Myrtle Beach leaders map city's future

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (AP) - Leaders in South Carolina's busiest tourist city are mapping the future of the coastal resort.

Myrtle Beach City Council members spent Tuesday in a workshop reviewing a draft of the city's new comprehensive plan. The plan maps strategies for development, tourism, recreation and growth in the coming decade.

Myrtle Beach is the heart of South Carolina's more than $18 billion tourism industry.

Council members discussed considering areas outside the city limits in the planning effort, because what happens in nearby areas affects the city.

City manager Tom Leath says state law requires the plan to be updated every 10 years. He says the city accomplished about 90 percent of the goals in its 1999 plan.

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