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Letter | Thanks to North Myrtle Beach for grounding copter plans

Helicopter tours fly over Myrtle Beach in this 2012 file photo. North Myrtle Beach recently rejected a proposal from a helicopter tour company that wanted to open there.
Helicopter tours fly over Myrtle Beach in this 2012 file photo. North Myrtle Beach recently rejected a proposal from a helicopter tour company that wanted to open there. The Sun News

As a regular visitor to North Myrtle Beach, I want to express my appreciation and admiration for the Board of Zoning Appeals rejection of an exception to allow a helicopter tour business to establish flights in and around the area.

Because I call this my second home, I quite appreciate and am thankful for the wisdom of the residents who opposed this measure. Living in the same county with Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg, I can attest to the intrusions on residents’ peace, privacy and security.

My full-time home is quite rural, at least seven miles from the most popular helicopter business. Outdoor time is continually interrupted by the noise and sight of tourists gazing at our landscape. From inside, there is always the hum of their flights that keep buzzing directly overhead. The intrusion is so very annoying, I have considered painting obscenities on my roof, so pilots would find another route, so as to not offend their paying customers.

Please don’t ever mimic Pigeon Forge. We like North Myrtle Beach just like it is. Wise move. Thank you.

The writer lives in Sevierville, Tenn.

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