Horry County, SC - HORRY COUNTY, SC (WMBF) - Despite a number of concerns from residents, members of the Horry County Council have passed a second reading to amend a zoning ordinance that would allow carnivals in highway commercial zoning districts.
The issue came to light following a proposal by the Myrtle Beach Mall to host a three-month carnival in a section of the facility's parking lot. However, the land the proposed carnival would occupy must be rezoned to meet county requirements.
An ordinance proposed to the Horry County Council reads a shopping mall must be present with paved parking, in addition to a minimum of 50 acres of land on highway commercial zoned property, to hold a special event lasting longer than a week.
Council members heard concerns raised by residents at a Tuesday evening meeting, many of which stemmed from potential noise violations. Council has been assured by event organizers that security will be tight, and campers and temporary homes will not be allowed near the carnival.
Before the Horry County Council passes a third and final reading amending the zoning requirements, officials want to define "carnival" and establish hours of operation.
County leaders say a request for a special events permit would not apply to the carnival because it is not an event that is seven days in length, or shorter.
Event organizers hope to kick off the 12-week carnival on June 11.