The Myrtle Beach city elections are just over three weeks away and the game of keep the incumbents in power is in full swing.
There were competing op-eds in local media recently between local writer Mande Wilkes and Myrtle Beach public information officer Mark Kruea that are of note in this election season.
The opinions expressed in the two columns demonstrate the current disconnect between Myrtle Beach city officials and the people who live and work in the city.
Wilkes criticized the “Asian fetish” of Myrtle Beach City Council while stifling local business investors with “the bizarre zoning laws, the oppressive signing ordinances, the climbing licensing fees, and the restrictive parking policies.”
“All of these rules add up to a suffocating environment for businesses, and that’s why Highway 17 is littered with empty storefronts and dilapidated buildings,” Wilkes wrote.
“I wonder if it’s common for a relatively small-town mayor to be paid to jetset across the globe,” Wilkes speculated.
We agree with Wilkes’ assessment. Myrtle Beach City Council ignores locals while looking for big hitters from abroad.
She stung council enough that an official response was deemed necessary.