Myrtle Beach City Council to discuss sexually oriented businesses

01/13/2014 9:30 PM

01/13/2014 9:30 PM

Myrtle Beach City Council plans to discuss whether or not to change the way sexually oriented businesses within city limits are regulated, considering changes made with those types of businesses in Horry County..

The City Council will look at a proposed ordinance during Tuesday’s 9 a.m. workshop that would halt licenses from being issued to sexually oriented businesses while the planning department researches whether changes need to be made to the city’s zoning laws.

“We have a zoning ordinance that’s worked for a number of years and it seems to be working well,” city spokesman Mark Kruea said. “The council could say the ordinance is fine. The council could say they need to have a larger conversation to see if the ordinance is doing what the residents need it to do. Or somewhere in between.”

Last year, Horry County Council changed its zoning ordinance to restrict adult-themed businesses to one of three zoned areas in the county – highway commercial, limited industrial and heavy industrial. It also forces the businesses to be at least 1,500 feet from certain structures, such as residential properties, churches and day cares.

A conduct ordinance, also passed by Horry County Council last year, prevents adult-themed businesses from being open between midnight and 6 a.m. The ordinance sets stricter rules for businesses with viewing booths and prevents nudity in gentleman’s clubs. It also states semi-nudity is OK if employees are six feet from patrons on a stage that is at least 18 inches high.

Kruea noted there are three sexually oriented businesses in Myrtle Beach city limits.

“All of the businesses on [U.S.] 501 are in the unincorporated area of the county,” Kruea said.

The ordinance will be discussed at 9 a.m. Tuesday in the first-floor conference room of City Hall, 937 Broadway St., Myrtle Beach.

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