Mayor Marilyn Hatley

City of North Myrtle Beach City Hall

North Myrtle Beach, SC 29582

Dear Mayor Hatley,

I am sure you are very busy cleaning up after the devastating fires that occurred in North Myrtle Beach. However, I thought it was appropriate to bring to your attention an act of kindness and assistance afforded to me and my wife during our recent visit to your City.

My wife, Christine, and I drove from our home, here in West Palm Beach, Florida, to vacation in North Myrtle Beach. On our way to North Myrtle Beach, we encountered problems with our Tire and Rim, so you can imagine our frustration. The tire and rim are specialty items and somewhat difficult to replace but we were fortunate to meet Mr. Mark Heflin of Blacks Tire Service, Inc., who went out of his way to comfort us and find replacements. This act of cooperation was very much appreciated and we left North Myrtle Beach with pleasant memories and look forward to our next visit.

Our best wishes and prayers goes out to you as you deal with the damage caused by the fires.

Respectfully Yours,

John H. Howard

President

Palm Beach County Black Business Investment Corporation