Myrtle Beach notebook | City facilities bring in $170K

mprabhu@thesunnews.comDecember 17, 2012 

— The city of Myrtle Beach saw an increase in revenue generated from the sale of facility use permits in 2012 over the year before.

The city issued 518 facility use permits in through November 2012 and brought in $170,142 in revenue. That’s up from $145,987 in 2011, when there 517 facility use permits were issued.

`Fees collected include the facility use application fees, staffing, move in and clean up fees for all facilities, according to city documents. The city requires the permits for the use of certain locations for holding various functions and events.

The city issued the most permits for the Train Depot, with 134, and 120 for the Base Recreation Center, and most of those were issued in August, when Farrah Abraham of MTV’s “16 and Pregnant” and “Teen Mom” spoke to children about the downfalls of teen pregnancy.

There were 52 special events in 2012 – two more than last year. The city government sponsored or co-sponsored seven events and 23 events were repeats from previous years.

In March, the city passed legislation that eliminated the special event application fee, which was $250.

“A number of the agencies that have special events were nonprofit agencies that were holding fundraisers,” Assistant City Manager John Pedersen said.

Pedersen said the city often waived the fee for the nonprofits and determined it was better to just eliminate the cost.

“It wasn’t a significant source of revenue for us,” he said. “The benefit of the event outweighed the [money raised from the fee].”

Don your ‘ugly’ sweaters

There’s one fashion show where the uglier the garment, the better.

The Oceanfront Merchants Association will host an ugly holiday sweater fashion show at 7 p.m. Saturday at Ocean Front Bar and Grill, located at Ninth Avenue North and the Boardwalk.

The fashion show will feature prizes for some of the ugliest sweaters and “models” can participate for free.

The event is part of OMA and the Downtown Redevelopment Corp.’s Holidays on the Boardwalk, which runs every Saturday through Feb. 24.

For more information, visit www.boardwalkchristmas.com.

City approves raise for manager

The Myrtle Beach City Council approved a 3 percent raise to City Manager Tom Leath’s salary at the Dec. 11 council meeting.

His salary increased from $164,800 to about $169,744.

Leath has served as city manager on one-year contracts since 1986, said city spokesman Mark Kruea. Each year his contract comes up for renegotiation and must be approved by City Council.

Holiday closings of city offices, trash schedule

City offices and facilities will be closed on Dec. 24 and 25 for the Christmas holiday. Offices will be closed again Jan. 1 for New Year’s Day.

Trash and recycling collections will be:

Zone 1 route will be serviced as usual Dec. 24;

Zone 2 and 3 routes both will be serviced Dec. 26;

Zone 4 route will be serviced as usual Dec. 27;

No collection services will be offered Dec. 21, Dec. 25 or Dec. 28.

Services will be offered regularly the week of Dec. 31 to Jan. 3

Call 918-2160 with questions.

Contact MAYA T. PRABHU at 444-1722 or follow her at Twitter.com/TSN_MPrabhu.

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