Residential Property Management in Ladson, SC

You're probably asking yourself, "That's great, but what exactly do you do for property owners?" The answer is we handle just about every aspect of your single or multi-family rental needs. Let's take a look at some of our most-requested services:

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In-Depth Rental Analysis

Obviously, the overarching goal of listing a home or apartment for rent is to drive R.O.I. Unfortunately, many landlords and property owners are inexperienced and make one of two choices: their rental rate is too high to get bookings or too low to make any profit. Whether you're losing thousands a year because your rental rate is too low or pricing yourself out of your local market, our in-depth rental analysis will shed light on your situation. That way, our team can pivot quickly and implement a new home or apartment rental strategy for your property.

In reality, most rental homeowners don't have the time or resources to assess the everchanging residential rental market. Our team uses MLS data, premium rental comparison resources, and years of local market knowledge to provide our clients with a well-sourced rental price recommendation. That recommendation helps J.H.W. achieve both short-term and long-term revenue goals. Contact our office today to learn more about how we analyze our client's properties before creating a rental campaign.


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Rigorous Tenant Screening

Approving the wrong tenant can cost rental property owners thousands of dollars in damages and unpaid rent. At J.H.W. Enterprises, we perform extensive screenings on all your property's prospective tenants. Our far-reaching screening process couples minimum standards like age requirements and more in-depth screening like income verification and criminal checks. Perhaps most importantly, our team verifies your new tenant's rental history to ensure they paid rent on time, caused no damage in past rentals, were never evicted, and much more. Long-term rental property profits begin and end with tenants. As one of the most important aspects of residential property management, it's best to rely on experts like J.H.W. Enterprises.

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Tenant Leases

If you're a property owner or investor responsible for single or multi-family home leasing in cityname, state, you need iron-clad leases that protect your best interests. Unfortunately, many single-asset property managers do a simple search online and re-purpose the first leasing template they find. On the other side of the coin, multi-asset property owners are often too busy or understaffed to implement proper tenant leases. J.H.W. Enterprises uses attorney-drafted and approved leases that are compliant with your state's tenant laws. These leases protect our clients and ensure their properties are well-cared for all year.

To reduce prospective and current tenants from shopping elsewhere, we can provide easy-to-use, efficient electronic signatures on renewals and new lease agreements. Our team also collects security deposits and ensures your rental homes or apartments are cleaned by professionals and inspected thoroughly before move-in day.

Of course, all of our clients receive detailed inspection reports, so they're always up-to-date on the condition of their investments.

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Financial Analytics

At J.H.W. Enterprises, we're fiercely dedicated to our clients. As such, we go above and beyond to look out for them. When you trust J.H.W., we'll do the same for you. We provide a monthly breakdown of your property's overall pro forma, reflecting both qualitative and quantitative details. Our reporting structure gives you, the investor, a crystal-clear picture of your property rental's overall performance. Transparency is one of our core values, and we make it a priority to ensure that you have a full view of the successes and challenges that your asset may be facing.

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Residential Property Management Maintenance

Few rental-related events are as frustrating as getting a frantic maintenance call in the middle of the night. If you're sick of midnight maintenance fiascos with weekend-long resolutions, J.H.W. Enterprises is here to shoulder your burden.

At J.H.W., our team coordinates and tracks every maintenance issue that comes across our desk. We're talking 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. When we receive a maintenance ticket, it's logged into our system so we can assign a maintenance vendor and track its progress from beginning to end.

Our asset owners are always notified of when a work order is created, so they can accept, reject, or let us handle the hard work. Of course, our team stays in ongoing contact with property owners and tenants, providing peace of mind as repairs are addressed efficiently. Contact our office today to learn more about our maintenance infrastructure and how we select our trusted rental property maintenance vendors.

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Capital Improvements

J.H.W. understands what customers want and what they will pay for it. This is the key to our success and catalyst for maximizing every dollar spent.

As part of the J.H.W. Enterprises management platform, we offer full rehab, consulting, and due diligence services. Most of our residential property management acquisitions need significant renovations and rehabbing to both interiors and exteriors. We use time-tested strategies and tools to create and implement those renovation and rehab plans from beginning to end, so you can focus on your day-to-day responsibilities. Once we craft reno or rehab plans on your behalf, we'll discuss your thoughts and how we may get started.

