The Georgetown County Council has delayed a second reading on the film production ordinance until their next meeting on Oct. 8.
The proposed regulations include requiring a permit prior to filming, a schedule for the application process and an application fee for the permits. Regulations and restrictions on the time, place and manner of filming would be decided by the council before the cameras start rolling.
Councilman Jerry Oakley said the complicated drafting process involves a number of people, so a delay of two weeks is not unusual.
The proposed law comes after CMT announced a reality show filmed in Murrells Inlet over the summer, which wrapped up production a few weeks ago. The cast was shuffled in from all over the south and housed at Kings Krest, an old waterfront home on the marsh. Residents complained to council about the trash, noise and obscene language coming from the cast and crew, and many pleaded for council’s intervention.
Oakley requested the ordinance and said he will advocate its passing to prevent “a recurrence of the problems we suffered associated with the recent film production activities in Murrells Inlet,” Oakley said.
The text is being developed by the Georgetown County attorney with help from Charleston and Horry counties and the S.C. Film Commission in Columbia. The specific text of the ordinance was not available, but will be drafted by the second reading on Oct. 8 at the next council meeting.
Waccamaw readies for parade
Waccamaw High School’s Homecoming Parade will be held Oct. 4 at 4:30 p.m., beginning at All Saints Church, 3560 Kings River Road, Pawleys Island.
This year’s theme is Time Warner Cable, and officials ask that each float holds true to the theme. All floats should choose a television show as the theme and use it for inspiration. Any floats containing negative items will not be allowed to participate.
Deadline for entry is Sept. 30 at 5 p.m. Entry costs are: $10 per float; $5 per vehicle; and $5 for all others. Entries can be dropped at the school, 2412 Kings River Road, or emailed to email@example.com. Forms can be found on the school’s website at www.whs.gcsd.k12.sc.us.
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