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Posted on: August 19, 2022

[ARCHIVED] Mayor Hellyer's Weekly Update - Aug. 19, 2022

Mayor Hellyers Weekly Update

You may have noticed tree trimmers in your neighborhood recently. Santee Cooper has contractors trimming branches around powerlines throughout town, starting on the south end and working their way north. The tree trimming and vegetation control efforts will protect the health of individual trees, redirect growth away from the power lines, and encourage plant and wildlife biodiversity. You can report tree limbs touching power lines by calling Santee Cooper at 843/347-3399, select option “4” to connect with a customer service representative. Please be careful when approaching the workers. 

And speaking of Santee Cooper, on Monday, August 15, I was presented with a check for $123,000 to the Town as part of our franchise agreement that allows the use of the public rights-of-way for electrical services throughout town. This payment covers six months of franchise fees from the utility. Thank you, Santee Cooper.


We are currently installing a new restroom facility at All Children’s Park and the Community Garden. The Public Works Department has been on the job. On Thursday, a crane unloaded and positioned the pre-constructed building. Visitors will continue to use the existing restrooms while our Public Works complete the installation. Visit our Facebook for pictures of the work in progress. 


On Thursday, we held a council workshop with the Pier Committee, the architect, and engineers for a discussion about electrical power needs on the pier. There is much consideration being given to the future uses of the end of the pier. It is important that planning be done now while we are in this time of construction. More information is needed. This is a complex issue, but we are moving in the right direction. Oh, and you may also have noticed that siding on one of the buildings has been installed. It’s looking better.


The 19th annual Guy Daniels Memorial SurfOff event will begin its two-day event on Saturday, August 20, in Surfside Beach at the 13th Avenue S beach access. The proceeds of this event go to the Guy Daniels Memorial Foundation which provides scholarships to local students based on need. 


Music in the Park will feature the “City Lights Trio” this Sunday, August 21, starting at 4 p.m. in Memorial Park. It’s nice to see so many folks enjoying the music. The weather has been perfect. Bring a chair and enjoy the time with your neighbors and other visitors.


The nominations for September’s Yard-of-the Month will be announced soon. Vote via Facebook or an email to


Save the date - - September 7th for Surfside Beach's “Employee Appreciation Day.” 


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