The entries above are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to asset investor services. Other services may include:

  • Home and Apartment Rental Inspections
  • Home and Apartment Rental Rent Collection
  • Multi-Family Home Leasing Enforcement
  • Single Family Home Leasing Enforcement
  • Legal Guidance for Residential Property Owners and Investors
  • Payment Portal for Residents
  • 24/7 Resident Emergency Support
  • 24/7 Resident Utility Access
  • Apartment and Home Rental Insurance
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But how do you know when it's time to go pro? In our experience, it's best to hire a property management company when:

You Own Many Home or Apartment Rentals

You Own Many Home or Apartment Rentals

The more multi-family home rentals you own and the more units they have, the more you're going to benefit from working with a team of residential property management professionals. J.H.W has years of experience managing multi-unit complexes. We've streamlined the multi-family maintenance process and use innovative technologies to enhance resident life while maximizing your profits.

You Have No Desire to Be an Employer

You Have No Desire to Be an Employer

If you hire a manager or other staff to book or maintain your property, congratulations: you're now an employer. With your new status, you've got payroll to handle as well as a host of other legal considerations and requirements. However, since a residential property management company isn't an employee of yours, and neither are the people who work for it, you avoid the headaches and hassles of being an employer.

You Don't Want to Manage Vendor Relationships

You Don't Want to Manage Vendor Relationships

Single home and multi-family property management companies like J.H.W. Enterprises have long-lasting relationships with quality maintenance companies, contractors, suppliers, and tradespeople. Simply put, independent landlords can't duplicate those relationships. But property management firms don't only source the highest-quality vendors - they get the best prices on those services too. Because of the vendor relationships we've built and nurtured, J.H.W. often saves asset owners money on maintenance and other service costs.

You Need Help Staying in Compliance with Laws

You Need Help Staying in Compliance with Laws

One of the many jobs a solo property manager must juggle is staying in compliance with local, state, and federal property laws. When you throw in curveballs like Fair Housing regulations, keeping your asset compliant with property laws is a task many owners won't manage. Fortunately, companies like J.H.W. specializing in residential property management can help you avoid fines and lawsuits by keeping your home or apartment rentals in full compliance with laws.

Some other common reasons why our clients choose J.H.W. Enterprises for property management include:

  • Setting and Adjusting Rental Rates
  • Finding and Vetting Tenants
  • Record Keeping and Accounting
  • Marketing Apartment Rentals and Home Rentals
  • Screening Inquiries and Showing Properties
  • Managing the Eviction Process
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When it comes to single home and multi-family asset management, J.H.W. takes a highly analytical, cost-effective, integrity-led approach to every service we offer. Whether you own a couple of vacation homes or dozens of apartment home rentals, our asset management team has the proven experience you need to maximize your R.O.I.

We're grateful for every residential property owner that entrusts their investment to us. We strive to build fruitful, long-lasting relationships with every client we serve. If you're ready to discover the J.H.W. difference, contact us today. Our success begins once we help you succeed and not a moment sooner.

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Latest News in Ladson, SC

Culver’s ButterBurger and HomeGoods ready to open in Ladson, North Charleston

A new frozen custard and burger restaurant soon will welcome customers in Ladson, and a home decor store is opening in a new shopping center in North Charleston.Culver’s plans to open at 10 a.m. Aug. 29 at 3848 Ladson Road next to Gilligan’s Seafood Restaurant, according to Marilyn Knox, the franchise owner who opened the first Charleston-area Culver’s in 2019 on U.S. Highway 17A in Berkeley County.The location also includes a drive-thru and patio, where live ...

A new frozen custard and burger restaurant soon will welcome customers in Ladson, and a home decor store is opening in a new shopping center in North Charleston.

Culver’s plans to open at 10 a.m. Aug. 29 at 3848 Ladson Road next to Gilligan’s Seafood Restaurant, according to Marilyn Knox, the franchise owner who opened the first Charleston-area Culver’s in 2019 on U.S. Highway 17A in Berkeley County.

The location also includes a drive-thru and patio, where live music will be available on opening evening and possibly once a week, Knox said. A ribbon-cutting ceremony is set for 10 a.m. opening day.

Culver’s specializes in its signature ButterBurgers and frozen custard. It also offers other meat sandwiches along with sides and salads.

The planned Culver’s is a few miles north of competitor Freddy’s Frozen Custard and Steakburgers, which opened last fall at 4540 Ladson Road near Stars and Strikes bowling and arcade center on the edge of Summerville.

Come on in

Another new retailer is ready to open its doors in a North Charleston retail center.

