Louis Lou P. Palm
Age | 62
Address | 670 Second Ave. N., Unit 1, North Myrtle Beach
Occupation | preparedness coordinator, Palmetto S.C. region of the American Red Cross, based in Myrtle Beach; deployed to eight national disaster operations in the past two years with the Red Cross
Family | wife Donna of 41 years, two grown daughters, six grandchildren
Civic and political experience | none
Education | Masters of Business Administration (concentration in management), Strayer University, Washington, D.C., 2006
Military experience | 27-plus years in the U.S. Army. Served as a combat medic with the 173rd Airborne Brigade in the Republic of Vietnam from 1970-71. Held additional assignments in Germany and with the 101st Airborne Division in Kentucky. Served as a special forces medic, team sergeant and company sergeant major. Selected to represent the Special Forces community on the Joint Staff and retired as a sergeant major from the Special Operations Division of the Joint Staff at the Pentagon in Washington, D.C., in 1997
Contact information | loupalm.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, 251-9823
Question | Is the city doing a good job of balancing the needs of residents with those of tourists?
Answer | This is the basis of my campaign. Residential quality of life is not balanced with either businesses or tourists. Local ordinances do not appear to be as stringently enforced during prime tourist season as during the shoulder seasons. Business and revenue income seem to be the driving force of the current administration. Retired income is fixed, and entry-level jobs provide limited incomes. Neither provide for much discretionary spending. Before the city commits to spending residential income, communication with the residents is a must to ensure the costs benefit the year-round resident. City facilities and activities cannot continue to be funded by the accommodations tax. As the recession proved, a successful tourist season is not always assured. Each action taken by the city council must answer the question, How will this affect and benefit the residents of our city?
Question | What can the city do to bring more jobs to the area and/or support younger families as well as the retiree population?
Answer | In the near term, sports tourism will extend the tourist season as we know it and should cause current hospitality jobs to be made permanent. The added hours will thus help our younger residents. With the opening of the sports complex, opportunities may present themselves for the retired community to obtain full- or part-time jobs. The city needs to ensure residents of all ages have the opportunity to fill these positions as year-round jobs. Coordination with businesses and the chamber of commerce will be vital to make this successful as we move forward. In the long term, we need to continue the development of wind energy. Given the property purchase west of S.C. 31, development of aspects to increase research and development of wind energy business may be able move forward. To meet these requirements, higher education facilities need to be expanded to North Myrtle Beach. Both Horry-Georgetown Technical College and Coastal Carolina University should be encouraged to export higher education facilities to our city.