Task force seeks to improve downtown Myrtle Beach

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - Business owners in downtown Myrtle Beach recently created their own task force to improve the area.

The group was created to come up with alternative ideas to barricades along Ocean Boulevard. On Wednesday, the 90 Day Plan Task Force presented their proposals to the Myrtle Beach Downtown Redevelopment Corporation and asked for funding on a few projects.

"We all know what the problems are and now we just have to come up with ideas to help the city get there and that's what we're doing," said Myrtle Beach business owner Larry Bond.

Last month, Bond presented those ideas to city council. They include plans for new branding downtown, trash cans with a wifi signal, new lighting and new art.

Now, Bond is working to make those ideas a reality.

"The idea of 90 days is to help us move forward quicker than what normal cities move forward. We definitely got some momentum going; the city is going to order a trash can that texts city workers when it's ready," he said. "The next thing we're going to do is we're hoping the city will approve vinyl decals for the sidewalk."

The MBDRC gave the group the OK and thousands of dollars to get the sidewalks power washed and then lined with decals that will have artwork on them.

According to MBDRC executive director Lauren Clever, approximately $11,900 in funding was requested.

Although these changes might seem small, Bond and other members of the task force say they can make a big difference.

"We have four ideas; what can we do to make our city better? What could our city be? What could we do within the next 90 days? And within the next year?" said Bond.

"People in that area really want to see us make a change and make a difference in that area," said Victor Shamah, the owner of The Bowery. "We're going to create the right environment to be more of a family environment. That's basically my goal in this whole thing, to create a family atmosphere."

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