HomeGoods plans to host a grand opening Aug. 18, starting at 8 a.m., in the new Cedar Grove Shopping Center at 8821 Dorchester Road.

The 22,000-square-foot home decor shop is the latest merchant to join the new retail center. Already open are Ross Dress for Less, discount shop Five Below and cosmetics purveyor Ulta.

A 16,000-square-foot PetSmart pet supply shop is expected to open in September, and other shops are on the way to a newly constructed outparcel building closer to Dorchester Road.

Shopping center plans call for three more retail structures on the south side where land is currently being cleared next to Riverbluff Parkway in front of Cedar Grove Apartments.

What’s cooking?

A new restaurant is ready to welcome customers at the site of a recently closed dining spot in Mount Pleasant.

Pasture & Grain will officially open at 11 a.m. Aug. 19 at 1701 Shoremeade Road in Indigo Square Shopping Center on U.S. Highway 17.

It’s in the same retail center where national sporting goods retailer REI is upfitting the former Publix GreenWise Market grocery store space for an opening in the fall.

The restaurant is taking over the space vacated in May by Blaze Pizza, which closed after three years.

Pasture & Grain owner and operator Ira Hill said the 2,800-square-foot venue will serve American fare priced from $8 to $18.

Meats, vegetables, grains, hot and cold sandwiches, salads and toast with spreads are on the menu. Sous chef is Brandon Brown. The new restaurant will be open until 9 p.m. daily.

On the way

A Florida-based grocery chain with several stores in the Charleston area has rolled out curbside prescription pickup in four states. Publix Pharmacy started offering the service Aug. 10 in Alabama, Florida, Georgia and Virginia. South Carolina and North Carolina locations will be added in the future as the company expands the program throughout its entire operations in the Southeast.

Tan lines

A new tanning salon has opened in Mount Pleasant.

City Tan can be found at 1167 Basketweave Drive in the Cirque Salon Studios off U.S. Highway 17 near Six Mile Road. The owner is Liz Bailey, who also owns Bikini Bronze Charleston at 10 Exchange St. on the peninsula.

Ready to Rumble

A group boxing workout studio plans to make its South Carolina debut with three new sites.

Rumble Boxing plans to open in Charleston and Hilton Head Island. Locations have not been announced.

Rumble President Shaun Grove said boxing workouts are geared to all fitness levels and abilities and the company plans to continue its expansion across the nation.

The boxing-inspired studio delivers 45-minute, 10-round strength and conditioning group workouts crafted around teardrop-style aqua boxing bags and high-intensity strength-training circuits. Rumble is designed to build strength and relieve stress.

The New York City-based company has 25 franchise locations open across the U.S. Others are in development.

Ladson home owner seeks answers for chronic flooding

About 20 years after the purchase of his Summerwood subdivision residence on Poplar Grove Place in Ladson, family man Duane Dickerson has yet to solve intense spells of flooding that affect his home, as his attempts to seek assistance from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers haven’t produced any tangible results to date.“The street started to flood almost immediately, almost a couple of months after I bought it.” recalled Dickerson, a construction worker who has never considered moving as many of his former neighbors ha...

About 20 years after the purchase of his Summerwood subdivision residence on Poplar Grove Place in Ladson, family man Duane Dickerson has yet to solve intense spells of flooding that affect his home, as his attempts to seek assistance from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers haven’t produced any tangible results to date.

“The street started to flood almost immediately, almost a couple of months after I bought it.” recalled Dickerson, a construction worker who has never considered moving as many of his former neighbors have due in part to the great school districts his three children are part of.

The issue, he says, stems from a “clogged up” waterway known as Eagle Creek that runs along the Sawmill Branch Trail in area near the Berlin G. Myers Parkway.

“They call it a creek, but it looks more like a ditch,” describes Dickerson, who said that soot at the bottom of the canal is sparking an overflow of water seeping into people’s homes, particularly during hurricanes and other major storms.

State Senator Sean Bennett told the Journal Scene that he previously met with Dickerson in 2019 to assess Eagle Creek.

“I saw the concerns he had. It needs to be cleaned. There is a spillway there that is not operating,” stated Bennett, who also pointed out that Dorchester County cannot do anything to remedy the dilemma since the creek is under jurisdiction of the Army Corps. In fact, no work can be initiated without the permission of the federal agency.

The local elected official further mentioned that the Army Corps actually does have a plan to clear out the reported clogging, but the group cannot access the necessary government funding to carry out their project.

