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Ride 3 Endorsements

"Passage of Ride 3 is critical to our quality of life! As the popularity of our area continues to grow, so does the influx of traffic from both tourists and new residents. A 'yes' vote for Ride 3 will provide the necessary funding to complete critical road projects that will ease severe traffic congestion. Simply put, it means less time sitting in traffic and more time doing the things that matter most!"

Laura Crowther, CEO of the Coastal Carolinas Association of Realtors

"It is critical that we pass Ride 3. This is our only option in repairing, adding and improving our road system in Horry County. We cannot wait or depend on Columbia or Washington… It is simply not in their budget or on their radar. A vote 'yes' for Ride 3 allows us, Horry County residents, to control our own future. The money we raise stays here in Horry County and is used for our roads only. A vote ‘yes’ not only improves our roads but also creates hundreds of jobs. Our tourists are very important to us and what better way for them to help us than by sharing in our efforts to repair our infrastructure. A vote 'yes' to Ride 3 does just that. We are fortunate that we have a destination that is desired by so many and a law in place that allows us to ask them to help fund our roads."

Robert Hucks, Director of the North Myrtle Beach Chamber of Commerce Foundation Board

"The passing and subsequent implementation of RIDE 3 would certainly be exponentially beneficial as it's impact would not only be felt by all residents of Horry County, but also neighboring counties throughout South Carolina and border counties of North Carolina. We would see a tremendous increase in intercity accessibility, convenience of commerce, expansion of job growth, improved traffic flow, as well as overall road safety for residents and visitors alike. Though an obviously sizable cost, these direly required improvements are an absolute necessity for the restoration and advancement of Horry County's infrastructure, to improve residential quality of life while confidently maintaining our continued role as the leading ambassador of South Carolina tourism."

Stewart Brown, Chair of the Public Policy Council, North Myrtle Beach Chamber of Commerce

"As a resident and REALTOR, in North Myrtle Beach, I support the passage of Ride 3. The continued growth of our area is dependent upon new and better roads, while also maintaining the current infrastructure in place. The passage of Ride 3 will insure these needs are addressed. We need positive, and progressive thinking such as this to insure the continued success, and growth of the entire Grand Strand. As written, there is no burden placed on any single individual, but funds will be obtained through a 1% fee to all, for a determined amount of time, visitors included. With the positive outcome and revenues produced by Ride 1, and 2 we have proven this is a viable revenue source that enhances our daily standard of living."

Scott Ellis, Executive Board Member of the North Myrtle Beach Chamber of Commerce and Economic Development Chair 2016-2017

"It is imperative that we pass Ride 3. Since funds are not available from other sources, Ride 3 allows the citizens of Horry County to raise funds in their own community to be used for roads in their community. Because we are a destination area for many tourists, this program allows the citizens to continue the much needed improvements to infrastructure and roadways as an investment to our communities, jobs, and maintaining our roadways and infrastructure so that our tourist dependent market will continue to prosper."

Ralph Pandure, Professional & Executive Banker – SVP at NBSC

"On November 8th, I will be voting YES for RIDE 3, the best opportunity we have to improve our local roadways. With a fast-growing permanent population and more tourists visiting our community, we need better roads and enhanced connectivity, yet our state and federal governments have demonstrated they are not prepared to address these needs. RIDE 3 will expand our local infrastructure, improve safety and reduce traffic congestion. It's our money, our roads and our decision. "

Brad Dean, President of the Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce/CVB

"As a resident of North Myrtle Beach, SC I find it to be imperative to support Ride 3. We are a tourist destination for families all over the world. Our city and businesses have created a wonderful environment for us to live, entertain, and raise families. Unfortunately, the funding for our roads is not at the level required to repair, maintain, and build in Horry County. By voting "yes" to Ride 3 it empowers Horry County and visitors to continue strategic economic growth; providing jobs locally and infrastructure for future visitors. We are blessed to live in an area that is considered a favorite destination by many. A "yes" vote to Ride 3 allows those visitors to help keep Horry County great and develop. Please assist our community in this critical matter by voting "yes" to Ride 3. Horry County needs your support."

