Myrtle Beach notebook | Committee to present recommendations on digital signs

mprabhu@thesunnews.comFebruary 4, 2013 

— A committee will present recommendations to the Myrtle Beach Planning Commission Tuesday afternoon, discussing ways digital signs can be used in the city.

The City Council was scheduled to approve an ordinance last August that would permit the digital signs – also known as electronic variable messaging signs – within certain districts inside city limits, including in the downtown entertainment district and in commercial areas. The Planning Commission previously recommended that any electronic changeable signs should not have running animation and would not change text more than once every 60 minutes.

The committee, formed at the request of Mayor John Rhodes, had 180 days to take their findings back to the council so it can decide whether to move forward with an ordinance that would allow the signs in city limits.

That committee will present their recommendations to the Planning Commission during a workshop at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Allison Hardin, a planner with the city and the staff member assigned to the subcommittee, said the commission spent about a year in 2009 researching the impact of the signs.

One concern of those who opposed allowing the signs was that it could create visual clutter in the city.

The commission will meet in the first-floor conference room of City Hall, 937 Broadway, Myrtle Beach.

Chapin Library holds successful book sale

The Friends of Chapin Memorial Library held its annual book sale Friday and Saturday, offering hundreds of books for sale.

Books ranged from children’s to fiction and some media items, such as DVDs, also were available for purchase, said library director Bridget Livingston.

Livingston said books are pulled from the shelves throughout the year and saved for the annual sale.

Proceeds from the sale go to the Friends of Chapin Memorial Library, which supports the library, Livingston said. The money often is used toward the library’s programs and materials.

The group also accepted donations at the event, which was free to the public.

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

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