Market Common Residents – Ron Racca and Toby
by Melissa LaScaleia
Introduce me to your family.
It’s myself and my dog Toby, and when he’s a bad boy it’s Tobias. He’s a mixed breed, part Border Collie and part Labrador retriever. He’s a rescue dog.
Where are all the places you came from?
I’m originally from Boston, MA, born and raised. And I lived most of my life there. Then I moved to Atlanta for 10 years, and here about one and a half years ago. I live in Socastee.
Why did you move to Myrtle Beach?
Growing up in Boston, I lived about ten minutes from the ocean. I love the ocean. I loved Atlanta too, but I wanted to get back to the water. I like the feeling I had when I came here. People are very, very nice, and very laid back, and very friendly.
Do you have a favorite place in Myrtle Beach?
I go to Market Common everyday because that’s where I walk my dog. He’s become the unofficial mascot of several stores because when we go they have treats and water waiting for him. It’s a very dog friendly community. That’s important to me.
What’s your favorite thing about living in Myrtle Beach?
It’s the ocean, the restaurants, the people, my neighbors. It’s like a culture shock when you come here from the North.
How has your lifestyle changed since moving here?
Before I was type A person, and now I’m a type B. I’m laid back now, I’ve settled down. I’ve acclimated to everybody being so social. Here, people walk by and say good morning. I adapted quickly because I love to talk.
What new activities have you taken up since moving here?
I live a laid back lifestyle now. I’ve done a lot of walking. I’ve gone to a lot of baseball games at the Market Common, and softball games, and Pelican’s games. I love baseball and professional sports. That’s the only thing that weighed on me when I moved here, was the lack of professional sports teams.
What are your favorite things to do here?
Swim, sun, eat, and walk.
Is there anything that you miss or would like to see in the Myrtle Beach?
I’d love to see cruise ships come into the city. I’m big on cruising. I’ve seen what they do to other places and the industry that it creates.