Callie Wise, Agent/Business Owner at Callie Wise State Farm

"We are in favor of passing Ride 3. This is our only option in repairing, adding and improving our road system in Horry County. We cannot wait or depend on money from Columbia or Washington. It is simply not in their budget or on their radar. A vote "yes" for Ride 3 allows us, Horry County residents, to control our own future. The money we raise stays here in Horry County and is used for our roads only. A vote "yes" not only improves our roads but creates hundreds of jobs. Our tourists are very important to us and what better way for them to help us than by sharing in our efforts to repair our infrastructure. A vote "yes" to Ride 3 does just that. We are fortunate that we have a destination that is desired by so many and a law in place that allows us to ask them to help fund our roads."

Jonathan Fussell, President of Duplin Winery

"The roads in Horry County are sorely lacking the funds for much needed improvements that have a direct impact on the safety of our residents. I have a very close friend that was recently in a terrible car accident in the Forestbrook area that I believe was due to the poor conditions of the main thoroughfare in Forestbrook. As a longtime resident of Horry County, I like the fact that a vast majority of these proposed road improvements will be paid by tourists. Knowing that the penny tax will end due to the Ride 3 sunset clause is an attractive feature of the project as well. I look forward to seeing further improvements to our roads in a county that I love dearly, which should also make the county even more attractive for future tourists."

Carol B. Burroughs

"I am sure I am like a lot of folks who don’t want additional taxes, but this one I support for four very good reasons: (1) We need a number of road improvements in Horry County and neither the state nor the federal government is going to fund them for us. So, there is no Plan B. This is the Independent Republic’s plan and the Independent Republic’s money. (2) Better roads help fuel a better economy for the area, which is good for everyone. (3) It is not a permanent tax and in eight years it will automatically come off. (4) Tourists will also benefit from these improvements and will pay a very large share of the revenue that is collected for the plan."

Delan Stevens

"I strongly support the Ride 3 initiative. Ride 1 and 2 built and improved numerous roads that enhanced ingress and egress for tourists and residents along the Grand Strand and throughout Horry County. Ride 3 will take those improvements to the next level by focusing on roads that will benefit residents and enhance connectivity that will greatly improve traffic congestion throughout the County. Furthermore, the HEALTH AND SAFTEY of County residents will be positively impacted. Response times for Emergency Services will improve, as will access to evacuation routes, and the time required to evacuate in the event of a natural disaster will be abated.

Finally, I submit failing to support Ride 3 on the basis that the funding for all of our road improvements should come exclusively from Columbia is erroneous;

  • Tourists will pay a large portion of the Ride 3 funds thereby reducing the burden on County residents.
  • The existing funding source (gas tax) would have to be raised dramatically, AND the procedure for allocating those funds would have to be amended at the State level for meaningful additional funding to come to from Columbia. While both are possible over a significant time (many years), neither is currently under consideration.
  • The roads to be improved pursuant to Ride 3 are selected by local business leaders from a cross section of Horry County after thoughtful analysis - NOT DICTATED FROM COLUMBIA.
  • The reality is we can continue to complain about traffic gridlock and look to State government to fix it for us - in the face of decades of their inability to do so - or we can hit our transportation problem head on and solve it ourselves (with much of the money to do so coming from tourists)."

David F Singleton, Sr.

"We must support and pass RIDE 3. The Ride program is a proven success and has produced positive and rapid results. The Ride Plan is a painless & fair method to build roads. We must have roads for growth, tourism, economic growth and most importantly Jobs. We need roads and are years behind. Let’s keep this successful plan going."

Charley Ray, President, Ray Realty, Inc. / Past President, Coastal Carolinas Association of Realtors

I am writing to offer my support for the RIDE III referendum in this coming election. The monies provided by the referendum and RIDE I and II have placed Horry County in control of its infrastructure without having to be dependent upon Columbia. Our needs have often been subordinated to other areas of the state, and this places control in our hands. It certainly distributes the cost of road construction most equitably between all users, both local and tourist. The advantages of being able to move forward on our time table and with local control have given us a much improved, convenient, and safe transportation system. I certainly support the passage of RIDE III in November.

Hal B. Holmes, Jr.

