Chamber of Commerce ready to show that tax works

Published: May. 16, 2011 at 3:24 AM EDT|Updated: Jun. 6, 2011 at 12:31 PM EDT
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MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) Beginning Monday, the Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce will begin airing new commercials focusing on tourism promotions in the area. One ad, focusing on the penny sales tax, is looking to show the Myrtle Beach area that the tax is working.

It's clear not everyone shares the Chamber's feelings. Recently, Governor Nikki Haley spoke out about the tax, saying that it drives potential tourists away from the area. Some locals in the Grand Strand are also less than thrilled about the tax, especially those who live just outside the city limits.

"It doesn't seem to benefit us," said Mike Yelenovich. He and his wife, Ursula, live just outside Myrtle Beach in the Surfside Beach Club. The tax sends them headed south to do their shopping.

"We usually head to Murrells Inlet, which is in Georgetown County. That's where we find the best deals," he adds.

Some folks in Myrtle Beach support the tax, though. Abraham Nardali, who owns Abraham's Gyros on the Boardwalk, supports any measure that brings more potential customers to the area.

"Anything that promotes Myrtle Beach is a good idea," he said. "And some people may ask about it, but most pay and go their own way."

The other ad the Chamber is airing Monday deals with I-73 and focuses on the jobs and revenue it is projected to bring to the area.

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