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Proposed re-zoning rules cause conflict in Surfside Beach

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The town of Surfside Beach wants to upgrade the look of buildings along Kings Highway, requiring stricter appearance regulations. The town of Surfside Beach wants to upgrade the look of buildings along Kings Highway, requiring stricter appearance regulations.

SURFSIDE BEACH, SC (WMBF) – New legislation is up for debate in Surfside Beach, and it's causing some conflict between businesses and the town council.

The town wants to upgrade the look of buildings along Kings Highway, requiring stricter appearance regulations. They plan on doing this by re-zoning and establishing what's known as an "overlay district."

The new standards state structures should not be built with a metal exterior. If the side of a building with metal siding can be seen from the road, it's still subject to the rules. Accepted sidings are materials like wood, brick, or clapboard.

Sammy Truett is not happy with some of the new regulations the town council is considering. He owns a property with a brick front but metal on the side of the structure.

"I'm not real happy about having to spend tens of thousands of dollars on a building that I spent quite a bit on," Truett explained. "I invested in Surfside Beach by building this building and having my business here."

Most towns have overlay districts but that's not what council member Randle Stevens is upset over.

"Some people think the businesses should bite the bullet. It's not time for the businesses to bite the bullet," Stevens said.

Stevens believes the siding requirement is too much of a burden on property owners. Some town leaders say the goal of the ordinances is to improve the local economy.

"You can either move forward or fall behind," said Mayor Douglas Samples of Surfside Beach. "Really what we're trying to do, is ensure long term prosperity for businesses and the town itself."

Other parts of the regulations say buildings have to maintain certain landscaping and paint color standards.

"People like to spend money in places they are comfortable in," Samples claimed. "Some of properties—it's obvious that they need a facelift."

And Truett says he doesn't have a problem with most of the ordinances.

"What you've got to do is work together. The business committee needs to take a look at some solutions," Truett argues. "We all need to look at some solutions and present those to council and see what happens."

The town council is holding a workshop between council members and business owners on Oct. 23.

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