Under the Leadership of Mark Lazarus as County Council Chairman

  • Local road construction totaling $592 million was approved by council for critical projects including:
    • The widening of Carolina Forest Boulevard
    • Palmetto Point Boulevard extension to Highway 544
    • Highway 9 East widening in Loris
    • Highway 701 North widening in North Conway
    • Fred Nash Boulevard connection to Harrelson Boulevard
    • Forestbrook Road widening
    • International Drive was finally constructed and $50 million in funding was secured to make long overdue improvements to U.S. 501 from the Carolina Bays Parkway to S.C. 544.
  • Mark worked diligently to diversify our local economy by recruiting new industry with higher paying jobs for locals.
  • Needed public safety improvements were made in the county police department to hire more officers and fight crime and drug trafficking.
  • Mark secured needed investments to modernize the county’s fire department that resulted in better insurance ratings for county residents.
  • The county’s budget was managed conservatively to ensure it was balanced and taxes were kept low.
  • Mark made sure millions of dollars were held in emergency reserve so the county could fully operate in disasters like Hurricanes Matthew and Florence.
  • Mark fought through FEMA red tape for county residents to get help after record flooding.
  • Federal funding for beach renourishment projects was secured following devastating storms.
  • Railroad lines were reopened after decades in disrepair to spur economic development and remove excess traffic from local roads.
  • And under Mark’s leadership, the landscape wasn’t littered with trash along the roadways. Horry County showed its pride of the beautiful oceanside and agricultural communities where litter cleanup was a priority.
  • Most importantly, Mark Lazarus worked in unity with the council and fostered a spirit of partnership with neighboring municipalities for the betterment of all residents of Horry County.

Committed to Exemplary Service!