YesWeCAN! Autism-Friendly Events in Surfside Beach

In April, the town of Surfside Beach, SC—recently named a top Autism-friendly travel destination—will be sponsoring a number of events and activities specifically for autism families. Surfside Realty is proud to be a part of this great event!

Families looking to rent a house or condo during their stay in Surfside Beach, are invited to fill out the event form on our website with event code "YesWeCAN" or call us at 1-800-833-8231 so that we may match you up with one of our many autism-friendly vacation rentals. 

Here is the schedule of events for April:

When: April 1, 15 and 22, 10-2pm
What: Family Surf Experience. 
Where: Beach access 13th Avenue South, Surfside Beach SC. 
A supported, safe surfing experience for your child with Autism and the entire family.  Reservations required 2 weeks prior to the event to ensure proper supports and volunteers; by March 15th for the April 1 event, April 1 for the April 15 event and April 8 for the April 22nd event.  Parents should be prepared to go into the water if needed.  Life vests and surf boards provided.  Children with Autism can be on the board alone, or ride tandem.  There will be a “gauntlet” of people that your child will surf through so they will be caught immediately if they fall.  Once you sign-up, you will be contacted to answer a detailed questionnaire about your child with Autism to ensure proper support.

When: April 1, 15 and 22, 11am-1pm
What: Sand Castle Building. 
Where: Beach access 13th Avenue South, Surfside Beach, SC. 
Come and build a sand castle while waiting for your surf experience or watching the surfers.

When: April 2, 10am-2pm
What: Reggie Sanders Foundation Advantage Games
Where: Pelican Stadium, 1251 21st Ave N, Myrtle Beach, SC 29577. 
The Advantage Games is a one-day private event for our families, sponsors and volunteers. Each game has been carefully designed by ABA therapists to help participants work on their fine/gross motor skills, safety skills, living skills and team building. While the kids are engaged in the games we will have an Informational Fair for the parents to gain information about services that are provided in our area as well as strategies for their child to become self-sufficient and positive members in the community after the school bell and graduation. Learn more & register.

When: April 15 and 22, 4pm to 6pm
What: Ripley’s Sensory Friendly Aquarium
Where: 1110 Celebrity Cir, Myrtle Beach, SC 29577 
House lights up and music and sound effects down, lots of fun to be had.

When: April 16 and 23, 12-2pm
What: Fire House Open House and Cook out
Where: Poplar Drive between Surfside Drive and Pine Street, Surfside Beach SC. 
Come check out the fire trucks and police cars, shoot the firehose, meet Biko the police canine and enjoy a cook out with the area’s finest first responders.  NO sirens!


When: April 16 and 23, 10am
What: Sensory-Friendly Showing of Zootopia
Where: Grand 14 in Market Common, 4002 Deville Street, Myrtle Beach SC 29577
Lights up, sound down and children free to move around.  Admission is $5 per person with $1 drinks and $1 popcorn and all concessions available. Phone: (843) 315-2991

When: April 17 and 24, 8-11am
What: Pier Fishing Experience
Where: Surfside Beach pier, the end of Surfside Drive, Surfside Beach SC.
Learn to fish using supplied bait and poles.  Volunteers will be there to help you catch some fish.

April 23, 10 am
Spanky’s Ride for Autism Awareness. 
For those motorcycle enthusiasts, the ride begins and ends at Aynor Park N Main St, Aynor, SC 29511 (973) 917-9058 Registration 10am-11:30am, Ride Begins at noon. 
$15 entrance, $5 additional passengers. Cookout follows the ride, non-rider’s plates for $5.

To learn more about Surfside’s autism-friendly properties, fill out our events form with event code “YesWeCAN” or call 1-800-83-8231.

S.C. Supreme Court Unanimously Rules Myrtle Beach's Helmet Law Invalid

Courtesy of The Sun News:

The S.C. Supreme Court today unanimously ruled Myrtle Beach's motorcycle helmet law is invalid because it is superseded by state law.

But also, the court said it found the city impliedly repealed the law itself when it repealed its own administrative court ordinance after the court's chief justices opined that was unconstitutional.

The decision was posted moments ago on the court's website.

The court ruled that all the ordinances -- 2008-61-67 -- were affected by the repeal of the administrative court hearing, but since 61 and 65, the rules about parking trailers on city streets and partying in parking lots, were made into misdemeanors, those are not invalidated.

2008-62, 63, 64 and 66, however, appear to be invalid along with the helmet law, said city attorney Tom Ellenburg.

He said the helmet law's repeal takes effect immediately, and he will issue an order that the municipal court dismiss all pending helmet tickets, that all records be expunged for those who have received tickets and paid fines, and that all fines paid be returned to the people who paid them.

Myrtle Beach passed the helmet law in 2008 as part of a package of ordinances designed to gain control over the May motorcycle rallies, which had drawn about 500,000 people to the area in peak years.

The helmet law has been by far the most controversial ordinance the city passed, and generated lawsuits by people who said the law cannot stand because it supersedes state law.

The state law says people younger than 21 must wear helmets, but has no such requirement for people older than 21.

The city's goal was to push the rallies outside city limits after years of listening to residents complain about noise, trash and lewd behavior on city streets.

Last year, the rallies' attendance was far below peak years, though rally organizers have acknowledged that attendance was slowly declining anyway.

In its ruling, the court invalidates the city's helmet law, and said there is a need for statewide uniformity in the rules on helmets and eyewear.

"Local authorities might enact ordinances imposing additional and even conflicting equipment requirements. Such burdens would unduly limit a citizen's freedom of movement throughout the state," the court wrote.

The Myrtle Beach City Council is philosophical about the loss.

"It's not going to change much," Mayor John Rhodes said. "We've already made it clear we don't support rallies and won't support rallies. We're very pleased that we had very few accidents and no deaths within the city this year during the rallies, and our residents were able to sleep and teachers were able to teach.

"And the bikers who did stay in the city and patronize our businesses respected our laws, our residents and our business community," he said. "That's all we've ever asked."

Councilman Phil Render said the city's primary responsibility is to protect residents and visitors.

"I take comfort in the fact that we had no motorcycle fatalities in Myrtle Beach in the last two years while our ordinance was in place," he said.