Tuesday, April 7, 2009

SPRING TIDE ...A Time for the Inlet

The Beach is the image most visitors have of the Grand Strand of Myrtle Beach SC., but a whole different perspective exists when you travel south along the South Carolina coast. Tidal Flats, marsh grass and countless inlets make up the coastal geography of Murrells Inlet SC., and on southward to Georgetown. There is a timeless beauty to the region, which contrasts greatly to the hustle & bustle of the huge vacation mecca of Myrtle Beach to the north. Here, you can still look over vistas of unspoiled beauty.

Despite the Inlet’s oasis of natures charm, steady advancing development in the area takes it’s toll each year. If not for the efforts of local volunteers who each spring comb the coast, collecting trash and debris, the inlet’s pristine nature would all but fade away. The Murrells Inlet Spring Tide arose out of the need to clean up the area after the devastation of Hurricane Hugo in 1989. Since then, the 3rd. Sunday in April has been set aside each year to groom the area and actively give back to the land.

“After Hurricane Hugo, Murrells Inlet was a mess...,” says Chip Smith, the founder of Spring Tide. “...but the community turned out in force and worked hard to bring back the beauty and ease the scars left by Hugo. The Spring Tide continued to become a great annual event that brings together the Inlet's community spirit and pride in maintaining it's natural beauty. We have fun, work a little bit, and enjoy the day."

Come on out April 26th, and answer the call of Spring. Come early and make a day of it.

WHEN: Sunday, April 26th. 8:30AM/9AM (Official Start)
WHERE: The Hot Fish Club 4911 Hwy 17 Business, Murrells Inlet, SC 843-357-9175
EVENT INFO:Call 843-357-2007

Bring a jacket, comfortable shoes, and an appetite...after the clean-up THE BEST DAMN CLAM CHOWDER CHALLENGE is held. Free for participants, you can judge for yourself who makes the best chowder in the Inlet!
Afterward stay for the party, the music, and auction.

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