Developer plans neighborhood on land home to live oaks, third-row dunes

Developer plans neighborhood on land home to live oaks, third-row dunes

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) – The City of Myrtle Beach will decide whether or not to permit development on one of the few remaining pieces of undeveloped property close to the beach by the Golden Mile.

The property between 52nd Avenue North and Ocean Boulevard is a unique piece of land. Live Oaks grow tall, and third-row dunes roll across the 8-or-so acres.

To make room for the new neighborhood, things on the property are to have to move around.

The community would be called Ocean Village, according to the plans the developer submitted to the planning department.

They include 33 single family homes in a gated neighborhood with wide sidewalks that would connect Ocean Boulevard to the many businesses and restaurants on Kings Highway. This feature would help city leaders make Myrtle Beach more walk-friendly, which is a top priority.

The land, though, has been undisturbed for so long that live oaks have grown large.  Under city of Myrtle Beach law, those live oaks are "landmark trees". Any that has a diameter of at least 25 inches cannot be moved or cut down unless it is dying.  The developer is working around the large trees and trying to keep as many of them as possible, regardless of size.  Also included in the plans is a live oak park on the property.

As for the dunes, many locals feel they are unique, but the property would be completely reshaped and those dunes could be gone.

The plans will be discussed at the planning commission meeting Tuesday, August 2 at 1:30 p.m. Any community members are invited to the meeting.

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