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Barefoot Landing changes will be made

Posted on Oct 20, 2016

By Pat Dowling
During the regularly scheduled Oct. 17 North Myrtle Beach City Council meeting, Mayor Marilyn Hatley presented a proclamation in support of the Oct. 23-29 General Federation of Women’s Clubs (GFWC) “Advocates for Children Week.” The North Myrtle Beach Woman’s Club is a GFWC affiliated club.
Since the early 1900s, GFWC members have played an intricate role in advocating for the health and well-being of children with prominent clubwomen such as Jane Addams and Julia Lathrop paving the way for the implementation of improved child labor and juvenile court laws. GFWC members also educate, advocate and engage in projects concerning the well-being of children via health, social and safety programs by working to ensure that children are protected from harmful situations and by encouraging healthy physical and emotional lifestyles.
The GFWC North Myrtle Beach Woman’s Club advocates for children by supporting Tools for Schools, the Children’s Recovery Center, the Autism Foundation, the USO United Through Reading Program and more.
Employee Longevity Awards were presented to Parks & Recreation Operations Director Gregg Barnhill (35 years of service), Utility Billing Supervisor Darwin Reed (20), Custodian Carolyn Moody (15) and Records Clerk Jessica Holt (10). Longevity Awards are provided in five year increments to those city employees who consistently achieve excellence in customer service.
City Council passed second (final) reading of an ordinance rezoning one lot of about 13,409 square feet located at 404 Hillside Drive from R-2 (Medium Density Residential) to R-2A (Mid Rise Multifamily Residential).
Council tabled until its Nov. 21 meeting second reading of an ordinance to amend the Bahama Island Planned Development District. The ordinance proposes to modify a portion of the total development to allow a RV campground along the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway. The delay between readings allows for work to be completed on a related development agreement.
City Council passed second reading of an ordinance to amend the Barefoot Resort Commercial (a.k.a. Barefoot Landing) Planned Development District (PDD).
The Barefoot Landing PDD offers several important public benefits. The developer will donate to the city or the South Carolina Department of Transportation via a limited warranty deed about 1.78 acres of land for the expansion of the 48th Avenue South intersection improvements with turning lanes into and out of the Barefoot Landing project as well as improvements to the southernmost entry into Barefoot landing.
The developer will also contribute funding not to exceed $200,000 and dedicate any required easements for the relocation of the existing sewer pump station located adjacent to Dick’s Last Resort parking lot. The new location will be mutually acceptable to the developer and the city.
These public benefits will be binding on the current and future owners of Barefoot Landing until they are fulfilled. The donation of land for right-of-way and the pump station relocation will be completed prior to the city issuing a certificate of occupancy for a new restaurant to be located on the Intracoastal Waterway between T-Bonz and Greg Norman’s Australian Grille.
The revised site plan for Barefoot Landing adds 70,620 square feet of new building product. When added to the existing 244,380 square feet of commercial space, the new total is 315,000 square feet or a 29 percent increase.
Plans also call for the private, internal roadway system to receive a major update. Most notably, the existing roadway along the waterway would be relocated and redesigned to allow for a better traffic circulation pattern. A pedestrian plaza is also planned to connect future uses with the waterway.
The architectural style for Barefoot Landing could change from the current colors and building materials to one “inspired by great coastal towns along the eastern seaboard”, combining the “character and authenticity of historic main street with the natural beauty of the waterfront in the reimagined shopping and dining experience.”
Redevelopment of the property would be accomplished over time and based on market demands.


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