While the Journal Scene’s phone calls to the U.S. Army Corps haven’t been returned, a Channel 2 News report confirms Bennett’s analysis by citing claims on the part of an Army Corps program manager, who observed that he can’t secure the necessary federal dollars to reduce flooding to local homes and infrastructure.

The Army Corps rep broached the idea of digging a retention pond to mitigate overflows with Channel 2.

Dickerson, on the other hand, promised the Journal Scene that he could fix the problem in two months by himself with one piece of equipment.

“It would look a lot different, but I can make the water move from point A to point B and it would never come through the neighborhood, it would ride right through the woods like it’s supposed to.”

Meanwhile Dickerson and his neighbors have seen an uptick in flooding in 2022, as anywhere from 5-26 inches of water has infiltrated people’s homes, driveways and garage areas.

The worst case of it occurred in 2015, recounted Dickerson, when the “1,000-year Flood” produced water levels so deep that people couldn’t move their vehicles, resulting in about 30-35 cars that were lost.

Another hindrance in dealing with the Army Corps, according to Dickerson and Bennett, is the constant turnover at the top.

Dickerson summed up the matter by adding: “This project is long overdue. Somebody from DOT told me it will happen one day, they just don’t know when. We’re probably going to flood 100 more times before it happens.”

This SC pup beat all odds for survival. Now he’s in the running for national hero dog award

Fire danced on the shed walls, sheltering Jake, his siblings and his mother. His mother and siblings escaped unharmed, but a piece of the inflamed ceiling fell on the 3-week-old puppy.Seven years later, Jake the pit bull from Ladson, S.C., is one of the semifinalists for the 2022 American Humane Hero Dog Awards out of 400 candidates from across the country.“When we got him out of the shed, he wasn’t breathing, wasn’t moving. I started doing mouth-to-snout until we got our pet oxygen mask,” said William L...

Fire danced on the shed walls, sheltering Jake, his siblings and his mother. His mother and siblings escaped unharmed, but a piece of the inflamed ceiling fell on the 3-week-old puppy.

Seven years later, Jake the pit bull from Ladson, S.C., is one of the semifinalists for the 2022 American Humane Hero Dog Awards out of 400 candidates from across the country.

“When we got him out of the shed, he wasn’t breathing, wasn’t moving. I started doing mouth-to-snout until we got our pet oxygen mask,” said William Lindler, Jake’s handler and one of the firefighters on the scene of that shed fire in 2015.

Jake was rushed to a local emergency vet’s office by a firetruck in Ladson. Jake began breathing on his own on the trip, but burns marred 75% of his tiny body.

His recovery took about three or four months, and on top of that, the young pit bull’s family abandoned him at the veterinarian’s office.

The office manager of the veterinarian clinic told Lindler that the family had been given options to proceed with Jake’s treatment and were left in the waiting room to fill out some forms.

“About five minutes later, they looked into the waiting room and they were gone,” Lindler said. “And they had just left the clipboard blank with the paperwork on it in the chair in the waiting room.”

After finding out what happened, Lindler automatically decided to adopt the puppy.

Jake followed Lindler to the fire station each day and was eventually sworn in as an Honorary Firefighter and the official mascot. The dog usually went with the team for truck rides and visited schools for fire prevention weeks with his dad.

When Jake wasn’t allowed to ride with the team to calls, things got a little messy. The first year Lindler had him, his wife bought Jake a TempurPedic dog bed for the station. Lindler and his team went out on a call and left Jake at the station because Lindler thought it was too late at night to take the dog along.

When Lindler got back, Jake was found standing on top of the kitchen table, staring at the firefighters with stuffing littered around him.

“It looked like it had snowed in the kitchen because he had totally destroyed that bed,” Lindler laughed. “He was accustomed to going with us on the trucks, but it was about 9 o’clock at night so I just decided to leave him at the station. Well, obviously, he did not like that very much.”

Jake was the star of Ladson’s City Hall and the schools during his three years as an ambassador. Although he had been burned badly, he was always happy to promote the positives and help out with demonstrations.

“The (students) absolutely loved him. I guess they thought it was the neatest thing that there was a puppy that wore a firefighter coat just like us and had a little helmet,” Lindler said.

Jake still carries fame today on social media, which led the American Humane Society to reach out to Lindler about entering Jake into the hero dog contest. His Instagram, “jakethefirepibble,” has more than 23,000 followers as of June 7.

