Lawsuit alleging illegal activity by the Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce dismissed

Lawsuit alleging illegal activity by the Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce dismissed
Source: WMBF News

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) – A Myrtle Beach woman who filed a lawsuit against the Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce has dropped that suit.

An order filed Wednesday states the court has dismissed the case Karon Mitchell filed against the chamber “without prejudice” following a motion made by the woman’s attorney.

“The only defendants in the case consent to the motion,” the order stated.

Both the MBACC and the city of Myrtle Beach were named in the lawsuit.

The lawsuit made several allegations of illegal activity by the MBACC, including that it failed to comply to laws by holding no public bidding process on the allocations of the tourism development fee and accommodations tax funds, and by choosing companies pursuant to research-based outcomes.

The suit also alleged the MBACC failed to report the funds it received on a quarterly basis, and the city of Myrtle Beach failed to conduct a "meaningful review" of the reports that were provided by the chamber over the last several years.

“The dismissal of this lawsuit further testifies to our position that the lawsuit filed by Karon Mitchell was baseless," MBACC President and CEO Karen Riordan said in a statement. "The Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce adheres to all applicable laws and guidelines and meets all requirements for transparency and accountability related to the TDF and A-tax laws.”

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