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August 13, 2014

Chapin Memorial Library continues to celebrate Myrtle Beach history

Myrtle Beach’s first city manager will be the next speaker Saturday at the continuing series of discussions at the Chapin Memorial Library.

Myrtle Beach’s first city manager will be the next speaker Saturday at the continuing series of discussions at the Chapin Memorial Library.

The series, “Remembering Myrtle Beach,” came out of the city’s 75th birthday celebration last year and became an ongoing history program offered regularly at the library. The discussion will take place 11 a.m. Saturday at the library, 400 14th Ave. N. in Myrtle Beach.

Prior to David Stradinger joining the city, Myrtle Beach operated with a strong mayor form of government. Stradinger’s hire in 1973 changed the way the city governed to a “professional” form of government.

Stradinger now is co-owner of Dock Street Communities and serves on the Myrtle Beach Downtown Redevelopment Corp. board of directors.

“At that time the city was run out of a cigar box,” Stradinger said in an interview with The Sun News last year, adding that the change brought a sophistication to running city government that wasn’t there before. “The early ‘70s were pretty primitive.”

Stradinger is expected to discuss his time as city manager in the ‘70s.

The discussion series is free and open to the public. For more information, call the library at 918-1275.

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