Letters to the Editor

Neighborhood makes progress

The Ramsey Acres Neighborhood Watch recently began its third year of regular meetings. We enjoy the ongoing support of the city of Myrtle Beach in our efforts to continue to maintain and improve our quality of life. Each month, the city makes available the presence and resources of the Myrtle Beach Police Department, and appropriate department representatives (when needed), who provide information to us that is relevant to our efforts. We have come to know the different city departments and personnel who are available and willing to help us address concerns. The city's commitment to the Neighborhood Watch Program is just one example of how our municipal government works for us.

We believe that our efforts have been instrumental in achieving our primary goal: reversing a slide into decay and isolation. In the past two years, there have been significant improvements to many of the properties in our neighborhood. Each time a property owner replaces a roof or siding or shutters, or prunes overgrown trees or shrubs, an investment is made in this neighborhood's future.

Our greatest achievement was garnering the attention of Code Enforcement. It often takes an objective eye to get people to see what is right in front of them, and the efforts of the Code Enforcement department resulted in corrections - minor and major - to many of the residences and surrounding properties. The benefits outweighed any inconveniences, and the feedback has been mostly positive. Going forward, we hope to encourage more of these types of activities.

The in-process improvements to Pine Island Road represent a significant infrastructure investment by the city, in a first-of-its-kind endeavor with Horry County. This project has its origins in the 2006 WIN (Working to Improve Neighborhoods) process, and though this is a project that will ultimately benefit everyone with a south-end destination, the immediate beneficiaries will be the residents of our neighborhood. The work can be equated to putting a new facade on an existing building: the results will be noticeable and inviting.

Inaction comes easily. Making a difference takes work. Our accomplishments in these two years are the result of the commitment of the regular attendees of our meetings and the help and service of many city employees.

Everyone who has participated has the sincere thanks of the committed residents of our neighborhood.

The writer lives in Myrtle Beach.