“A couple of his canine buddies have competed in it in years past, and I always thought it was cool when they were doing it, but I never thought about, ‘Could I enter Jake? Should I enter Jake?” Lindler said.

Lindler said he hopes Jake’s story has a positive impact on everyone who’s heard it or has met Jake.

“Everyone has some form of scars, but you shouldn’t let those scars define you,” Lindler said. “(Jake’s injuries) do not slow him down one bit.”

Voting is open to choose the seven finalists in the 2022 American Humane Hero Dog Awards and will close July 22 at 3 p.m.

If you’d like to vote for Jake in the 2022 American Humane Hero Dog Awards and see the other nominees, visit www.herodogawards.org.

Ladson Road Streetscape Project draws feedback, concerns from locals

Dorchester County citizens had an opportunity to offer feedback and voice concerns about streetscape improvements planned for Ladson Road at the Aug. 22 public meeting held at the Dorchester County Council Chambers.Dorchester County personnel and consultant representatives from SeamonWhiteside, a local engineering and design firm, were on hand to discuss the project with citizens as a group and individually, as requested.The well-attended meeting showcased a lively discussion during which citizens expressed their concerns, fear...

Dorchester County citizens had an opportunity to offer feedback and voice concerns about streetscape improvements planned for Ladson Road at the Aug. 22 public meeting held at the Dorchester County Council Chambers.

Dorchester County personnel and consultant representatives from SeamonWhiteside, a local engineering and design firm, were on hand to discuss the project with citizens as a group and individually, as requested.

The well-attended meeting showcased a lively discussion during which citizens expressed their concerns, fears and frustrations over the project plans to date, as well as what is seen by many present as current problems that could be made worse going forward.

Construction of dedicated turn lanes at key intersections and installation of raised, landscaped medians with plantings and street lights are the key elements of the project. Video displays and print handouts were provided at the meeting to illustrate the plans under consideration. The project will impact the section of Ladson Road from the termination of the South Carolina Department of Transportation (SCDOT) Dorchester Road Safety Improvement project to Coopers Ridge Boulevard.

“Last night’s meeting was the first step in soliciting public input, and we received many good comments that will be considered as we continue to move the design forward,” said Daniel Prentice, Deputy County Administrator. The meeting followed the DOT public comment requirements, according to Prentice.

The Ladson Road Streetscape Project is part of the Oakbrook Redevelopment Plan which was established in 2019. The plan outlines a comprehensive, multi-agency plan to revitalize the Oakbrook area. Funding comes from Tax Increment Financing (TIF), a method for financing redevelopment in blighted, conservation and sprawl areas of counties. TIF utilizes incremental increases in assessed value and property taxes to fund projects.

The price tag for the overall Oakbrook Redevelopment Plan now stands at $5 million, but county officials insist that it is not represented by a tax increase or impact fee.

“A TIF district is not a tax increase,” said Prentice. “The entities that levy millage (the rate at which property taxes are levied) partner to send tax dollars resulting from growth in assessments of new or improved buildings to the TIF fund which funds the public improvements. The public improvements, in turn, are used to continue to spur new private growth, increasing the overall vitality of the area.”

County personnel and officials projected their belief that by making the area more attractive for retail and restaurant activities, improving pedestrian and bike safety, improving infrastructure, reducing traffic and increasing safety and other upgrades, investment dollars will increase; new business and development will be established.

Presentation of the project leaned heavily on the aesthetic and beautification benefits to be realized, but county officials and staff also stressed improvement in safety as a major goal. “Data shows that safety will be improved by closing off the current open medians and guiding traffic through the use of dedicated turn lanes and restricting other turning movements due to the proposed medians,” said Prentice. “While one of the goals of the TIF district is beautification, the County believes that an additional positive outcome will be the function and safety of the corridor.”

Not everyone in attendance was convinced. Several citizens expressed frustration in their view that the county is giving priority to aesthetics over safety and functionality. Concerns voiced included existing poor access to certain businesses, which could increase under the plan; traffic load; difficulty of large and service vehicles to navigate turns; challenges of cyclists; maintenance costs associated with the use of plants versus other materials for division; and problems arising out of the overlap of traffic routes between counties.

One business owner, whose business requires drop-off traffic, complained that attracting new business and traffic, when existing businesses are negatively impacted by current road and traffic design, is not in the best interest of businesses along Ladson Road.

Proponents of the plan defended medians as a more modern design consideration for roadway construction and advocated for guiding traffic to dedicated turn lanes.

