Emergency Services

Horry County Council on Aging (HCCOA) prepares and delivers regular or special diet meals to eligible seniors' homes. Contact the HCCOA for more information regarding availability and eligibility.  You may call
(843) 248-5523 for more information or assistance. 

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Mayor Hellyer’s Daily Update

March 31, 2020

As of 4:00 p.m. yesterday –

DHEC reported 925 COVID19 cases in SC. Horry County currently reports 32 cases. There are no reported cases in our zip code - 29575.

Please remember the following telephone numbers if:

You have a fever, cough and shortness of breath – Call MUSC at 843-792-7999

If you have questions about COVID-19 – Call S.C. DHEC Care Line at 1-855-472-3432

If you have questions about COVID-19 impacts in Horry County – Call 843-915-5000

For a virtual pre-screening : https://campaigns.muschealth.org/virtual-care/index.html

CLOSURE OF NON-ESSENTIAL BUSINESSES.  Governor McMaster announces the closing of non-essential businesses to include gyms, spas, nightclubs, barber shops, hair salons, tattoo parlors, waxing salons, fitness centers, bowling alleys, arcades, racetracks, indoor children’s play areas (not daycares), theaters, planetariums, museums and performing arts centers.  Please check Executive Order No. 2020-16 for further details as the order was not posted at the time of this update.  Grocery stores, drug stores, pharmacies and other businesses deemed essential can remain open.  The Wal-mart and Target stores with groceries and pharmacies will be able to remain open. 

Well, as we can see, the Governor has stepped up restrictions with another executive order.  Just to let our residents know, I held a teleconference yesterday with the Town Administrator, Chief of Police, Fire Chief, Councilmen Drake and Detrick and myself. The discussion centered on how best to limit the spread of the Coronavirus while protecting our residents.  One option was to consider closing all the town’s parking areas to anyone without a Surfside Beach parking sticker. Shortly, thereafter, the Governor’s E.O. No. 2020-14 closed all beach accesses.

Let’s talk about another hot issue.  

March 27, 2020, the Governor issued Executive Order No. 2020-14, directing that individuals who enter the State of South Carolina from an area with substantial community spread of COVID-19 shall be required to isolate or self-quarantine for a period of fourteen (14) days from the time of entry into the State of South Carolina or the duration of the individual’s presence in South Carolina, whichever period is shorter

I hereby authorize and instruct the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (“DHEC”) to provide any necessary and appropriate supplemental guidance regarding the interpretation, application, or enforcement of this Order.

After discussions with our police department, it was confirmed that the enforcement of this order would be problematic on many levels, to include constitutional issues.

As stated above, DHEC is to provide guidance regarding the enforcement of this order.  I called DHEC today and was informed that the only power that they had to enforce this order was to issue a “Quarantine Order” or a “Isolation Order”, which require a judge. They stated that if either one of these were issued, DHEC would be required oversee providing essential care for the duration of the order.  They stated that they were not going to issue these orders at this time.

The most important thing to remember is that if the numbers are increasing, so will the restrictions.  Please practice social- distancing so that we can reduce the time it will take to put this behind us.

I would like to thank our town employees for their hard work during these troubled times.  It is comforting to know that these employees care about our town and continually provide us with services even in tough times.   THANKS AGAIN.

Please continue your emails to bhellyer@surfsidebeach.org with your questions, comments and feedback.      Stay Safe and God Bless…    Mayor Bob Hellyer /S/


Mayor Hellyer’s Daily Update

March 25, 2020

As of today, DHEC reports 424 COVID19 cases in SC. Horry County currently reports 20 cases.

The number of cases reported by DHEC has increased substantially since yesterday and is estimated to increase moreover in the days to come. 

