MYRTLE BEACH — Horry County’s proposed adult entertainment ordinance will be the topic at this week’s Carolina Forest Civic Association meeting.
The meeting will be at 6 p.m. Wednesday at the Carolina Forest Recreation Center and will include presentations about the proposed ordinance that Horry County Council is considering for adult entertainment businesses.
Horry County has issued a map of where adult-themed businesses may relocate if its new adult business ordinance passes in September, and some of the tracts are near the affluent Carolina Forest neighborhood.
The Carolina Forest Civic Association has said it will do what it can to make sure the community does not turn into a “red light district.”
A week ago, Horry County Council passed the second reading for ordinances regulating adult-themed businesses, with a third vote set for the council’s Sept. 3 meeting.
The zoning ordinance restricts adult-themed businesses to one of three zoned areas in the county – highway commercial, limited industrial and heavy industrial. It forces the businesses to be at least 1,500 feet from residential properties, churches, daycares and the like, which will effectively make every adult business in unincorporated Horry County in violation.
If the ordinances are approved, the county’s 10 adult-themed businesses would then have 90 days to comply with the new ordinances unless some businesses challenge the legality of the ordinances, which is anticipated.
The civic association was set to talk Wednesday about the “Know Your Zone” Hurricane plan, but rescheduled that discussion for Sept. 18.