SENATOR LUKE RANKIN AND MYRTLE BEACH TOURIST INDUSTRY SUICIDE

Sen. Luke Rankin

In the past several weeks since the outbreak of the Coronavirus in South Carolina many Legislators have taken a stand on the actions of the South Carolina Government and how certain actions are hurting the States economy.  Lately, Senator Luke Rankin has began to voice his opinion on Social Media such as Facebook and how he thinks things should be handled.  Prior to March 17th, 2020 Senator Rankin posted basic information on the Virus which one can look up anywhere on the internet.  He also posted pictures of him supporting small business restaurants that from his comments one can assume he never visited before.  Now Senator Rankin is probably not the only one in the political world who is doing this.

A post on March 17th, 2020 on his Official Facebook Page he is informing people that Governor McMaster wrote a letter to the Small Business Association informing them he will be asking for Economic Industry Disaster Loans.  Loans are monies that must be returned, usually with interest.  On March 19th, Senator Rankin posted a video of him seeking support for his re-election.  He states, “Now is not the time to talk about past accomplishments.”   Some individuals in Horry County feel this is deflection of his past failure concerning Santee-Cooper.  Which will cost the residents of Horry County, Berkeley, and Georgetown approximately $6200.00 per household to pay off that debt, according to Governor McMaster.

On March 27th, 2020 Senator Rankin posted concerning flights coming into Myrtle Beach from Coronavirus hotspots such as New York.  He wants visitors from these hotspots to register with South Carolina DHEC and to quarantine themselves for 14 days upon arrival.  Senator Rankin made no comment on the Civil Rights Violations of his suggested practice. Some individuals we have spoken to have compared this sort of idea to what Jewish people were forced to do in Nazi Germany.  Also, Senator Rankin did not mention all the hundreds of people from these places who drive into the State of South Carolina.  Senator Rankin only targeted people who fly into Myrtle Beach.

Gov. Henry McMaster

Also on March 27th, Governor McMaster issued another Executive Order forcing individuals coming into South Carolina wether resident or not, from locations he states are identified hotspots for the virus, to quarantine themselves for 14 days even if they are simply staying 2 days.  So, a two day stay in South Carolina could force individuals into a 14 day stay under quarantine.  And if these visitors choose not to go into quarantine then they will face criminal charges of a $1000 fine and up to 30 days incarceration.  Now this Order comes one day before the State of Emergency issued by Governor McMaster ends by Constitutional Statues as the General Assembly of South Carolina did not vote to extend the State of Emergency.

Myrtle Beach has over 157,000 accommodations and only 89,000 represent hotels (the rest are homes and condos) that are usually filled by out of State visitors during this time frame.  But with the restrictions placed on leased properties and rental properties in Myrtle Beach this economic income for the area is gone.  Also, the City of Myrtle Beach and North Myrtle Beach have passed emergency ordinances forcing current visitors to leave.  In the City of Myrtle Beach guests must have left their hotels by yesterday, and North Myrtle Beach gave no grace period and forced visitors to leave the moment the ordinance was issued on March 26th, 2020.

As we have talked to several Hotel Managers who stated they have been told to uphold the ordinances for now, but feel this will impact them for a long time.  Many of the large hotels have their attorney’s looking into the legality of these ordinances.

S.C ATTORNEY GENERAL ALAN WILSON

Some City Leaders have stated they will not listen to Governor McMaster or Attorney General Alan Wilson who have stated the City and County Officials do not have the authority to issue such ordinances and that it is illegal for them to enforce them.  It would seem that Senators like Luke Rankin are causing this Governmental upset, by ignoring the Laws and Rights themselves and getting people to react on a fear basis.

This practice is being described as an economic suicide for not only the State of South Carolina but more specific for areas such as Myrtle Beach, whose tourist industry relies on visitors and renters.  Myrtle Beach brings in approximately $7 Billion a year according to Industry Research, which includes  $23.5 Million in accommodation taxes and $40 Million in Hospitality taxes (for Horry County alone).  the 20.4 Million visitors will be told to go somewhere else and more than likely will not return to Myrtle Beach causing this economic suicide to endure for several years.

As of yesterday the beaches were still packed with visitors and locals who were enjoying the warm sunny day and cool waters located in Myrtle Beach.

We reached out to one of the Senatorial Candidates John Gallman who has maintained an involvement in the Community before the Covid-19 issue began discussing major issues such Government accountability, and protecting the rights of the unborn.  He has volunteered through his Church aiding citizens during this time and has taken food to children who have been isolated during this time.  John Gallman stated, “He will maintain to be a clear and stable voice for the residents of Horry County during this crisis and will always place the needs of the residents of Horry County first.”  The Senatorial race seems to be a two person race between Gallman and Rankin, with Gallman having been visible before and during this time talking about the major issues affecting Horry County.

7 thoughts on “SENATOR LUKE RANKIN AND MYRTLE BEACH TOURIST INDUSTRY SUICIDE

  1. This article is 1-sided. You should have reached out to the family of that Lexington Assisted Home, whose family member was our first 2nd-hand casualty. You could also pull up some statistics of the health impact and economic impact of previous national heath cr isis to allow your reader some kind of benchmark and comparison.. With this 1 sided articke, as a reader, you are emphasizing merchant’s greed for money. We are all aware of the economic impacts of any given natunal disaster. We were here during hurricanes. Whike owners of the businesses in Myrtle Beach, with all of their financial resources, fked to Safety, their employees remained in town to run their business and withstand the storm.

