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.