be found on the Council's 2022 agendas and minutes page.


Posted by Robert Blomquist 05/02/2022


Tuesday, May 3, 2022

SURFSIDE BEACH, SC (May 2, 2022) - Please be aware tomorrow, Tuesday, May 3, 2022, starting at 8 a.m., the roadway adjacent to the pier construction site will be closed to accommodate construction associated with the pier.

It is unknown how long the area will be closed to traffic, but contractors tell the Town they will complete the work expeditiously.

Beachgoers may still access the beach using the walkway entrance adjacent to the pier from N. Seaside Drive.


Posted by Robert Blomquist 05/02/2022
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