Age | 39
Address | 406 39th Ave. S., North Myrtle Beach, for 14 years, born and raised in Horry County
Occupation | owner, Myrtle Beach Chem-Dry Carpet and Upholstery Cleaning
Family | engaged, no children
Civic and political experience | Since 2009, I have served as a group leader of the Windy Hill Neighborhood Watch Group. I attended the citys first Citizens Police Academy, which introduced me to every aspect of our public safety department. Over the past two years, I regularly attended city council meetings.
Education | attended the College of Charleston
Military experience | none
Contact information | 267-9152 (cell), firstname.lastname@example.org
Question | Is the city doing a good job of balancing the needs of residents with those of tourists?
Answer | The city and chamber of commerce have done an excellent job promoting our city locally and nationally to bring millions of visitors to this beautiful place that we all call home. Tourists bring revenue to our city, which has provided growth for our local businesses, jobs for our residents and the lowest millage rate in Horry County. At the same time, the city has been able to maintain the high quality of life we enjoy and to keep North Myrtle Beach a family beach. I understand that strengthening the safety and success of our community requires a considerable amount of time and effort. To do this, we need to help our Public Safety Department with the enforcement of city laws and city ordinances by reviewing the citys budget and making sure they have the proper resources and tools to get the job done. I also believe that we need to build more neighborhood watch programs with increased support from the Public Safety Department... Balancing locals and tourists will always be something that the city will have to take into consideration as the city continues to grow.
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 | The city of North Myrtle Beach is already working hard at creating more jobs. With the addition of the new sports complex, and plans for commercial development around it, I think the city is headed in the right direction. The complex by itself will provide many jobs directly and indirectly. Because of the extra tourism it will attract, it will also bring jobs to all areas of our town. When a project like this comes into town, it has a trickle-down effect. Hotels, restaurants, grocery stores, retail shops and all businesses in between benefit and hire more people. Having more area to develop commercially will also attract larger companies. North Myrtle Beach is already an attractive place to live. Again, having the lowest millage rate in Horry County, we already attract many people to our town... We just need to continue to support an economic platform to bring higher-paying, year-round professional and technological jobs to our city while maintaining small, local business development. Our past leaders have set a precedent of great progress, and I believe we need to continue to improve North Myrtle Beach by managing our current responsibilities and anticipating our future needs.