"Ride 3 is a much-needed tool to support the growing need of transportation infrastructure in the local market. Unfortunately, as we have seen over time, waiting and wanting additional financial support from Columbia is not likely to happen without an elongated political battle that may or may not have the outcome we want... and by the time it is decided, we will be that much further behind. Ride 3 provides the structure to allow the generation of funding for a list of road jobs that comes from not only the local residents but also from tourists that add to the stress of the infrastructure. The provisions of the law governing Ride 3 do not allow for a never-ending funding source but rather has a sunset clause built into it. Money from Ride 3 will provide more local jobs and add monies to the local economy. As a utility provider, we have a great dependence on the ability for our technicians and support personnel to get to our facilities in a timely manner. Road infrastructure is critical to that success. We wholeheartedly support the efforts to get Ride 3 approved."

Brent D. Groome, Chief Exec-Marketing, Economic, & Strategic Initiatives with HTC, Inc.

"Please accept this as my endorsement of the Ride 3 proposal. I am in support of this funding mechanism because infrastructure is one of the fundamental roles of government and while private roads can, and have been, created, we have as a nation largely pursued public roadways. Competing with other states and destinations requires that we provide the road infrastructure that our tourists and investors expect. So, while I favor small government whenever practical, I believe that we need this expenditure for our community."

Norton Geddie, McCutchen, Mumford, Vaught, & Geddie, P.A.

"Please accept this email as my full support for Ride 3 for adding, repairing, and improving our road system in Horry County. We really can’t wait any longer or depend on money from Columbia, SC or Washington. This is not in their budget and unfortunately not on their radar. Please note that I vote "YES" for Ride 3. This will allow us, Horry County Residents, to control our own future. This is so important. This money we raise will stay here in Horry County are used for our roads only. It not only improves our roads but creates job which we definitely need more of. The tourists in our area are very important to us and what a better way of saying thank you and for them to help us than sharing our efforts to repair our infrastructure. We are fortunate that we have the destination that we do and that is so desired by so many. Please vote "YES"! You definitely have my support."

Walter Pigg, Member of the Board of Directors of the North Myrtle Beach Chamber of Commerce, CVB

"It is critical that we pass Ride 3. This is our only option in repairing, adding and improving our road system in Horry County. We cannot wait or depend on money from Columbia or Washington. It is simply not in their budget or on their radar. A vote "yes" for Ride 3 allows us, Horry County residents, to control our own future. The money we raise stays here in Horry County and is used for our roads only.. A vote "yes" not only improves our roads but also creates hundreds of jobs. Our tourists are very important to us and what better way for them to help us than by sharing in our efforts to repair our infrastructure. A vote "yes" to Ride 3 does just that. We are fortunate that we have a destination that is desired by so many and a law in place that allows us to ask them to help fund our roads."

Jeri McCumbee, Chairman of the North Myrtle Beach Chamber of Commerce

"As a life-long citizen of Horry County, I am writing to offer my support for the Ride 3 road improvement project and referendum that will appear on the ballot in November. I've studied this topic carefully and believe the Ride 3 improvement project to be critical to the health of our local economy. Because the expense for these road improvements will be paid for largely by tourists, the life-blood of the area, locals should all rally around this critical measure. The only delays regarding a few isolated projects under Ride 1 and 2 have been caused solely by environmental groups - in spite of their efforts to obstruct, all projects have been completed or are currently under construction. The Ride 3 road improvements will advance the health and safety of area residents by enhancing fire and EMS response times, and improving access to evacuation routes. In addition, these new roads will enhance connectivity to goods and services and ease traffic congestion for residents throughout Horry County."

Thomas Hughes

"Having been born and raised in Conway, I have witnessed firsthand exponential growth in Horry County. I remember how deserted Myrtle Beach became in September during my childhood, and how exciting it was to see the tourists rolling back into town in May. In time, we began to see more year round visitors, and recently have experienced a population explosion. Sadly, our roads have struggled to accommodate the increased traffic; hence the desperate need for projects like Ride 3. The roads to be built or improved upon were selected by locals not dictated by Columbia. The cost burden will largely fall on our visitors, not our residents. The money will be used strictly for roads and nothing else. Better roads mean faster response times for first responders and more efficient evacuation routes in case of an emergency. I wholeheartedly support the Ride 3 project and believe this is an initiative we can all proudly stand behind. "

Tammy Hughes

"These (RIDE 3) road improvements will be paid for largely by tourists with the penny tax and the funds are required by law to be used only for these roads. This project will certainly improve the health and safety of all area residents."

