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Zoning Board denies appeal against Murrells Inlet reality show

GEORGETOWN, SC (WMBF) – With four votes, the Georgetown County Zoning Board of Appeals drowned out a message Murrells Inlet homeowners wanted to send to reality show producers.

"There just wasn't anything real clear we could hang our hat on," said Board Chairman Johnny Weaver, "and definitely say ‘They were wrong.'"

Warren Stedman, who lives near the home where video crews shot CMT's The Dirty South, filed an appeal with the ZBA. Stedman wanted the permits given to the film crew, 495 Productions, repealed.

"We're not fighting the First Amendment," said Appeal supporter Leon Rice. "It's just where they're doing it."

Filming has actually already wrapped up on the show, but Stedman said he wanted to set a precedent on the matter. He left the courtroom quickly after the denial was issued, but his friends and supported greeted him outside.

Separate from Mr. Stedman's appeal, the Georgetown County Council is currently reviewing an ordinance that would enforce stricter rules on film productions in the county.

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