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Appeal filed against Murrells Inlet reality show

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MURRELLS INLET, SC (WMBF) - Filming has started for a reality show in Murrells Inlet, and some people are pushing for the filming to end.

Warren Stedman lives three doors down from the home called Kings Krest, where a portion of the filming is happening. Stedman filed an appeal stating among other issues, the production company, "495 Productions," is violating zoning laws.

"What I saw going on the first two nights was disgusting," Stedman said.

Stedman is referring to the behavior he said he saw from the cast member's as they filmed late one evening.

"One of the cast members went in the bushes and started using the bathroom," Stedman said.

Aside from the behavior, Stedman says the production company is violating the zoning laws. Stedman filed the appeal to the Georgetown County Zoning Board of Appeals, stating the reality show is violating the law by using a residential property for commercial purposes.

"Filming a reality show in a single-family neighborhood is a business. It's probably a multimillion dollar business and I could not grow tomatoes in my back yard. I could not get a permit and sell them to the farmer's market," Stedman said.

Stedman's appeal isn't scheduled to be heard by the zoning board until September, but by that time, filming for the reality show will already be complete.

"I still want the zoning board to know what went on and try to enact some laws or zoning ordinance, tighten up and see what they can do. What I don't want is for this to happen again," Stedman said.

Stedman has many supporters. A Facebook page called "We just said NO to the Dirty South" created Tuesday had more than 1,700 "likes" only three days after the page was created.

One person on that page posted a comment wanting to know about a possible fight at popular Murrells Inlet Restaurant "Wicked Tuna," allegedly involving a cast member on the show.

WMBF News talked to Wicked Tuna Manager Claire Young who said there was an altercation between a cast member and a local on Thursday night, but it was mild and the cast member did not instigate the argument.

"They come in after work sometimes and have drink.. They just have a good time. They've just been having a lot of fun. We haven't had any issues out of them," Young said.

Young said the restaurant will treat each customer equally. Young said any time a situation gets out of hand, management will not hesitate to ask anyone disobeying the rules to leave the establishment.

"Last night a lot of people were down at the bar, having fun like people do at bars. For a minute there it got a little loud but at the end of the night everybody had a good time. We didn't have to step in and ask anyone to leave," Young said.

Stedman is expected to speak at the Georgetown County Council meeting Tuesday. Stedman said he will ask council if there's anything they can do to step in and put a stop to production, or at least ask them to move filming locations.

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