Myrtle Beach

Located in the Horry County of South Carolina, Myrtle Beach is a coastal city that has a total area of 23.55 square miles. The city is situated on the center of a beach known as the Grand Strand in the northeast section of South Carolina. During the peak season; spring, summer and fall, it has been estimated that 14 million visitors flock to the city’s humid sub-tropical weather and beaches. Technically considered as a man-made island since 1936 the beach has been separated from the United States by the Intracoastal Waterway which has forced the city and the surrounding area in general to develop away from the coast.

The remaining rural area where the northern and southern ends meet developed into tourist towns, North Myrtle Beach and Surfside Beach. Annually the city enjoys more than 2800 hours of sunshine all year round. During the long, hot and humid summer season on average the temperature can ranges from 83 to 91 degrees, and drop as low or close to 70 degrees during the night.  It is common during the hot summer days in the months of June-September for there to be brief and intense thunderstorms which can be severe due to high precipitation.  Winters are generally mild with highs averaging from 57-61 degrees and temperatures dropping as low as 36 degrees between December-February.  On February 16, 2013 Myrtle Beach received a rare storm in which it rained right before snowing.

Since March, 1951 every year Myrtle Beach has hosted a week-long event called Can-Am Days also known as Canadian-American Days. Currently the event attracts over 10,000 tourists to the area. Annually in the late spring Myrtle Beach holds an event named Coastal Uncorked which is a food and wine festival.  In 2010 the Myrtle Beach Boardwalk was listed by National Geographic as the nation’s third boardwalk and voted as one of the best United States boardwalks by Travel and Leisure Magazine. In addition to the Sheraton, The Myrtle Beach Convention Center consist of a Sheraton hotel the large facility every year host meetings, special events, conferences, and exhibits.

Professional fireworks shows which are displayed along the oceanfront have earned Myrtle Beach recognition as being one of the top destinations during the July 4th vacation.  Priceline.com ranked Myrtle Beach among the top destination to travel to during the 4th of July holiday.  Myrtle Beach visitors and residents can gamble by way of a boat that transports their passengers into international waters.  Beginning in 1940, the Harley Bike week is held every May generating as many as 200,000 visitors each day of the week-long event. Because of acts of discrimination against African Americans riders and visitors Black Bike was created in 1980. The event attracts as many as 400,000 event attendees and is known as the largest African American motorcycle rally in The United States. 15 new laws were created by the Myrtle Beach government to prevent future complaints of racism and inappropriate behavior and to punish those whom validate such laws.

The Metro Loop Road Plan was developed in 1997 in efforts to decrease congestion issues caused by the overwhelming number of visitors each year. The City of Myrtle Beach and RIDE funded some of the roads.

The web cam in this video is directed towards the Myrtle Beach Boardwalk located in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina which was officially opened in May of 2010. The Boardwalk runs 1.2 miles along the oceanfront and cost close to $6.4 million.  The Myrtle Beach Boardwalk earned second and third place rankings for best boardwalk in the U.S.  In the video there is a meet up group that is gathering nearby some flag posts. The creator/narrator on the video is part of the group but is unable to attend the meeting because he lives out of town.  Members of the group notice that they are standing in front of the camera and someone sends out a tweet to have people view them.

Myrtle Beach Facts

  • The first hotel was built in 1901. The Seaside Inn offered their guest an overnight stay with three meals for just $2.00. The hotel cost $3,813, and was demolished sometime in the 1920’s.
  • The Myrtle Beach International Airport (abbreviated as MYR) is the 2nd busiest airport in SC.  Those who fly from MYR runway which is almost 1.8 miles can fly to 27 different destinations.
  • In 1936 the Myrtle Beach Train Depot was built. In 2004 the train was restored and the following year won a reward from the city’s Restoration of The Historic Depot. The Myrtle Beach Train was awarded from the SC Dept. of Archives and History.

Sea Watch Resort Webcam

The Sea Watch Resort is located at 161 Sea Watch Drive in South Carolina.  The webcam is directed towards the beach front and is positioned in front of a stretch of grass. A lifeguard tower with a flag can be seen to the far right. The Sea Watch Resort is close to many attractions such as the Myrtle Beach Boardwalk, Ripley’s Aquarium and the Pavilion Nostalgia Park.  The Sea Watch Resort has amenities such as a Golf & Entertainment Department, free parking, seasonal children’s activities, business center, and wedding services. Beach goers can be spotted walking along the beach in the webcam footage.

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Pier 14 Webcam

The webcam is located outside the Pier 14 Restaurant at 1306 North Ocean Blvd. Myrtle Beach, SC. The Pier 14 Restaurant was first created in 1926 and is a survivor of hurricane Hugo. The restaurant closed for five months to repair damages from the storm. The restaurant originally was not expected to remain opened long and each winter receives minor upkeep. The Myrtle Beach SkyWheel a Ferris wheel that sits 187 ft. tall ride which can be seen in the webcam footage. The SkyWheel opened May 20, 2011 and at that time was the 2nd tallest extant Ferris wheel located in North America.

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Ocean Lakes Family Campground Webcam

Built in 1970 by Nelson Jackson, Mary Emily and their five daughters the Ocean Lake Campground, started with just one bathroom and today has since expanded to more than 2,554 annual lease sites and four bathhouses. On average seasonally 25,000-35,000 utilizes the Campsites amenities such as the Ocean Lakes poolside which is shown in the webcam footage. Ocean Lakes Family Campground is known as the largest and most complete oceanfront on America’s east coast. The Campground is located approximately 4 miles south of the downtown area of South Carolina. Ocean Lakes Properties also offers more than 300 rental units.

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