Established | March 14, 1964
Origin of name | Formerly called Roach’s Beach, the town changed ownership in 1952 and adopted the new name.
What’s grand about it | Surfside Beach is called the family beach and keeps that title with only one major hotel – the Holiday Inn – on its northern limit. The waterfront has no high rises and no smoking is allowed on the beaches in town.
Major events | Annual Christmas tree lighting ceremony, an auto show featuring antique cars and several street festivals including a barbecue and bluegrass event in March and a fall family festival. Sunday Serenades concert series runs at a park beside the library featuring local acoustic musicians.
Major employers | Crabby Mike’s seafood buffet, Piggly Wiggly, Surfside Realty, Town of Surfside Beach and Bi-Lo.
What’s new | The pier restaurant space is now filled with the Surf Diner, open at 6:30 a.m. daily.
Property tax rate | 40 mills
Numbers to know
Town Hall | 843-913-6111
Parks and Recreation | 843-650-4131
Mayor | Doug Samples, 843-232-8902
Mayor pro tem | Mary Beth Mabry, 843-638-3121
Councilmember | Rod Smith, 843-238-0189
Councilmember | Ann Dodge, 843-828-0398
Councilmember | Mark Johnson, 843-238-4850
Councilmember | Randle Stevens, 843-839-3768