Please remember the following telephone numbers if:

You have a fever, cough and shortness of breath – Call MUSC at 843-792-7999

If you have questions about COVID-19 – Call S.C. DHEC Care Line at 1-855-472-3432

If you have questions about COVID-19 impacts in Horry County – Call 843-915-5000

For a virtual pre-screening : https://campaigns.muschealth.org/virtual-care/index.html

Today the Governor tweeted that: “Today I am requesting all out of state visitors to South Carolina planning a stay of two or more nights self-quarantine for two weeks immediately upon arrival”.    While this request will be very difficult to enforce, we are looking at additional alternatives to help ensure the safety of our residents.

I went to the beach twice today. Once at 10:00 AM where the beach was almost deserted, and once at 4:00 PM where there was a large amount of people.  People were practicing social distancing on the beach.  I also drove down Ocean Blvd and saw that approximately 80% of our rentals in town were vacant.  There were several out of state tags, but not the amount reported.

Emergency Meeting:  There will be an emergency Town Council meeting at 10:00 AM on Friday.

A copy of the agenda will be posted.  This meeting will be held via teleconferencing and is open to the public.  See the town website for instructions.

We will implement further restrictions as deemed necessary to protect the health and well being of our residents.  Please be sure to check on your neighbors during these trying times.

Please continue your emails to bhellyer@surfsidebeach.org with your questions, comments and feedback.                  Stay Safe and God Bless… Mayor Bob Hellyer  /S/


Dear Surfside Beach residents,

Jerribob’s Mail, Print & Design Center is providing red and green sheets to all that wish to participate in this program. Feel free to stop by Jerribob’s at 1413 HWY 17 South, Surfside Beach. To ensure you get assistance as needed during our monitoring of the Coronavirus, please place the green or red sheet on a window near your doorway that can be easily seen from the sidewalk or roadway.  A GREEN sheet will let your neighbors know that you are in good health and doing well. The RED sheet lets neighbors know you need assistance.

When we maintain a social distance, we limit the spread of the Coronavirus.  Social distancing is very critical.  Therefore, it’s important we stay in touch (‘pun intended’ while maintaining our distance) more than ever.

Stay Safe and God Bless…  Mayor Bob Hellyer /S/



Mayor Hellyer’s Daily Update

March 24, 2020

As of today, DHEC reports 298 COVID19 cases in SC. Horry County currently reports 16 cases.

The number of cases reported by DHEC has increased substantially since yesterday and is estimated to increase moreover in the days to come.  Our best defense is to continue limiting ourselves from contact with others to slowdown and possibly reverse the spread of the Coronavirus. It’s imperative we be more vigilant in washing hands and faces and protecting our friends and family from further exposure.

Please remember the following telephone numbers if:

You have a fever, cough and shortness of breath – Call MUSC at 843-792-7999

If you have questions about COVID-19 – Call S.C. DHEC Care Line at 1-855-472-3432

If you have questions about COVID-19 impacts in Horry County – Call 843-915-5000

Today the Governor stated that at this time, students, parents and families should plan for South Carolina’s schools to remain closed through the month of April.   This will include the state’s public colleges, universities, and technical colleges, and encourage those institutions to maintain existing plans to provide instruction through virtual learning.

Emergency Meeting:  We are planning to have an emergency meeting in the next few days to enact an emergency ordinance that will allow the use of teleconferencing to conduct Town Council meetings.  This emergency ordinance will take effect for the next sixty (60) days.  The complete details will be available when we post the agenda for the emergency meeting.

The Town of Surfside Beach continues to work hard to ensure all services be provided during this emergency. I thank everyone who helps to check-in on your friends and neighbors to ensure their safety.

Please Note: We do not have plans to close our beach or restrict our residents any more than necessary as we address all issues that will affect your safety and wellbeing.

Please continue your emails to bhellyer@surfsidebeach.org with your questions, comments and feedback.                  Stay Safe and God Bless… Mayor Bob Hellyer  /S/


Mayor Hellyer’s Daily Update

March 23, 2020

As of today, DHEC reports 195 cases of COVID19 in SC. There are currently 16 cases reported in Horry County.

