Appeals court affirms decision to allow Helicopter Adventures to continue to operate

Appeals court affirms decision to allow Helicopter Adventures to continue to operate

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - Helicopter Adventures will be allowed to continue to operate after the South Carolina Court of Appeals affirmed a lower court's decision that the zone in which the company operates permits a helicopter sight-seeing tour business.

In a decision filed Wednesday, the appeals court sided with Helicopter Adventures against Richard Hinde, a resident of the nearby Plantation Point, who appealed the decision made by an Horry County judge in 2013.

While the zoning board originally agreed with Hinde and other Plantation Point residents that the facility constitutes a heliport, and is not permissible in an Amusement/Commercial Zone, Helicopter Adventures appealed, and a circuit court judge ruled in favor of the company in January 2013, stating that a helicopter sight-seeing tour facility is permitted within an A/C zone.

The appeals court affirmed this decision, and found that the Zoning Board made an error of law in construing the county ordinance to exclude the Helicopter Adventures facility.

From its first flight in 2012, people who live in the Plantation Point neighborhood have made complaints about the Helicopter Adventures attraction that sits off 21st Avenue North in Myrtle Beach.

Hinde said back in 2013 that Helicopter Adventures has been more than simply a nuisance since it started operating.

"It's an ongoing fatigue that just doesn't go away. It would be like your neighbor starting up his Harley ever two minutes and you had a zero lot line and revving up his motor from eight o'clock in the morning to eleven o'clock in the summertime," Hinde said. Hinde said the attraction also brings property values down.

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