No more mine, but what's next?

Myrtle Beach, SC - By Greg Argos - bio | email

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - The signs are still standing, but the proposal to build a sand mine off of Gardner Lacy road isn't. Tuesday, Southern Asphalt asked to have it's mining permit removed for consideration by Horry County Council.

"As a resident of Carolina Forest, I'm really excited about this news," said Chet Crockett, who opposed the mine.

"I'm excited. I'm elated. My cell phone doesn't stop ringing," explained Tony McDonald, who also is glad the mine will not be coming to his backyard.

Though many living in the area consider this a big win, Jim Pomerantz, whose house backs up to the entrance to the proposed mine, has some reservations.

"I'm thrilled, but I'm cautious," he said.

Pomerantz says he wants to see the land zoning changed to a planned development district (PDD), so new homes, not new mines can break ground.

"If we fall asleep at the switch, someone else could come in," he said. "And if we don't catch it, we could end up with a strip mine or something worse back there."

But rezoning the area may not be the answer.

"In fact, it would probably ensure that the area mine would be larger than the 15 acres asked for in this case," said Horry County Councilman Marion Foxworth, whose district includes the proposed mine site.

Foxworth says county law requires a temporary mining permit for anyone digging deeper than 8 feet.

"Anytime a swimming pool deeper than 8 feet is built, a mining permit has to be pulled, or a retention pond, or lakes for subdivisions," he explained.

Even so, Pomerantz says he's glad a mining permit for sand wasn't issued this time, though he knows the track of land could upset his peace and quiet in the future.

"There's a lot more to be done," said Pomerantz.

Southern Asphalt officials say they now plan to mine for sand in Marion County.

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