We are continuing to aggressively take precautions to protect our residents.  We have taken every action mandated by the Governor’s executive orders and worked vigorously to maintain

services.  In monitoring the beach this weekend, we saw most people observing our social- distancing rules.  The Surfside Beach Police Ambassadors are doing an excellent job maintaining order.  Since being told the beach’s public bathrooms are only being cleaned once a day (at 7 A.M.), I’ve asked the town administrator to work out a plan to have them cleaned more often.  I’ve also requested a sign be posted at each bathroom with a cleaning schedule and to notify the public of being cautious when in use.

Many are asking about testing for COVID19.  Yesterday, I spoke with the physician at Surfside Beach’s “Doctor’s Care” office.  He stated that no one is being routinely tested and there are only a few test sites available.  It’s advised that before any testing can be authorized, you must first speak to an online virtual care provider (see the “Who Do I Call” information below).

I’m working with Jerribob’s on 17 South to help the town with implementing a “community check-in” approach for helping one another during this time of uncertainty. Feel free to participate. They will be handing out red and green signs for you to place in your windows (green means all is okay and red means you need help). There will be more to follow as we develop a protocol. Thank you Jerribob’s. Please continue to check up on your neighbors.

Many continue to ask me about the Business 17 construction and the service roads at N 5th Ave and Platt Rd.  Surfside Beach’s Public Works tell me these service roads will remain closed at these intersections permanently.  I have requested a drawing of the final design.  Again, more to come as information is available.

Local restaurants - The Town Facebook page has a list of local restaurants offering drive-thru and carry-out services.  This page is constantly changing, so please keep town hall informed so that we can maintain our page. Let’s support our local businesses as best we can.

We love our visitors and we appreciate your patronage over the years.  Due to the current health crisis, we are asking you to consider postponing any trips to Surfside Beach or the Grand Strand until the crisis is behind us.  We look forward to seeing your families and you then.

I want to “Thank You” for your emails at bhellyer@surfsidebeach.org with your questions, comments and feedback. It’s very important to me that we stay in touch more so then ever. 

Stay Safe and God Bless…

 /S/


Mayor Hellyer’s Daily Update

March 20, 2020

As of today, DHEC reports 81 cases of COVID19 in SC. There are currently 6 cases reported in Horry County.

The Governor has added new restrictions today. This is to include making it unlawful to congregate, unless authorized or in their homes, in groups of three or more and to refuse to disperse upon order of a law enforcement officer.  Coastal residents can responsibly maintain social distance while enjoying our state’s beaches.

We have not considered closing our beaches or implementing a curfew.

To comply with the Governor’s order, Chief Hoffman has stated that he will deploy a Beach Services Officer a little early in the season and have them on the beach to help with social distancing.  I do not believe that this will be an issue.  Many thanks to Chief Hoffman for being proactive.

The Town Administrator has informed me that all services of the town will remain in effect. While the offices are closed to the public, we are still providing services via telephone, drop boxes and email. A special thanks to all of our town employees.

I did go down to the beach this afternoon and there were a lot of people there.  People seemed to be spaced out accordingly, and everyone seemed to be enjoying our great weather.  This is the first time that I have seen the Yaupon parking lot filled.

Local restaurants - The Town Facebook page has a list of local restaurants offering drive-thru and carry-out services.  This page has been updated and everyone should be included now.

Feel free to email me at bhellyer@surfsidebeach.org with your questions.  Please continue to check on your neighbors.  Have a great weekend.

Stay Safe and God Bless…       /S/


Mayor Hellyer’s Daily Update

March 19, 2020

As of today, DHEC reports 60 cases of COVID19 in SC. There is one new case in Horry County, making it a total of five persons.

The Governor has added new restrictions today.  All hospitals are to restrict visitations.  All municipal employees are to work from home except for those designated as essential personnel. 

This will affect our town services and the results will be posted tomorrow.

On a personal note… while I was driving through town, it is nice to see active people while practicing social distancing.  Please remember, social distancing recommends you interact from a distance of at least 6 feet away.

Local restaurants - The Town Facebook page has a list of local restaurants offering drive-thru and carry-out services.  If your business is not listed, please contact the Town Hall and ask your restaurant and phone number be added .  Let’s make sure you are included!

