Re: March 6 letter from Doug Drummond, “ Myrtle Beach, aka ‘Murder Beach,’ becoming a ripoff for snowbirds ”
I have been a full time resident of Murrells Inlet for 15 years. I have, over the last several years, read many letters from snowbirds complaining about local discounts. After this last letter from Mr. Drummond about “Ripoff to Snowbirds” I finally decided it was time for me to voice my own opinion.
First of all, this is a year round tourist area, not just a snowbird location in winter. If any snowbirds visit during the busiest tourist season (May through September) they would find a very different scene. Bumper to bumper traffic, no parking at the beach after noon, two-hour wait to eat dinner at restaurants, no two-for-one dinners and often no happy hours or discounts of any kind are the norm.
I am not complaining, as this comes with living in a tourist area. Many of us locals just adjust our lifestyles accordingly, during those months, for the visiting tourists. When “the season” is over, many businesses offer discounts to show appreciation to the locals and to bring them back to their businesses after all the crowds are gone.
Not all of these specials are for locals only. Happy hours, two-for-one dinners, half-price appetizers, reduced golf fees etc. are offered to everyone. I for one appreciate and thoroughly enjoy many of these discounts and can say that those I take advantage of are open to anyone and not just locals.
We have family from Michigan who snowbird here for the month of February. They find good deals to play golf three to four times a week, eat out for early birds and two-for-one dinners, go to early bird movies, walk the beach etc. and thoroughly enjoy their time here. Never once have they complained about local discounts.
I have met and become friends with many winter visitors over the years. They love coming here and love all the things available for them to do here, that are not available in their home up north during the winter.
These are people who think of the glass half full and not half empty. I would like to think that I too am that kind of person.
I am truly sorry that this area has not met some people’s expectations as a place they would like to spend their winter months. I am also sorry that the businesses that like to show their appreciation to their yearround local residents upses you. I hope you find the perfect place to spend your winters. To those who will be coming back, have a safe journey home and I will look forward to seeing you next winter.
The writer lives in Murrells Inlet.