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BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — Brunswick County’s move to Myrtle Beach’s Metro Area had local leaders in Washington, DC, this week encouraging federal officials to reverse their recent decision.

Holden Beach is one of the many beautiful places that Brunswick County has to offer, but after the recent move by the federal government, Brunswick County is no longer a part of the Wilmington Metropolitan Area.

“We found out about a month ago that based on the 2010 Census, something had changed in the methodology that the census uses and it pushed Brunswick County into the Myrtle Beach (MSA) and out of the Wilmington (MSA),” Wilmington Chamber of Commerce President Connie Majure-Rhett said.

Majure-Rhett along with leaders from Wilmington, New Hanover County and Brunswick County were in our Nation’s Capital this week looking for answers.

“They were very open in the meeting and they listened. We didn’t get an answer on whether or not they would reconsider but I think we will talk back to them again and there are a series of steps we have agreed to take,” Majure-Rhett said.

We did reach out to the federal Office of Management and Budget today to talk about the change, but they did not return our request for comment.

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8 Comments on "Push continues to move Brunswick County back to Wilmington MSA"

Leland mom
2015 years 10 months ago

Other than what this means to the cities of Wilmington and/or Myrtle Beach, what does this mean to the Brunswick County residence? I live in northern Brunswick county and I hardly ever go to Myrtle Beach, except for vacation times. But I do go to Wilmington often, as this is our local major city. All of the hype on the news is about the two cities, and nothing about how this affects each and every one of us that made the choice to live in Brunswick County! So please explain what the MSA means to me!

2015 years 10 months ago

why did the powers to be not do a voter check with the people before they decided that we needed to be lumped in with Wilmington, Myrtle beach is a lot nicer, cleaner, and safer city to visit, the roads are better, the fuel is cheaper, and so is the cost of living, all big bonus’s for brunswick county to be associated with Myrtle Beach, on the other hand, wilmington does have a convention center that is only losing about $5 million a year that they chose to ram down the taxpayers throat, and a bottle neck of traffic every single day on 74 for motorist to have to deal with, one which the leaders choose to ignore, I believe it would be a great benefit for the folks of Brunswick County to cut ties with Wilmington.

Wilmington Area Resident
2015 years 10 months ago

1) Everyone I know that goes to Myrtle Beach says it is not clean.
2) Every time I have been to Myrtle Beach I have seen commercialized EVERYTHING. It does not look nice.
3) The Myrtle Beach crime rate is 167 per 1,000 residents, compared to Wilmington’s 61 per 1,000 residents, and Wilmington is a larger city. Did you know the Myrtle Beach Metro Area was recently ranked the nation’s 7th most dangerous metro area, only behind Detroit, Pine Bluff, Arkansas, Flint, Michigan, Memphis, Stockton, California, and New Orleans?
4) Brunswick County being put into the Myrtle Beach MSA doesn’t make gas, or the cost of living any cheaper.
5) The roads may be nicer, but I-140 is about halfway done and the Cape Fear Skyway is planned to start soon. Brunswick County being put into the Myrtle Beach MSA isn’t going to make rush hour traffic into Wilmington any better, nor will it make any road conditions better. The only thing it does is worsens them. Cutting Brunswick County out of the Wilmington MSA costed the Wilmington MSA about a third of its population. Funding for roads, etc. is based on population. Wilmington and the area will receive much less funding, and road projects like I-140 may be halted, and the Cape Fear Skyway, etc. may never be built, as long as Brunswick County remains in the Myrtle Beach MSA.

So no, it’s not a great benefit at all for Brunswick County to cut ties with Wilmington at all. It only has a negative impact.

2015 years 10 months ago

I think that most people in the Holden Beach area prefer to go to Myrtle Beach. I know I did, when I lived out that way. Wilmington can complain all it wants, but the fact is that most of the county prefers Myrtle Beach to Wilmington.

2015 years 10 months ago

As a resident of Brunswick county, I wish you would do a story of what, if anything, this means for citizens of our county. All the stories I’ve seen only deal with how this affects Wilmington.

2015 years 10 months ago

I think Brunswick county needs too look at the benefits of being part the Myrtle Beach metro area. It appears that our government officials have over looked the fact that our own state senator Rabon pull the new bridge to Wilmington from the plans. It is difficult to get to Wilmington, driving through so many stop lights in Leland, gas is more expensive and traffic is a mess. Myrtle beach is easier to get too and gas is much cheaper. South Carolina got 2 business’s that were looking to locate in Brunswick county but our government officials Rep. Iler and Senator Rabon let them fall between their fingers, if we had Myrtle Beach helping us then maybe we can some companies to locate in Brunswick county. It is all about money and taxes and the old association with Wilmington has done anything for us in Brunswick county maybe Myrtle Beach can.

2015 years 10 months ago

Southern Brunswick County should have always been a part of SC instead of NC, therefore it should be kept with Myrtle Beach.

2015 years 10 months ago

Who is listening to the people of Brunswick County? The postings here all favor the decision to include Brunswick with Myrtle Beach MSA. Have any of our NC representatives looked at the stats for Brunswick including the population stats. Look at the highway infrastructure that is lacking for us to easily get to Wilmington — never mind the 55 minute drive. Sounds like Wilmington is only concerned about Wilmington. What kind of reporting is this? What is the Wilmington Chamber of Commerce doing for Brunswick County? Why are the elected officials ignoring the people of Brunswick County? Remember, we vote!


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