Merrell W. Floyd

I'm writing to voice my support for the RIDE 3 road improvement project. Good roads are of the utmost importance to Horry County. Not only will the new road improvements enhance fire and EMS response times but they will also improve access to evacuation routes. Improved roads will also help ease congestion for the residents of Horry County as they seek out goods and services in the surrounding areas. Finally, all new road improvement projects need to be funded largely by the millions and millions of tourists that come here annually to enjoy our communities. We cannot afford to do these projects without the help of the tourists.

Gene Pharr

"I think it is imperative that the citizens get fully on board with Ride 3. There are many improvements realised that would not have happened without Ride 1 & 2. If we think that the folks in Columbia are going to come to our rescue then look at the proof so far. With Ride 3 much of the funding is generated by our tourist. I please with all of our voters to please show up and vote yes for this."

Bobby Smith, Conway

"I support RIDE 3 as a means of improving the roadway projects in our area that we deem appropriate and necessary. While I don’t always support higher taxation, I do like the sunset clause that ends the tax in eight years."

Bill Marsh, President of Palmetto Chevrolet Co., Inc.

"I fully support Ride III, because it will improve the quality of life for Conway and our County . We must keep moving forward on our road improvements. The penny tax is our best option to keep our families safe and ease congestion on our roadways."

Jimmy P. Jordan, LandMax Real Estate, Inc.

"I respect the advice of all the community leaders hard work and favorable studies concerning the RIDE III program. With the continual tourist and population growth in our area, the RIDE III program MUST be implemented. I endorse and support this important issue on our November ballot."

Bradley D. Mayers

"I support the Ride 3 road projects because they were selected by local community leaders from across the County after extensive study, rather than dictated from Columbia. In addition, the costs for road improvements will be paid for largely by tourists, will advance the health and safety of area residents by enhancing emergency response times and will help ease traffic congestion for residents throughout Horry County."

Philip C. Thompson, Esquire

"As a resident of the area between Conway and Myrtle Beach and as an advocate for the safety of our employees at Conbraco Industries Inc., I support the Ride 3 initiative, including the penny local-option sales tax to fund the road projects. This has proven to be beneficial to local residents and tourists alike."

Joe Snurr, Conbraco Industries Inc.

I am in favor of Ride 3 because we desperately need more and better roads in Horry County. We can't depend on Columbia providing us with what we need here in Horry County. The tourist will help pay for Ride 3 and all of the funds generated from Ride 3 will be used locally here in Horry County. We certainly need a southern route with a bypass around Conway in which Conway has been a bottleneck around in getting traffic out of the Grand Strand area.

Charles A. Timbes Jr., C.A. Timbes Vending & Food Service

I strongly support the RIDE 3 initiative. While RIDE 1 and 2 did much to improve ingress and egress along the Grand Strand that benefited tourists and locals alike, RIDE 3 improvements will focus entirely on roads that greatly enhance connectivity for residents, and eliminate gridlock in many areas. Health and Safety will also be much improved as Emergency response times will be positively impacted as will access to evacuation routes in the event of a natural disaster.

I strongly disagree with those that do not support Ride 3 on the basis that "all funding for roads should come exclusively from Columbia'' . The facts are as follows;

  • The existing structure re allocation of State taxes among Counties for roads has been in place for decades and has much to do with population and the seniority of State Representatives. As Horry County continues grow, and if we re-elect deserving Representatives, we will receive more money from Columbia in the future... unfortunately that may be decades away.
  • The primary source of road improvement funding at the State level comes from the gas tax. In order for Horry County to get monies equivalent to the 600 million generated from RIDE 3 penny sales tax for Horry County, the gas tax would have to be raised dramatically - likely costing many area residents MORE in taxes than the RIDE 3 initiative.
  • The RIDE 3 penny tax will be paid for largely by tourists greatly decreasing the burden on residents.
  • The roads selected for improvement by the RIDE 3 Committee reflect local decisions based upon local input - not improvements dictated from Columbia. Home rule consistently generates superior results for local communities.

We have two choices; complain about gridlock and point the finger at Columbia or take the initiative and, with the help of hundreds of millions of tax dollars generated by tourists, improve our roads and enhance our standard of living in the process.

D F Singleton

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