NORTH MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - Starting Friday, North Myrtle Beach residents will be hearing a lot more knocking at their front doors.
In a recent Facebook post, the City of North Myrtle Beach announced the company Vivint will be coming to the area and soliciting services door to door. The company intends to be in the city from August 1 until the August 31.
"I would hope the city of North Myrtle Beach respects the rights of us as homeowners to prevent this from happening," said Alan Sechtin, long time homeowner.
In the statement, the city said 'door to door selling is a constitutionally protected form of free speech and the city cannot prohibit it.'
Property owners can elect to not receive the solicitation by posting "no solicitation" or "no trespassing" signs on their individual properties. The city says general postings in an area by a HOA or POA probably do not qualify though.
"We don't have kids that they educate, we pay more taxes than local homeowners, and they should respect our property when it says no trespassing," Sechtin said.
Alan Sechtin has owned a condo in the area for nearly 20 years and said property owners like him provide thousands of dollars of tourist income to the city every year. While solicitation is a constitutional right, he hopes the city will respect its residents by at least setting some guidelines.
Like for starters, no flyers on anyone's cars or doorknobs.
"It's a mess, an eyesore for our community and for those of us who live here," Sechtin explained.
With nothing more he can do, Sechtin just hopes the city will respect those who keep it thriving.
"I just hope the city council treats this like they would want to be treated," Sechtin said.