Voters asked to head to polls to decide on fee for out-of-state marketing

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On Tuesday, March 6, registered voters in North Myrtle Beach will head to the polls to decide if a Tourism Development Fee will be enacted in the city of North Myrtle Beach.

The tourism development fee is a 1 percent sales tax that would go toward out-of-state marketing and promotion directed at non-South Carolina residents.

The North Myrtle Beach Chamber says the tax would generate an estimated $8.5 million in the first year.

The fee would be on anything but prepared food, according to the state law.

The City of Myrtle Beach currently uses the fee for its out-of-state marketing.

Polling places will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Voters will use the same polling places for the referendum that they use for municipal elections.

The polling places are as follows:

-- Windy Hill 1 Precinct- Windy Hill Fire Station # 3 (33rd Avenue South)

-- Windy Hill 2 Precinct –Fire Station # 5 (Barefoot Resort - 4740 Barefoot Resort Bridge Road)

-- Crescent Beach Precinct- J. Bryan Floyd Community Center (1030 Possum Trot Road)

-- Ocean Drive 1 Precinct- Fire Station #1 (2nd Avenue South)

-- Ocean Drive 2 Precinct - St. Stephens Episcopal Church- (11th Avenue North)

-- Cherry Grove 1 Precinct- Chapel By The Sea Church (Sea Mountain Highway)

-- Cherry Grove 2 Precinct - Fire Station # 4 (Little River Neck Road)

The North Myrtle Beach Election Commission will tally the March 6 vote beginning at 7 p.m. at City Hall.

The public may attend but silence is requested so that Commission members can do their work.

The City will post referendum results on,, and to its Email News Groups.

The Commission will meet to certify the referendum vote on March 8, 10 a.m. at City Hall.

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