Surfside Beach taking next step in annexation

Surfside Beach is moving forward with an attempt to annex commercial properties on the west side of U.S. 17 business, according to planning director Sabrina Morris.

The action would affect properties along Frontage Road and up to Spring Avenue, including those occupied by Old Time Pottery and McDonalds and Subway.

Ideally, Morris said all properties in the proposed area would want to be annexed to have access to Surfside Beach services, including police and fire which currently respond outside town limits only when providing mutual aid to Horry County.

For annexation to succeed, she said, the town requires “75 percent of the freeholders, having at least 75 percent of the assessed value of real property,” for the town limits to expand.

Mayor Doug Samples said Town Council gave consent to pursue annexation as a way to generate more revenue for the town. The additional money would come from business license fees. Finance director Diana King was not certain how much revenue would be added because she does not have figures from Horry County.

Morris said letters detailing services offered in the town, and intended to notify property owners, will be mailed to the affected businesses before the weekend and include a response card for the owners to express interest and request more information.

Town Council first discussed annexing property at its budget retreat at the end of April where members expressed concerns about possible strains on town resources such as police.

Police Chief Rodney Keziah, Fire Chief Dan Cimini and public works director John Adair all said their departments could absorb the coverage of the additional properties without requiring more employees or overtaxing current staff.