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2021 Town Council Election Candidates 

Town of Surfside Beach,


We are less than one week away from the 2021 municipal election. Hopefully you’ve had a chance to speak with each of the candidates and learn about them and their platforms.


The candidates in this year's election each provided a statement about who they are and why they feel you should vote for them.


Please take a moment to read through what they have to say. The candidates are listed alphabetically by first name.


CLICK HERE for candidate profiles.


Polls are open 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 2.

Posted by Robert Blomquist 10/26/2021

Town Council Workshop Scheduled 


A Town Council Workshop has been scheduled for Thursday, Oct. 21 at 10 a.m. to discuss amendments to Chapter 4 of the Town Code of Ordinances - Business licenses, Permits and Regulations.


The meeting will be held in the Dick M. Johnson Civic Center.

Posted by Robert Blomquist 10/19/2021

Town Services Limited (OCT. 27, 28 & 29) 


Please note, business services through Town Hall will be limited next Wednesday - Friday (Oct. 27 - Oct. 29), as staff transitions in to the new Town Hall building.

Anyone seeking Town business licenses or permits should secure those by Tue. Oct. 26.

The Town's emergency services will not be interrupted during this time.

Posted by Robert Blomquist 10/19/2021

Dogwood Swash Culvert Project 

The Dogwood Swash culvert bridge is starting to take shape. Concrete box culverts are now on site and being installed.

Stormwater will flow through these boxes providing greater resiliency to storms and storm surge, mitigating future flooding issues.

With this phase of the project underway the contractor hopes to have the project complete and that section of Ocean Boulevard back open by the end of November.

(Concrete culvert boxes sit along Ocean Blvd. awaiting installation.)

(A section of Dogwood Swash, between Dogwood Lake and Ocean Blvd)

Posted by Robert Blomquist 10/18/2021

Statement on the passing of former Mayor Doug Samples 

The Town of Surfside Beach mourns the passing of former Mayor Doug Samples, and expresses its deepest sympathies and condolences to his family and friends.

Mr. Samples served the Town of Surfside Beach for many years. He volunteered with the town’s stormwater committee from 2000 through 2002 before running for a position on the Surfside Beach Town Council.

Mr. Samples was first elected to serve on Council in 2002, and served for three terms before being elected mayor in 2012. He served as mayor until 2016.

Mayor Samples was honored by the South Carolina House of Representatives with a House Resolution in May 2016, recognizing him for his focus on “improving and maintaining the quality of life… by directing efforts to improve public infrastructure to retain the town’s ‘family beach’ atmosphere and image, supporting the town’s tourism industry, and encouraging business investment.”

Information about funeral arrangements will be provided by Goldfinch Funeral Home.

Posted by Robert Blomquist 10/15/2021

Political Signs 

We are less than 3 weeks away from the local Town Council election.
Political signs are allowed, but must not be placed within public right-of-way.

In most instances a good primary guide is to keep signs behind telephone and power poles. Or in the absence of such poles, a good rule of thumb is at least 15 feet from the edge of the road.

In some locations along Ocean Blvd that right-of-way is at least 25 feet from the edge of the road.

Candidates are welcome to check adjacent to the dumpster behind the Surfside Beach Police Department for any signs that may have been removed.

Political signs must also be removed within 5 days of the election.

For more information on the Town’s regulations regarding signs, please refer to the Town’s Code of Ordinances: Chapter 17, Article VI, Sec. 17-623(D).


Posted by Robert Blomquist 10/15/2021

Results – Oct. 11 Town Council Meeting 


The Surfside Beach Town Council met at the Dick M. Johnson Civic Center on Tuesday, October 11, for a Meeting (6:30 p.m.).

COMMUNICATIONS included a quarterly report (July 1, 2021 – Sept. 30, 2021) from the Surfside Beach Fire Department, delivered by Chief Rob Clemons. In the report Chief Clemons outlined some of the departments successes and improvement areas. Chief Clemons also provided an update on department staffing as well as plans for an organizational audit, and the setting of department/division goals and objectives.

Chapter 8, Article 5, Sec. 8-68 was discussed as it relates to communication by candidates for Town Council. After discussion Council passed a motion to suspend Sec. 8-68, line (b), until after the upcoming Nov. 2, 2021, town election.



-- Town Council passed Article 1 of Chapter 4 (Business Licenses and Permits). The remaining articles of Chapter 4 will be discussed at a Town Council Workshop, date to be determined.

-- Town Council passed First Reading of Ordinance 21-0942 to rezone the parcels of land purchased for the new Town Hall from their current zoning to Public Land (PL).

-- Town Council passed First Reading of Ordinance 21-0937 an ordinance to update the flood damage prevention and adopt new flood insurance rate maps.

-- Town Council passed Resolution 21-0141 – Workplace Safety.


If you would like to review any of the ordinances mentioned previously, please access the October 11 interactive meeting agenda here:

Posted by Robert Blomquist 10/13/2021

Town Council Meeting Rescheduled 

Next week's Town Council meeting has been rescheduled to Monday, October 11 at 6:30 p.m.

The meeting will still take place inside the Dick M. Johnson Civic Center.


Update: Software  

Good morning Surfside.
We have uncovered an issue with document conversion that may have resulted in grammatical inconsistencies in a few of our recent publications. Since discovered we have implemented additional checks that will reduce the likelihood that this will happen in the future. We apologize for any confusion.
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