Myrtle Beach notebook | Construction of new light under way at intersection near Coastal Grand mall

Construction of new light under way at intersection near Coastal Grand mall

mprabhu@thesunnews.comOctober 22, 2012 

— Residents are beginning to see evidence of a new traffic signal at the intersection of Pine Island Road and Oak Forest Lane near Coastal Grand mall.

It is hoped that the installation of the light will be complete before Black Friday shopping traffic hits the intersection near Best Buy, one of the worst in Myrtle Beach for accidents, said city of Myrtle Beach engineer Patrick Sadek.

“My wife won’t even go that way,” he said.

The $125,000 project, which began last week, is scheduled to last 30 days and Sadek said he anticipates it to be completed a little early.

“We’re looking to finish construction around November 15th and get the lights up around the 20th of November,” Sadek said.

Sadek said once the light is installed, it will be a flashing yellow light on Pine Island Road for about five days.

“It will let people get used to there being a new intersection there. Then we’ll turn on the timers we’ve programmed,” he said.

Myrtle Beach NAACP holding elections Nov. 12

Myrtle Beach branch NAACP President Mickey James will face off against Tiffany Andrews in the officer elections to be held at the group’s next meeting on Nov. 12.

Ed Wilson is running unopposed to become the second vice president. All other officers are running unopposed to continue in their positions. Local branch elections are held every two years.

Andrews said she believes there’s room for growth in the branch.

“Whenever people hear about the NAACP they seem to think of only the negative side – lawsuits and boycotts. I want to focus on positive things … like education advancements and facilitation race relations awareness and diversity awareness,” she said.

Wilson said he served as the third vice president for the Conway branch of the NAACP but moved his membership to Myrtle Beach about five years ago. If elected, it would be his first time serving as an officer for the Myrtle Beach branch.

Wilson said he supports Andrews in her campaign against James because she wants to take the branch in a new direction.

“I think it’s time for a change from doing things the old way,” he said.

Members in good standing are eligible to vote in the election during the meeting, which will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Nov. 12 at the Canal Street Recreation Center, 901 Canal St., in Myrtle Beach.

Second hearing on changes to election process

The Myrtle Beach City Council will hold a second public hearing at 2 p.m. Tuesday, directly before the council meeting, to hear thoughts from residents on proposed changes to the election process.

No one spoke on the changes when the ordinance was introduced Oct. 9.

The ordinance would change the window for notifying the city of one’s intention to run for council from “not more than 45 days nor less than 30 days” prior to the election to “not more than 75 days nor less than 60 days” prior to the election. The earlier time frame is to give ample time for absentee balloting.

The ordinance also would change the election date from the “first Tuesday in November” to the “first Tuesday after the first Monday in November.”

Contact reporter MAYA T. PRABHU at 444-1722 or follow her at

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