Important Local Updates
**Updated July 2, 2020**
Face masks required... The Myrtle Beach City Council unanimously supported a public mask requirement during a special Council meeting on July 2. This requires residents and visitors to wear a cloth facemask at retail and foodservice establishments, as well as in public spaces at overnight accommodations.
** Exemptions from the mask requirement include when on the beach, when walking, when doing indoor or outdoor physical activity, in a car, in an unenclosed area of a retail or foodservice establishment, while actually eating, when working in a private office, within the same household as other family members or when an underlying medical condition precludes wearing a mask.
Effective Saturday, July 11 at 11 p.m., Governor McMaster is prohibiting the sale of
alcoholic beverages in all bars and restaurants throughout the state after 11 p.m. each night.
Myrtle Beach public beach access are open.
Paid Parking is in effect, so please remember to pay your parking meter.
Restaurants have been offering outdoor dining and takeout throughout the pandemic.
Restaurants are now allowed to open their indoor dining at 50% capacity.
Effective May 22, 2020, attraction facilities are permitted to re-open.
Downtown Master Plan
The City of Myrtle Beach and MBDRC hired and partnered with Benchmark Planning to work closely with City Council on the creation of a Downtown Master Plan. The consultants and City Council developed a vision for a new Downtown Myrtle Beach based on the identity of 4 key areas in the Downtown: Oceanfront, Historic Main Street, Kings Highway Corridor, and a new Arts & Innovation District.
Historical Tax Credits
The National Tax Credit Program was implemented by the federal government in 1976 to help the private sector preserve historic buildings by providing a 20% federal tax credit for the rehabilitation of these historic buildings. While not downtown, we are still excited to see this credit being implemented at the Historic Waikiki Village Motel on 15th Ave. South.
Opportunity Zones 506 and 507 are at the center of the Grand Strand's tourism industry. These include the US HWY 501 Gateway into the heart of the Downtown Redevelopment District, a 1.5 mile Oceanfront Boardwalk, SBA HUBZone designation, several residential communities, Highway Commercial zoning, undeveloped and underdeveloped parcels, and so much more "opportunity!"