The mayor of Myrtle Beach is up for a roast, especially to, in a bigger picture, help salute the Salvation Army of Horry County for all of its service to the community.
John Rhodes will take the big seat Tuesday at the Salvation Army’s 2013 “Roast on the Coast,” at 7 p.m. at the Dunes Golf & Beach Club, 9000 N. Ocean Blvd., Myrtle Beach.
In a interview last month, the mayor, completing his second four-year term this year, didn’t utter one iota of nerves or trepidation about taking on this extracurricular task. After recovering from surgery this past winter to repair an aneurysm his brain, a roast might come across as a day at the beach for him.
They are able to be of those organizations that serve the needs of the people. They’ve always been recognized with angel trees, ringing the bell with the pots, and I think, with publicity from movies, especially Christmas movies ... even “Trading Places,” with Eddie Murphy and Dan Aykroyd putting some money in the pot.
I like the things we’ve done to help move forward in different directions of tourism, whether it was to our families on the beach ... sports tourism, and course, in between golf and sports, shopping tourism, which started with Waccamaw Pottery. ... It’s the different tentacles of tourism we have accomplished, and overall production to make us a tourism resort. I’m not sure if it’s ever complete. ...
It’s all those pieces of the puzzle. When you put those together, that has taken us from a small beach community to one of the top resort destinations in our country, and this has taken place in 75 years. We’re always looking for new things ... for what is the new thing that we reach out and grab a hold of.