Age | 73
Address | 1233 Pine Valley Road, North Myrtle Beach
Occupation | retired, GE executive as chief consulting engineer, aircraft engines
Family | Mary, wife of 52 years; four children, seven grandchildren
Civic and political experience | civic: member, Our Lady Star of the Sea, Eucharist and hospital ministry, Knights of Columbus, Ancient Order of Hibernians (Catholic men), Optimists Club North Strand; political: former school board president in Massachusetts, member of North Myrtle Beach City Council at large (12 years)
Education | Bachelor of Science in math, manufacturing engineering certified, Fordham University
Military experience | commissioned officer, U.S. Army Air Defense Command
Contact information | 222-7777 (cell), email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org
Question | Is the city doing a good job of balancing the needs of residents with those of tourists?
Answer | Absolutely. In the last few years, we have established a major update to the community center at Possum Trot, an outstanding aquatics and fitness center, a major new North Myrtle Beach Library, a new historical museum, beach refurbishment, better ocean outfalls to improve ocean water quality and will open in March a large, 160-acre sports park facility, with two dog parks, walking and running paths, an amphitheater and lots of picnic and festival capability. Plus we did this and maintained the lowest property tax rate in the county.
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 | With the new sports park, we already annexed 1,600 acres of prime land across the Intracoastal Waterway, split zoned commercial and residential, and designated a Grissom Parkway-like new road that will eventually link Edge Parkway to Watertown Road and S.C. 31. The new commercial properties will enable us to get more non-tourism companies, with high-paying jobs, and the residential offers future lower-cost, away-from-the-ocean, residential opportunities for the new workers needed.