    1. Well the article points out many things.
      Anyone can discuss if rights were violated but there is an emergency to help stop the spread of the pandemic. Weather people like it or not, stay at home means stay at home. Senator Luke Rankin is in all his rights as a Senator to ensure the safety of all the people in District 33 and also anyone entering the district. Btw Senator Luke Rankin is also an attorney. Mr Rankin I’m sure knows very well the laws of the United States! I’m sure he has pondered the decisions and the appropriate actions to take to keep everyone safe during this world global pandemic crisis! These times have put many in uncertainty of what are the appropriate actions to take. I was a New Yorker for 45 years of my life. I’m a resident of SC for six years now. I have family and friends that would like to come for New York here during these times. I told my family and friends not to come. It’s not right to have anyone during this time come and possibly bring anything here to SC. I told my family and friends to hunker down and stay home safe because there will be better times in the future for visits. We must respect the value of human lives. Rights are there to protect. During a global pandemic crisis one must use good judgment and understand the urgency of the situation whether you feel rights are being violated or not. We can all go on about if it is right or wrong to stop flights and send families home early from their hotel reservations. The truth is we are living a historic time in modern history which is unprecedented. No one expected a global pandemic crisis! Why should anyone play with the lives of many by putting us all at risk? I commend Senator Luke Rankin for his brave actions and efforts to keep not only those of Horry County safe but all visitors as well.
      For those that don’t know how bad things are in the epicenter which is NY. My friends and family are informing daily of the emergency situation in NY. Doctors, nurses and staff has walked off there posts at work because of lack of equipment and making decisions on who lives and who dies. That is how bad things have become in the epicenter which is NY. I don’t believe anyone wants that to spread here in SC. NYC hospitals are big and equipped. Just to know that they can’t accommodate the masses that are getting sick and understaffed from the pandemic is alarming! I can’t imagine the hardship that doctors are going through to make decisions on who lives and who dies! Is that what people want to happen here? I think not!
      God bless America. We must remain united and not divided!

  2. Sen. Rankins actions were no different than any other elected official. From the federal level down to local, all realized the health threat that these folks fleeing the hot zones for the beaches of the Carolinas posed to the full time residents. At the time, travel was supposed to be limited, schools were closed, and non essential businesses were closed. Residents were asked to stay home and practice social distancing. NOT travel through several states to vacation at the beach. All the while possibly spreading a potentially deadly disease to thousands of unsuspecting people. Some times being an elected official means making the right decision no matter how unpopular it may be. In my opinion Mr. Rankin took action to try and stop the spread of disease and save lives.

  3. It is extremely ill advised to continue “as normal” during this pandemic. Especially in an area dependent on tourism. Why would you bring the pandemic to your home in waves? Why risk the lives of those living here to roll the dice on bringing unknown numbers here who have been exposed, or that you have no idea if they have been exposed or not? What kind of leader or any person would do that? There must be a balance, but not at the risk of lives when the pandemic has not even come near reaching its full power yet.

  4. Well the article points out many things.
    Anyone can discuss if rights were violated but there is an emergency to help stop the spread of the pandemic. Weather people like it or not, stay at home means stay at home. Senator Luke Rankin is in all his rights as a Senator to ensure the safety of all the people in District 33 and also anyone entering the district. Btw Senator Luke Rankin is also an attorney. Mr Rankin I’m sure knows very well the laws of the United States! I’m sure he has pondered the decisions and the appropriate actions to take to keep everyone safe during this world global pandemic crisis! These times have put many in uncertainty of what are the appropriate actions to take. I was a New Yorker for 45 years of my life. I’m a resident of SC for six years now. I have family and friends that would like to come for New York here during these times. I told my family and friends not to come. It’s not right to have anyone during this time come and possibly bring anything here to SC. I told my family and friends to hunker down and stay home safe because there will be better times in the future for visits. We must respect the value of human lives. Rights are there to protect. During a global pandemic crisis one must use good judgment and understand the urgency of the situation whether you feel rights are being violated or not. We can all go on about if it is right or wrong to stop flights and send families home early from their hotel reservations. The truth is we are living a historic time in modern history which is unprecedented. No one expected a global pandemic crisis! Why should anyone play with the lives of many by putting us all at risk? I commend Senator Luke Rankin for his brave actions and efforts to keep not only those of Horry County safe but all visitors as well.
    For those that don’t know how bad things are in the epicenter which is NY. My friends and family are informing daily of the emergency situation in NY. Doctors, nurses and staff has walked off there posts at work because of lack of equipment and making decisions on who lives and who dies. That is how bad things have become in the epicenter which is NY. I don’t believe anyone wants that to spread here in SC. NYC hospitals are big and equipped. Just to know that they can’t accommodate the masses that are getting sick and understaffed from the pandemic is alarming! I can’t imagine the hardship that doctors are going through to make decisions on who lives and who dies! Is that what people want to happen here? I think not!
    God bless America. We must remain united and not divided!

    1. Ms. Lopez, we are very well aware of Sen. Rankin as an “Attorney”. We are also aware of people’s opinion of Sen. Rankin as an attorney. But his profession does not instantaneously mean he is right nor does it mean he has constituents best interest at heart.
      We do respect everyone’s opinion on our News site and welcome open friendly debate on the News Articles.

  5. Hi there! This article could not be written any better!
    Looking through this post reminds me of my previous roommate!
    He continually kept talking about this. I’ll send this
    post to him. Pretty sure he will have a very good read.
    Thanks for sharing!

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