July 12-15, 2015
Myrtle Beach, SC

General Meeting Information

This year, the South Carolina Aquatic Plant Management Society will host the 55th Annual Meeting of the Aquatic Plant Management Society July 12-15, 2015 at the Hilton Myrtle Beach Oceanfront Resort at Kingston Plantation. Hilton Myrtle Beach Resort on the Grand Strand is at the north end of Myrtle Beach, minutes from many attractions, such as Broadway at the Beach, Myrtle Beach House of Blues, Tanger Outlet Mall, and over 100 golf courses. The 385 stylish resort guest rooms have private balconies, many offering spectacular ocean views. Guests have access to all Kingston Plantation Resort amenities, including Splash! Waterpark, resort pools, lazy river, and the Sport and Health Club, which offers an indoor pool, modern exercise equipment, tennis, and a variety of aerobics classes.

The Society will continue to use a 2½ day format for the meeting. The technical program will begin Monday morning and end around noon on Wednesday. Our meeting will kick off with the President’s Reception on Sunday evening. As the official welcoming event of the meeting, this reception is an excellent time to reacquaint with old friends, meet new friends, and just relax. Heavy hors d’oeuvres and your favorite beverages will be served. The Monday evening Poster Session and Reception presents a great opportunity to examine posters and exhibits while enjoying great food and beverage. The APMS Reception and Awards Banquet on Tuesday evening will be another memorable event where we will recognize those who have served and contributed to our Society, welcome new officers and directors, and present student paper and other awards. These special events are free to all registered delegates, students, and guests. Non-registered guests may purchase individual tickets for these events at the registration desk.

Final Program


Final Agenda




Hotel Reservations

Hilton Myrtle Beach Oceanfront Resort
9800 Queensway Blvd
Myrtle Beach, SC 29572

Hotel reservations can be made online at:
or by calling the Hilton Myrtle Beach directly at (843) 449-5000.

Please make your reservations early. Last year, our room block was filled at the host hotel one month before the start of the meeting. When making your reservations by phone, be sure to mention that you are part of the Aquatic Plant Management Society. The cutoff date for reservations at the special group rate is June 19, 2015. Our special APMS guest room rate is $164.00 for single and double occupancy per night plus applicable tax. These group rates are available three days prior to the conference and three days post conference subject to availability. Two bedroom condos at the Royal Palms next door are also available at a reduced rate of $369 per night. The Hilton Myrtle Beach requires that all reservations be guaranteed with a major credit card or a deposit. Cancellations must be made five days prior to arrival or you will be charged one night’s room and tax. Check in time is 4:00 p.m. and checkout time is 11:00 a.m. If you choose to depart earlier than your reserved departure date, the hotel will charge one night room and tax.

100% of first night’s deposit due at time of booking. Reservations can be canceled up to 5 days prior to arrival with full refund. Reservations canceled within 5 days of arrival forfeit one night’s room and tax.

Due to the high demand for rooms at the Hilton, the conference room block is nearly full. Following are additional options:

1. Some condos next door at the Royal Palms have been converted to suites for our conference at $184 for single and double occupancy plus applicable tax. These rooms are normally $289 per night. Use the same phone number above for these reservations.

For the rooms below, use the same phone number above, but check-in is at the Embassy Suites Hotel rather than the Hilton:

2. Ten guest rooms are available at the Brighton Tower at $189 per night. These rooms are in the Kingston Plantation complex and a 10 minute walk to the Hilton along the boardwalk.

3. Seven ocean view guest rooms are available in the South Hampton Tower at $209 per night. This tower is also in the Kingston Plantation complex and a 10 minute walk to the Hilton along the boardwalk.


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The Hilton Myrtle Beach is a 30 minute drive from the Myrtle Beach International Airport and is accessible by taxi, limousine, rental car or commercial shuttle service. A typical taxi fee is $42 one way. Flights into Charleston SC (112 miles) and Wilmington NC (69 miles) may offer a cheaper alternative than flying into Myrtle Beach.


Guest Activities

This year, our spouses, children, and guests will be treated to a tour of Brookgreen Gardens, one of Myrtle Beach’s most dearly loved attractions. You will be picked up at the Hotel at 10:00 a.m. and will return by 3:30 p.m. The experience begins with a guided tour of the Gardens, named by TripAdvisor as One of the Top Ten Gardens in the United States. Experience the guided cruise on a 48 ft. pontoon boat along historic ricefields, now home to alligators, waterfowl, and osprey. The Dalton and Linda Floyd Domestic Animals of the Plantation Exhibit provides an element of education not only for the Lowcountry Zoo, but it connects the zoo to the Lowcountry Trail and Brookgreen’s history. Lunch will be served at the Gardens. Round out your visit by strolling through the Cypress Aviary, the only known aviary built over an existing cypress swamp, observing herons, mergansers, and egrets.


Other Activities

The Society will bring back the popular Scholarship Duck Race at the lazy river just outside the Pavilion before the Banquet. New this year is a Scholarship Golf Tournament on the Sunday before the meeting (July 12) at the Arcadian Shores course near the hotel. If you have an interest in playing golf, please contact Larry Feller at There are a limited number of tee times. Look for more details on the duck race and the golf tournament in the next newsletter.


Registration Fees

The APMS Board has made a concerted effort to keep registration costs at a reasonable level. Registration fees are $275.00 for a delegate and $130.00 for a guest (spouse, partner, child over 12 years of age) if received by June 19, 2015. After this date, registration fees at the door will be $330.00 for a delegate and $155.00 for a guest. The meeting registration fee for a student competing in the student paper contest (oral or poster) is waived and the registration fee for a student not competing is $75.00. Delegate and student registration includes all technical sessions, President’s Reception, refreshment breaks, Poster Reception, and Awards Banquet. Guest registration includes President’s Reception, refreshment breaks, Guest Tour, Poster Reception, and Awards Banquet. Non-registered guests may purchase individual tickets for these events.


Sponsorship & Exhibitor Opportunities

Would you like to be a Meeting Sponsor and/or Exhibitor and assist the APMS in conducting an informative and successful meeting for the education, scientific, and operational advancement of aquatic plant management? Information on sponsorship at the annual meeting is available on the Sponsor Information page.  Information on exhibiting is on the Exhibitor Information page. Please contact Craig Aguillard (phone: 337-290-1096, email: with any questions. Thank you for your support.


And Finally

This is guaranteed to be a wonderful meeting, so plan to attend and bring the family. Stay through the weekend. Please assist us in planning for the 55th Annual Meeting by submitting the Meeting Registration Form by June 19, 2015.