The Neighborhood Watch Committee held an Open Meeting on Thursday, June 17th via Zoom on the topic of Hurricanes.
Presenters at the Open Meeting were Steve Pfaff, National Weather Service; Thomas Bell, Horry County Emergency Management and Billy Floyd, NMB Fire Department Emergency Management. The meeting was very informative and timely with June 1st being the start of Hurricane Season. Billy Floyd honed focus on NMB’s preparation both before and after a hurricane and gave specifics about the impact of flooding and wind damage in the NMB communities. He also stated that with winds over 20 MPH the Barefoot Bridge is locked open and ICW water traffic is halted. Over 40 MPH and traffic may be halted on the Interconnector Bridge between Route 31 and NMB and at 60 MPH all rescue operations are halted. Thomas Bell gave specifics on Horry County’s preparations including staffing and equipment. Steve Pfaff gave a summary of past hurricanes and stressed the need to not be complacent when future hurricane warnings are issued. He said hurricanes must be considered in terms of not only wind, but storm surge, flash flooding, tornadoes and dangerous surf conditions. The NOAA Atlantic Ocean forecast for 2021 is 13 to 20 named storms, 6 to 10 of which could strengthen to hurricanes and 3 to 5 that could become major hurricanes of Category 3 or higher. There were 53 people on the Zoom Call.
Links to the weather stations at all 5 of our City Stations
Station 1: (Across from City Hall-Ocean Drive)
Station 2: (Sea Mountain Hwy-Cherry Grove)
Station 3: (33rd Ave S.- Windy Hill)
Station 4: (Little River Neck Rd- Tidewater)
Station 5: (Barefoot Resort Bridge Rd- Barefoot Resort)
Season Averages and Outlooks
New Hurricane Season Averages 2021
Hurricane Preparedness Week Information
The Neighborhood Watch Committee held an Open Meeting on Wednesday, September 22nd via Zoom on the topic of Traffic Issues in Barefoot.
The Presenter at the Open Meeting was LCpl Stephen Murphy, NMB Community Services Division. He focused on the anatomy of a traffic stop:
- Definitions of Probable Cause and Reasonable Suspicions
- Officer responsibilities
- Driver responsibilities
- Procedure if you have a Concealed Carry Permit
- Driver’s options to challenge a ticket
The Open Meeting also focused on Golf Carts: State and local laws governing golf carts
- Must be 16 and possess a valid driver’s license
- Must carry and possess Liability insurance
- Must have and carry a Registration Certificate issued by SCDOT
- May not drive after dark
- May only drive on streets/highways with 35 mph or less speed limit
- May only travel 4 miles or less from home
Low Speed Vehicles (LSV) are different than a golf cart.
- LSV must have headlights, seatbelts, turn signals and shatter proof windshield
- Must have license plate from DMV displayed
- May drive after dark
- All other golf cart rules apply
- Must be certified as an LSV by manufacturer, modified golf carts do not qualify