Archive for December, 2008
Ordinances for noise, motorcycles, alcohol consumption, property management, curfew and accommodations
Print off a one-page bulleted list as a handout for tourism and hospitality businesses.
View additional 2009 ordinances, including short-term rental, accommodation tax, and innkeeper or hotel check-in procedures.
Download a one-page sales tax summary provided by the City of Myrtle Beach. Sales taxes to be collected effective March 1, 2009.
The chamber polled its members to determine legislative concerns and priorities for 2009. Members were asked to respond to the survey between Sept. 30 and Oct. 21. This year marks a notable response increase of 78 percent (compared to last year), with 360 members completing the survey. The majority of respondents represent non-hospitality businesses (70.1 percent) and employ 10 or fewer staff (49.9 percent).
“The chamber’s legislative survey is our best tool to determine the membership’s governmental priorities,” said Franklin Daniels, chairman of the Legislative Policy Council and an attorney with Nexsen Pruet LLC. “Our collected results, the ‘legislative agenda,’ will lay a foundation to have our members’ issues and concerns addressed through the various local, state and federal legislative bodies,” Daniels said. The 2009 legislative agenda will be unveiled at the Legislative Luncheon Dec. 10 at the Crown Reef Conference Center.
Like last year, survey respondents indicated that the chamber should seek recurring state and federal funds for I-73 and I-74, ranking this fiscal issue the top priority (81.1 percent). Other results showed that the state should invest more in its infrastructure (95.3 percent), with highway tolls as the leading funding source for roads and bridges (45.8 percent).
Members also were queried on a number of policy matters. Respondents indicated strong support for energy-related issues: a comprehensive energy policy for our state and our nation (87.4 percent), offshore drilling for liquefied natural gas (80.2 percent), and offshore drilling for oil (77.6 percent). Last year’s top three policy issues were creation of small-business health plans (93.1 percent), expanding the use and flexibility of health savings accounts (74.4 percent) and comprehensive immigration reform (69.7 percent).
Two motorcycle rally questions were posed for this year’s survey. Most (75.7 percent) believed that the ordinances recently passed by the City of Myrtle Beach will reduce future attendance at rallies. Most (82 percent) also believed that the City of Myrtle Beach should fund efforts to attract spring tourists to replace revenue lost by local businesses.
For a complete copy of the survey results, contact Kate Miles, executive assistant to CEO, at (843) 916-7234 or e-mail.