January 1, 2022
The Neighborhood Watch held its final Committee Meeting of the year on December 7 th at Putters Pub. It was the first in-person meeting in over a year due to COVID concerns. There were 16 people in attendance including the NW Committee: Forman, Moyse and Watkins. In addition, Neal Witkin, BRRA Board Liaison, and Mike Waters, Traffic Committee were in attendance. Eight NW Community Coordinators attended. Guests were Councilwoman Nikki Fontana and NMB Department of Public Safety Officer Stephen Murphy. Residents Brent and Norma Watson also attended.
Chairman Forman reported the following NW volunteers were stepping down at the end of 2021:
Al Curley - Leatherleaf
Debbie Hojnacki - Oak Point
Jeannie Reeder - Bridal Ridge
John Carpovich will fill the vacancy left by Debbie Hojnacki
NW Committee Member and Coordinator for Single Family Homes
Candy Watkins is stepping down
Charlie Forman will fill the vacancy left by Candy Watkins
Charlie Forman is stepping down
Mike Waters will succeed him as NW Committee Chair
Chairman Forman honored all of them for their volunteer service to their respective communities and for their support of the NW.
BRRA Liaison Witkin gave an update on the Beach Cabana and the expected ribbon cutting and grand opening date. He also answered numerous questions from the audience.
A property owner spoke of possible intruders at their residence late at night on multiple occasions and asked Officer Murphy for advice on how to handle this. Several suggestions were made including a request to Ponderosa Management to trim the shrubbery around the property owners home to a lower level around the windows and doors for safety. The property owners also requested NMB Police come to their home and do a safety survey.
Councilwoman Fontana gave an update on recent Council activity including budget activity. She also indicated the 2021 North Myrtle Beach population stood at 18,790 residents.
Officer Murphy provided a Police call-out report indicating there were 31 vehicle and 5 golf cart tickets violation stops in October by NMB Police. He reported there is typically a NMB Patrol Car in Barefoot Resort 24 hours a day. He also offered to hold a Personal Safety Training Seminar exclusively for Barefoot Residents in early 2022 if there was enough interest by residents.
The Neighborhood Watch Open Meeting on Personal Safety was held on December 15 at 4:00 PM via Zoom. There were 22 residents on the Zoom call. Officer Murphy highlighted 4 key areas for residents to keep in mind for their personal safety: Awareness, Intuition, Mindset, Boundaries and Miscellaneous Weapons at their disposal and explained the reasoning behind each.