8.24.2017

Find these kindness rocks, snag Balsam Range goodies during our Bluegrass Weekend in Myrtle Beach

You know the kindness rocks that have become so popular spreading love around Ocean Lakes? We’re kicking it up a notch – bluegrass style.

Three special rocks – inspired by bluegrass band Balsam Range’s hit “Stacking up the Rocks” – will be hidden in the campground Friday, the first day of our 19th Annual Premier Bluegrass Weekend. Balsam Range is set to hit the stage in our Recreation Center on Saturday.


In addition to spreading the love by channeling the band’s song, these special rocks – with praying hands, crosses or the song name on one side and Balsam Range on the other – come with prizes for the lucky ones who find them.

n  Guests who snag the rocks should bring them to our Recreation Center to claim Balsam Range merchandise and a special gift from Ocean Lakes.
n  Post a pic of them on the Ocean Lakes and Balsam Range social media pages with #stackinguptherocks

“We are just trying to send a positive message,” said Mandy Terney, Balsam Range’s tour manager. “Put a little fun, nice message out there.”


The kindness rocks movement, spreading positive vibes in cities across the country, marries perfectly with one of Balsam Range’s most popular songs, “Stacking up the Rocks.” The story behind the song is even more inspiring than the tune itself.

The band’s Buddy Melton wrote the song after miraculously recovering from a near death farm accident in March 2012.

Melton sustained life-threatening injuries after his nose, forehead and right eye socket were shattered when a cow kicked a metal gate that crushed Melton’s face.

“They had given him a really bad prognosis,” Terney said. “There was a little amount of time they didn’t even know if he was going to survive.”

His mother prayed hard. Rallied others to pray, too.

“He just did like a 180,” Terney said. “It was miraculous.”

His mom pointed out that Melton made that miraculous recovery the same day as the “stacking up the rocks” story outlined in the Bible verse of Chapter 4 in Joshua. Joshua led the Israelites across the Jordan and God stopped the river from flowing. A dozen men went back and stacked up stones by the river as a memorial of the miracle that occurred.

The timing inspired Melton to write “Stacking Up the Rocks,” a memorial of sorts for Melton’s miracle that has become one of Balsam Range’s most popular songs.





See the band perform that special song Saturday as they headline the second day of our Bluegrass Weekend. Tickets for the two days of concerts are $45 in advance, $50 starting Friday.

Ocean Lakes is the first venue to partner with Balsam Range on this Kindness Rock Hunt, but be on the lookout for #stackinguptherocks at other Balsam Range shows.


“I want it to be an ongoing thing,” Terney said.

8.04.2017

Equipment problems delay arrival of renourishment work on beach by Ocean Lakes

Equipment problems have stalled progress on beach renourishment work this week, delaying its arrival on the beach by Ocean Lakes Family Campground.

Crews finished repairing offshore equipment and got sand pumping to the beach again Friday morning after a week of delays. The work is expected to reach the beach by Ocean Lakes on Sunday or Monday, barring any additional mechanical or weather delays.

Crews work Friday morning to repair the booster pump used to get sand to the beach for renourishment. Mechanical problems with the boosters have delayed progress up the beach this week.
Crews have been stuck in the same spot just south of the Holiday Inn Oceanfront at Surfside Beach most of the week because of equipment problems with the offshore boosters.

The renourishment work stalled just south of the Holiday Inn Oceanfront at Surfside Beach this week. Crews resumed renourishment work Friday. 

The boosters pump sand to the beach, where crews use heavy equipment to spread the sand to build up the beaches, which have been battered by hurricanes, most recently Hurricane Matthew in October.

The schedule depends on a number of factors, including weather and equipment issues, and can change at any moment.

Until the delays this week, crews had been steadily progressing up the beach since beginning the $26.3 million renourishment project just north of the SurfsideBeach Pier in July.





It will take about 10 to 14 days to complete the nearly mile-long stretch of beach by Ocean Lakes, barring any weather or mechanical delays.

Beach-goers can track the progress with the real-time onlinemap.




Will I still have access to the beach?

Yes. Crews are blocking off 1,000-foot sections of beach at a time for the work and anticipate each section will be closed about two or three days. 
The beach by Ocean Lakes stretches nearly 5,000 feet, so guests still will have access to the majority of the beach by Ocean Lakes at any given time during the work – it just may not be their usual favorite spot on the beach.

How noisy will the work be?

Crews plan to work 24 hours a day, seven days a week to finish the project as quickly as possible. There will be noise from the bulldozers, front-end loaders and other equipment, including the back-up alarms that are required by federal law and cannot be shut off.

Why are you doing this work during the peak beach season? Couldn’t you wait until the fall?

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers set the timing for this project; it was beyond Ocean Lakes’ control.
Corps officials said the money for the project came through emergency funds, which have to be spent as soon as possible. Also, there was a short window this summer when the equipment needed for this project was available.

The renourishment work is crucial to rebuild the beach and dunes, which help protect the area from storms. Hurricane Matthew in October wiped out our dunes and battered our beaches.
“Beginning the construction project now enables the major, long-term benefits of protecting people and property from storm damage to be realized as soon as possible and before peak hurricane season,” said Glenn Jeffries, spokeswoman for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in Charleston.

Is there a way to know where crews are working before I head to the beach each day?

Yes. Beach-goers can track the progress on a real-time map to see where the work is taking place.

How long will crews be working on the beach by Ocean Lakes?

