Garden City roadsides, beaches prepare for facelift

GARDEN CITY, SC (WMBF) – Parts of Garden City are getting ready for a facelift.

While Horry County is backing one project, it's the local residents initiating the other. Plans are in the works for an improvement project to Highway 17 Business in Garden City. It's part of the "Keep Horry County Beautiful" program and will spruce up the medians along the highly traveled road.

Garden City locals believe the medians are too plain, and in some cases an eye sore. Horry County Councilman Paul Price agrees and says that's why this part of town needs the improvements.

The plan is to improve the landscaping by adding colorful shrubs, palm trees and other greenery. The changes will happen where Surfside Beach meets Garden City and continue south until each median on Highway 17 Business gets the upgrade.

Horry County recently applied for $18,000 in grant money to fund the project.

"It's targeted to make it more aesthetically pleasing to the tourists, then they want to come here," explains Councilman Prince.

Councilman Price and members of the community have also initiated a new program. The beach is the reason people visit and says keeping the environment clean is key to keeping tourists coming back, according to Price.

It's called "Adopt a Beach Access." There are 16 of them in Garden City. The concept is for people to adopt one of the beach access points and take on the responsibility of cleaning up and maintaining that location.

Locals have already signed up and begun the work, including Bruce Shaffer and his wife who recently adopted beach access five in Garden City.

"Tourists come here for this. This is what we love. We want them to see it looking good," said Shaffer.

Price says anyone who is interested in participating in "Adopt a Beach Access" should contact him.

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