Myrtle Beach notebook | Do you share a birthday with the city?

mprabhu@thesunnews.comJanuary 21, 2013 

— As part of the celebration for Myrtle Beach’s 75th anniversary, city staff is searching for anyone who was born the day the city was incorporated.

Anyone who was born on March 12, 1938 – the day the corporate charter was issued – is asked to contact city staff at 843-918-1014 or info@cityofmyrtlebeach.com.

The city aims to recognize local residents whose birthdays coincide with the 75th anniversary at the City Council meeting held March 12.

City spokesman Mark Kruea presented a list of possible activities to celebrate the 75th anniversary to the City Council last week. No final decisions have yet been made about activities and the list is a set of suggestions, Kruea said.

The celebrations would begin in March and last through February 2014, Kruea said.

Other suggested 75th anniversary activities include:

• air show and party in June

• public reception for founding families and businesses

• birthday card contest for school children

• local bands concert day

• fireworks

• 75 days of summer featuring a Myrtle Beach activity, event or destination with a “passport” for participants to collect stamps

• essay contest for high school and/or college students describing what Myrtle Beach would be like in 75 years

City to reveal volunteer of the year Wednesday

The city of Myrtle Beach will recognize about 500 people at the annual Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon on Wednesday afternoon.

Volunteers serve on various boards and committees while others donate time and talent to recreation programs, at Chapin Memorial Library and at the police and fire departments.

One person will be recognized as the city’s volunteer of the year during Wednesday’s luncheon.

Green lasers back on council agenda

The City Council is scheduled to vote on the second reading of an ordinance that would regulate the sale and use of laser pointers.

The ordinance was scheduled to be voted on at the last council meeting but was continued to allow the Horry County Council to vote on its ordinance. The City Council plans to mirror its ordinance after the one passed by the county.

The County Council approved an ordinance that prohibits the sale of laser pointers to those under the age of 18, and the strength of the devices can’t exceed 1 milliwatt. Additionally, those using lasers for professional purposes, such as educators, contractors or public safety officials, would be exempt.

The City Council introduced its ordinance in December, which would require anyone purchasing a laser pointer to sign a receipt containing a written warning about improper use of the device.

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

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