The city of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina is trying to steal property using eminent domain, but some citizens aren't just sitting idly by and letting it happen, including a listener of The LAVA Flow. Thank you for joining me on the thirty-fifth episode of The LAVA Spurt, Myrtle Beach City Stealing Property. And, make sure to hang out to the end of this episode for your chance to win a prize pack!

Tim, a listener of The LAVA Flow, sent me a couple of articles relating to the city of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, using eminent domain to steal the property of business owners. Myrtle Beach announced on January 24th that the Superblock area of Myrtle Beach would essentially be torn down to make way for a rebuild of Chapin Memorial Library and The Children’s Museum of South Carolina. This is a business district in the city and there are at least two property owners who do not want to sell their property, and they are telling the city to shove it.

The city has apparently made offers on the two properties but the price has not been right for the businesses. So, instead of dealing with it in a fair, rational way, the city is just going to steal the fucking property. And why wouldn't they? Isn't that what would happen if Wal-Mart wanted to buy the property, or if I wanted to buy the property? Of course not. But, the city has some perceived power supposedly given to them by voters who don't have that power to give away anyway, all because of some social contract that no one ever signed. It's pretty simple. If I don't have the power to steal your business, then how can I possibly vote to give the power to someone else to steal your business? This is irrational and immoral.

But some citizens of Myrtle Beach aren't taking this sitting down. A group of downtown business owners and Myrtle Beach residents formed a human chain around Jack Thompson’s Photography Studio & Gallery Wednesday afternoon to show support for the local business owner in his fight against the city’s eminent domain decision.

There is a Facebook group set up called Freedom Defense Myrtle Beach that was started by John Pruett to try and stop the city from stealing more property than they already have. If you're in the area, definitely check it out.

 

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The city of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina is trying to steal property using eminent domain, but some citizens aren't just sitting idly by and letting it happen, including a listener of The LAVA Flow. Thank you for joining me on the thirty-fifth episode of The LAVA Spurt, Myrtle Beach City Stealing Property. And, make sure to hang out to the end of this episode for your chance to win a prize pack!

Tim, a listener of The LAVA Flow, sent me a couple of articles relating to the city of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, using eminent domain to steal the property of business owners. Myrtle Beach announced on January 24th that the Superblock area of Myrtle Beach would essentially be torn down to make way for a rebuild of Chapin Memorial Library and The Children’s Museum of South Carolina. This is a business district in the city and there are at least two property owners who do not want to sell their property, and they are telling the city to shove it.

The city has apparently made offers on the two properties but the price has not been right for the businesses. So, instead of dealing with it in a fair, rational way, the city is just going to steal the fucking property. And why wouldn't they? Isn't that what would happen if Wal-Mart wanted to buy the property, or if I wanted to buy the property? Of course not. But, the city has some perceived power supposedly given to them by voters who don't have that power to give away anyway, all because of some social contract that no one ever signed. It's pretty simple. If I don't have the power to steal your business, then how can I possibly vote to give the power to someone else to steal your business? This is irrational and immoral.

But some citizens of Myrtle Beach aren't taking this sitting down. A group of downtown business owners and Myrtle Beach residents formed a human chain around Jack Thompson’s Photography Studio & Gallery Wednesday afternoon to show support for the local business owner in his fight against the city’s eminent domain decision.

Business owner Irene Kirszd said, “I’m just hurt by it. No one came to me telling me what’s going to happen. How about me who invested my life, my money, and my attention. I don’t know nothing.”

John Pruett, a long time Myrtle Beach resident and friend of Jack Thompson, presented a petition to the Downtown Redevelopment Corporation that he and other current and former business owners started.

Pruitt said, “We were told there was nothing we can do, that it’s a done deal and so it just didn’t sound really right. This is America, you know, we can at least express our frustrations somehow.”

The petition, as stated on the document, is “to defend the right of property ownership against unfair use of eminent domain by the City of Myrtle Beach.” Before the list of signatures begins, a question on the document reads, “If these individuals can have their entire property, buildings and/or businesses taken from them today, what is to keep it from happening to you tomorrow?”

John Pruett also said, “I don’t think of eminent domain as where you come along and the city has a better idea than entrepreneurs and says, ‘you know, we want your entire building, we want your entire property, we want your entire business that’s operating because we have a better idea than you have."

I don't know where Pruett has been living, but that is what eminent domain has pretty much always been. This reminds me of a case close to where I use to live in a city in Mississippi stealing people's homes for a golf course, even tricking one family to leave their home and then bulldozing the house after they refused to sell for a couple of years, and this was back in the mid-90s.

The city of Myrtle Beach says it will move forward by any means necessary. Fuck them in the neck.

The city manager of Myrtle Beach, John Pederesen, told News13, “This is a way to do it and this is traditionally the way that we’ve done it and traditionally a way that government helps to add value to an area that’s in distress."

Some other interesting quotes from city officials are even worse.

"If they want to pitch a fit, let 'em"- response by the city attorney, Tom Ellenburg, when the media objected to their lack of transparency at the Budget Retreat

And the Mayor of Myrtle Beach said this back in January, "We were looking - and determined, to buy this section, if nothing else, to tear it down and open it up for space to have parking.

These are bad actors, and they know it. They are using the force of government to steal hard-earned property from innocent people. If you're in the Myrtle Beach area, help these folks stand up for their property.

There is a Facebook group set up called Freedom Defense Myrtle Beach that was started by John Pruett to try and stop the city from stealing more property than they already have. If you're in the area, definitely check it out. There's a link to the group in the show notes to this episode at thelavaflow.com/tls35.

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