Crews will work in 1,000-foot sections and are expected to complete about 500 feet a day. It will take crews about 10 to 14 days to complete the stretch of beach by Ocean Lakes, barring any mechanical or weather delays. At any given time, the majority of the beach will be open and available to beach-goers.

What’s the deal with this pipe running along the ocean?

The pipe runs up the beach outside of the blocked-off work area and is used to pump the sand onto the beach.
Please do not sit on the pipe or try to climb over it. Use the sand ramps over them to cross safely.


Use the sand ramps to cross the pipe on the beach.
We thank all of our guests for their patience and cooperation during this much-needed work. Enjoy your stay with us!


8.02.2017

Here's what you need to know to make the most of the S.C. Sales Tax Holiday this weekend

If shopping is on your to-do list at the beach this weekend, you’re going to save a few bucks.

Shoppers will not pay sales tax on many items – including clothing, bathing suits, beach towels, linens, computers and school supplies - during South Carolina’s Sales Tax Holiday, which kicks off Friday, Aug. 4 and wraps up Sunday.



Splurge on that new bathing suit for your vacation. Stock up on the bath towels, bed linens and bath mats you need to outfit your rental house. Or just get that souvenir Myrtle Beach T-shirt. 

Shoppers won’t pay the state’s 6 percent sales tax and applicable local tax on those and many other items on the long list of tax-free items this weekend.  




Not everything will be tax free. Shoppers will still pay taxes on jewelry, cosmetics, furniture, wallets, watches and other items including many household goods such as window curtains, wastebaskets, cookware, table placements, toys and others.

Be sure to check if the items on your shopping list are tax free before heading to the store.






All retailers participate in the tax-free weekend, and many offer special discounts on top of the sales tax savings.

Shoppers have saved between $2 million and $3 million during the sales tax holiday in previous years, according to the S.C. Department of Revenue.


Happy shopping!

8.01.2017

Six things to know about beach renourishment as work reaches the beach by Ocean Lakes

The much-needed beach renourishment work is expected to reach the beach by Ocean Lakes Family Campground this week.

Crews work on the renourishment project the week of July 24 north of the pier in Surfside Beach.

Officials can’t pinpoint an exact day when the work will start by Ocean Lakes because of factors including weather (not only on the beach but out in the ocean where the boosters operate) and potential mechanical issues, which have stopped work at times since Friday. 

On Tuesday morning, the blocked-off work area extended to just south of the Holiday Inn Oceanfront at Surfside Beach. A mechanical issue was keeping sand from pumping Tuesday morning, but crews were working to fix the issue and resume their work. Work is expected to resume Wednesday morning.

Once the work resumes, crews with Great Lakes Dredge & Dock Co. expect to reach the southern border of the campground by the Holiday Inn in two to three days. Beach-goers can track the progress using a real-time map.

A kite flies next to the renourishment work area Tuesday morning just south of the Holiday Inn Oceanfront at Surfside Beach.
The project pumps sand from offshore onto the beach, where crews use front-end loaders and other heavy equipment to distribute the sand and build up the beach.

Crews with Great Lakes Dredge & Dock Co. met with officials at Ocean Lakes Family Campground and Horry County Stormwater Management on Monday to review details about the renourishment work.

Here are some key things to remember as the work approaches the beach by Ocean Lakes:

Will I still have access to the beach?

Yes. Crews are blocking off 1,000-foot sections of beach at a time for the work and anticipate each section will be closed about two or three days. 
The beach by Ocean Lakes stretches nearly 5,000 feet, so guests still will have access to the majority of the beach by Ocean Lakes at any given time during the work – it just may not be their usual favorite spot on the beach.

How noisy will the work be?

Crews plan to work 24 hours a day, seven days a week to finish the project as quickly as possible. There will be noise from the bulldozers, front-end loaders and other equipment, including the back-up alarms that are required by federal law and cannot be shut off.

Why are you doing this work during the peak beach season? Couldn’t you wait until the fall?

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers set the timing for this project; it was beyond Ocean Lakes’ control.
Corps officials said the money for the project came through emergency funds, which have to be spent as soon as possible. Also, there was a short window this summer when the equipment needed for this project was available.


The beach by Ocean Lakes Family Campground the day after Hurricane Matthew hit in October.
The renourishment work is crucial to rebuild the beach and dunes, which help protect the area from storms. Hurricane Matthew in October wiped out our dunes and battered our beaches.
“Beginning the construction project now enables the major, long-term benefits of protecting people and property from storm damage to be realized as soon as possible and before peak hurricane season,” said Glenn Jeffries, spokeswoman for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in Charleston.

Is there a way to know where crews are working before I head to the beach each day?

Yes. Beach-goers can track the progress on a real-time map to see where the work is taking place.

How long will crews be working on the beach by Ocean Lakes?

Crews will work in 1,000-foot sections and are expected to complete about 500 feet a day. It will take crews about 10 to 14 days to complete the stretch of beach by Ocean Lakes, though at any given time the majority of the beach will be open and available to beach-goers.

Beach-goers should use the sand ramps to cross over pipes outside the blocked-off work area.
What’s the deal with this pipe running along the ocean?

The pipe runs up the beach outside of the blocked-off work area and is used to pump the sand onto the beach.

Please do not sit on the pipe or try to climb over it. Use the sand ramps over them to cross safely.

We thank all of our guests for their patience and cooperation during this much-needed work. Enjoy your stay with us!