In case you were wondering - The water tower behind the Golden Egg restaurant is undergoing upkeep.  I spoke with the contractor today and he explained the water tower should be completed in about a week (weather permitting). It will be the same color as before, off white, with the same Surfside Beach “the family beach” logo.

Teleconferencing - We are working towards scheduling teleconferences for Town Council meeting(s) to allow residents’ ability to call-in and monitor public meeting(s). I’ll have more information about this soon.

I ask that you please bear with us as we all endure this unfortunate event. Feel free to email me at bhellyer@surfsidebeach.org with your questions and I will work to return a response as best I can.

Please continue to check on your neighbors.  Stay Safe and God Bless…       /S/


Mayor Hellyer’s Daily Update

March 18, 2020

Dear residents… It is most critical for all to be informed of events as they are unfolding. During this important period, I intend to publish a daily update of information for the public until further notice. Our town needs to be pro-active in following measures to limit human exposure to COVID-19. The following updates affects everybody:

  • Schools are currently closed.
  • State taxes will not be due until June 1, 2020.
  • All town events and meetings are postponed until further notice.
  • As of this morning, all restaurants in South Carolina will not be allowed to conduct dine-in services. Restaurants may have drive-up and take-out services only.
  • Surfside Beach Town offices will be operating under normal business hours; however, the public cannot enter these premises and I ask that you contact personnel by telephone and email for services and your questions as needed.

     

    I ask that you please bear with us as we all endure this current event. Feel free to email me at bhellyer@surfsidebeach.org with your questions and I will work to return a response as best I can.

    Please be mindful of others during this situation by reaching out to those in need of assistance.  My daily updates will be posted on the Town’s website, Facebook page and newsletter.  If you haven’t done so, you can sign-up for the newsletter on the home page of www.surfsidebeach.org

    Lastly, if you are able, please but sure to support our local businesses.  Thank you. 

    Stay safe and God Bless!   /S/


Message from Town Hall

The Town of Surfside Beach offices are closed in order to help prevent the spread of the Coronavirus. Many things are changing daily as we receive new and updated information from Federal, State and Local agencies.  We will continue to update you with new developments and information.   
Beginning today, you can reach town staff via the telephone or by email.  Permit request and plans can be dropped off at the Planning Department in the drop box located adjacent to the door.  Payments for renewals, permits, etc. can be made over the telephone.  Please use the following numbers to contact the various departments: Building and Codes or Planning call 843-913-6341; for Town Hall, general questions or business licenses call 843-913-6111.  Municipal Court, call 843-913-6337. Public Works, call 843-913-6360; Police Department non-emergency 843-913-6368 or 911 for emergencies; Fire Department non-emergency 843-913-6369 or 911 for emergencies.
Governor Henry McMaster ordered effective today, all restaurants and bars are required to close dine-in service.  We encourage you to utilize take-out, curbside or drive-thru service.  We ask that you patronize your local businesses when possible.  
Working together we can all help minimize the chances of exposure and spreading the virus. We thank you for your patience and understanding.  Please feel free to reach out if you need any assistance.
 
 

Telehealth Virtual Care Providers (COVID-19)


https://www.scdhec.gov/health/infectious-diseases/viruses/coronavirus-disease-2019-covid-19/telehealth-virtual-care-providers-covid-19

Several South Carolina health systems are offering telehealth options to the public. These options are available to anyone experiencing COVID-19 symptoms in South Carolina. In order to access the free consult, use the promo code COVID19.

Also, Self Regional Healthcare is offering telephone screening.


Hurricane Disaster Relief

 

Please refer to these documents for information about disaster relief.  The South Carolina Emergency Management Division (SCEMD) will open a Disaster Recovery Centers as applicable. 

 

SCEMD and FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency) Contact Information

 

FEMA Fact Sheets

 

Here you will find links and information that is essential when preparing for and tracking hurricanes and other tropical depressions.