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MarshWalk restaurants cancel fireworks for summer 2015

MarshWalk representatives present their fireworks plan to Murrells Inlet 2020. Source: Jenna DeAngelis MarshWalk representatives present their fireworks plan to Murrells Inlet 2020. Source: Jenna DeAngelis
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MURRELLS INLET, SC (WMBF) - Restaurants have opted to cancel the weekly fireworks displays along the MarshWalk this summer.

On Wednesday, Charlie Campbell of Dead Dog Saloon presented the MarshWalk's fireworks plan to Murrells Inlet 2020, the town's community revitalization group. The fireworks will be discontinued for the summer of 2015 on behalf of a unanimous decision by the MarshWalk restaurants.

“In spite of overwhelming public support among locals and visitors alike, this decision has been reached in the interest of community harmony and a desire for a neighborly relationship between the commercial and residential factions of Murrells Inlet,” stated a release from representatives for the MarshWalk.

Campbell asked for time to research if there is any potential danger to the marsh due to the fireworks debris.

The release states that the decision to discontinue fireworks came from the MarshWalk group alone, and was not influenced by any outside party, or any threats of litigation.

“It has been determined this is simply the right thing to do,” the release states. Businesses will redirect their marketing dollars into other attractions to reward the “loyal visitors with a positive experience when visiting.”

“These are the folks who have made ‘The MarshWalk' one of the top destination points of the entire ‘Grand Strand,'” the release concludes.

Last fall, Murrells Inlet 2020 to discuss citizen complaints of noise and trash from the fireworks displays. In October, a group of residents started a petition to the county to stop the fireworks, saying they are disruptive to the locals and the environment. Restaurant owners argued that Monday nights were typically slow, and the fireworks display helped bring customers through the door.

WMBF News Reporter Jenna DeAngelis spoke to community leaders, residents and business-owners along the MarshWalk to find out more details on this decision, and what other plans there are for keeping the area clean. Tune in to WMBF News Today beginning at 5 a.m. for her full report.

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