Myrtle Beach Section: Myrtle Beach Finds New Ways To Be “First In Service”: May 2020


You can hear the rare sound of silence in Myrtle Beach. With the “work or home” limitation and all events on hold, COVID-19 quieted what should be a bustling spring season. The lack of noise is noticeable, yet Myrtle Beach still offers that first-in-service experience.

A crisis like COVID-19 changes your perspective. Many systems and establishments we once took for granted are no longer in place, put on temporary pause, while those that are still operating have become more appreciated. We’re pleased to reassure you that during this time,  our regular solid waste and recycling services continue for residents. Our police and fire personnel are on the job as usual, albeit with new precautions about close personal contact. You can report more things by phone and internet as we strive to maintain safe distancing.

City buildings have been closed to the public for weeks. Always “first in service,” the recreation staff found creative new ways to offer classes. You can exercise online as part of a live program, or play back the video when “breaking a sweat” is more convenient.

Chapin Memorial Library, already on the cutting edge, now offers online Story-times and craft classes. Again, you can join live or gather the kids when it suits your family schedule to watch Ms. Stacey or Ms. Catherine.

Our electronic resources adapted quickly, too. City Council and other committees are meeting via teleconference, making themselves accessible live on our Facebook page: Facebook @ Myrtle Beach City Government. For those who haven’t participated previously, now is a good time to begin.

Myrtle Beach also offers a number of online options for utility billing, building permits and business licenses. And, City Council approved several measures to help residents and businesses cope with the economic hardships brought on by COVID-19.

Our website, www.cityofmyrtlebeach.com, has a wealth of resources, including a Coronavirus Information page and a Free-Sources page. Both have details about services and programs.

Have a question? Call us at 843-918-INFO for answers about the city and life in general under this new normal. The information line is available daily, from 8am to 8pm.

Like everyone, the City of Myrtle Beach is adapting. Crisis builds character, so let us grow stronger for having experienced this event. We’re in this together. COVID-19 shall pass, and the noise and bustle of daily life will resume.

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