“Access management studies show that the true overall impact is not negative, although acclimation to the changes is required due to new traffic patterns,” said Prentice.

Construction on the Ladson Road Streetscape Project is slated to begin mid-2023, according to county personnel. Additional information on the Ladson Road project, Oakbrook Redevelopment Plan and TIF can be found on the Dorchester County website at https://www.dorchestercountysc.gov.

Public comments, written or oral, are invited.

What’s the problem? Monopoly in N. Myrtle Beach? Here’s the scoop on city vs beach company

Is North Myrtle Beach running a monopoly when it comes to who can do business on its prize-winning shores? Or is a local company acting outside the law as it continues to set up rental chairs and umbrellas without permission?The dispute between Cherry Grove Beach Gear and City Hall could change a long-standing business practice that limits commerce on publicly run beaches — and if the two sides can’t settle their differences, a federal jury will do it for them within a matter of months.Here’s all you need to k...

Is North Myrtle Beach running a monopoly when it comes to who can do business on its prize-winning shores? Or is a local company acting outside the law as it continues to set up rental chairs and umbrellas without permission?

The dispute between Cherry Grove Beach Gear and City Hall could change a long-standing business practice that limits commerce on publicly run beaches — and if the two sides can’t settle their differences, a federal jury will do it for them within a matter of months.

Here’s all you need to know about the months-long legal battle playing out in U.S. Circuit Court.

Derek Calhoun and his wife, Jackie, launched their beach gear delivery business in 2019, allowing customers to rent chairs, umbrellas, surfboards and other goods that would be installed for them directly on the sand.

But a long-standing city ordinance prevented on-site setups by private firms unless they were franchised, with fines of up to $500 a day.

The Calhouns twice applied for a franchise tag and after being denied both times, sought legal action.

Last July, Derek Calhoun filed a federal lawsuit accusing North Myrtle Beach of violating state and federal antitrust laws, his company’s 14th Amendment rights that promise equal protection and defamation.

The 20-page motion says city leaders are violating antitrust laws by refusing to consider them for a franchise allowing the installation of rental equipment on public shores.

City officials, the suit argues, wrote a “sham” law “designed to restrict competitive business practices and monopolize business in order to maximize profits.”

Private commerce on the city’s beaches has been regulated since 1990, when officials first required vendors to obtain a franchise agreement.

Since then, the rules have been adjusted several times, most recently in 2010 when authorized hours, placement and size of shading devices and removal of equipment was written into the law. Businesses are free to rent or sell gear online or deliver equipment to off-site locations. City-managed rentals are a revenue stream that officials say helps keep taxes down and pay for lifeguards and beach patrols.

In the 2022 budget, officials allocated $2.6 million in expected profits from the umbrella and chair rentals, with an additional $10,000 from food and drink purchases. Customers can rent umbrellas through the city for $30 a day each.

It costs $20 for chairs. Weekly rates are between $80 and $120, while seasonal prices — Memorial Day through Labor Day — are $900 for residents and $1,800 for visitors.

City officials point to a 1962 portion of state law allowing municipalities to “grant franchises and make charges for the use of public beaches” as grounds for their policy.

The city has franchise agreements with three businesses that offer banana boats and parasailing, but officials have said in the past they won’t consider granting one to Cherry Gear as long as the company continues to dismiss the law.

Between June and post-Labor Day, the company was hit with $20,500 in total citations for continuing to set up recreation stations on the beach — or 41 days’ worth of fines.

Despite North Myrtle Beach’s hard-line enforcement, Cherry Grove Beach Gear poked fun at city officials as the penalties continued to mount, even setting up a chair and umbrella set for Mayor Marilyn Hatley.

In September, U.S. Circuit Court Judge R. Bryan Harwell ruled the city can continue to slap Cherry Grove Beach Gear with daily fines as the lawsuit progresses.

On Dec. 28, Harwell said Cherry Grove Beach Gear can’t sue the city over defamation claims without bringing more evidence -- one of seven grounds included in the company’s July 11 lawsuit.

Harwell dismissed the claim “without prejudice,” meaning lawyers can try to prove it again.

But he tossed “with prejudice” arguments that North Myrtle Beach’s policies violated 14th Amendment equal protection laws — permanently removing it from the suit.

But he sided with Cherry Grove Beach Gear’s ability to sue under other elements of the law, including:

He then set a Dec. 7 date for jury selection and the start of a trial if a settlement can’t be reached.

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