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January 16th, 2012

Mount Myrtle Greets Debate Attendees

Just as soon as the Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce finished constructing a massive sand sculpture of the six Republican presidential candidates, Jon Huntsman announced that he was getting out of the race. Huntsman is featured in the center of the sculpture

The 1,175,100-pound sand sculpture (525 tons) has taken five sand sculptors six days to complete and features three separate elements. The central feature of the sand sculpture is horseshoe-shaped and highlights the faces of all Republican presidential candidates participating in the debate; a second sand feature serves as a tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and his birthday; and a third sand feature highlights Myrtle Beach as a premier vacation destination.

Team Sandtastic of Sarasota, Fla., in collaboration with the Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce/CVB, came up with the design concept and began construction on Tues., Jan. 10. Team Sandtastic has sculpted sand projects for Myrtle Beach multiple times in the past, including the World’s Tallest Sandcastle in 2007 and for two presidential primary debates held in January 2008. The sand for Mount Myrtle was provided by Carolina Sand and was locally-mined from just outside Conway, S.C.

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Craig Robinson
Craig Robinson is the founder and editor-in-chief of TheIowaRepublican.com, a political news and commentary site he launched in March of 2009. Robinson’s political analysis is respected across party lines, which has allowed him to build a good rapport with journalist across the country. Robinson has also been featured on Iowa Public Television’s Iowa Press, ABC’s This Week, and other local television and radio programs. Campaign’s & Elections Magazine recognized Robinson as one of the top influencers of the 2012 Iowa Caucuses. A 2013 Politico article sited Robinson and TheIowaRepublican.com as the “premier example” of Republican operatives across the country starting up their own political news sites. His website has been repeatedly praised as the best political blog in Iowa by the Washington Post, and in January of 2015, Politico included him on the list of local reporters that matter in the early presidential states. Robinson got his first taste of Iowa politics in 1999 while serving as Steve Forbes’ southeast Iowa field coordinator where he was responsible for organizing 27 Iowa counties. In 2007, Robinson served as the Political Director of the Republican Party of Iowa where he was responsible for organizing the 2007 Iowa Straw Poll and the 2008 First-in-the-Nation Iowa Caucuses. Following the caucuses, he created his own political news and commentary site, TheIowaRepublcian.com. Robinson is also the President of Global Intermediate, a national mail and political communications firm with offices in West Des Moines, Iowa, and Washington, D.C. Robinson utilizes his fundraising and communications background to service Global’s growing client roster with digital and print marketing. Robinson is a native of Goose Lake, Iowa, and a 1999 graduate of St. Ambrose University in Davenport, where he earned degrees in history and political science. Robinson lives in Ankeny, Iowa, with his wife, Amanda, and son, Luke. He is an active member of the Lutheran Church of Hope.

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