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Horry County Council to consider changes to noise ordinance as construction booms

Published: Sep. 14, 2021 at 7:27 AM EDT
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HORRY COUNTY, S.C. (WMBF) - The Grand Strand community is growing quickly, which means there is no shortage of construction sites and the noise that comes with it.

Construction crews can work from 7 a.m. until 11 p.m., but one Horry County councilman wants to make changes to the current noise ordinance to cut back on disturbances for nearby homeowners.

Councilman Gary Loftus said the loud construction outside of Surfside Beach impacts him and his neighbors.

“It’s just like a bee buzzing around you all the time, and I just think that I understand it used to be a golf course and we can understand why it isn’t a golf course and why they are building houses on it. All that makes perfectly good sense. We are just asking them to remember that they are in a neighborhood, not in the middle of a farm building houses and just treat us as neighbors. Treat us as you would be treated,” Loftus said.

Loftus noted he is not the only one that wants a change in the noise ordinance, adding he has heard similar complaints from neighbors as well.

During the Horry County Public Safety Committee meeting on Tuesday, it was proposed to change the time of building construction to happen between 7 a.m. - 7 p.m. Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. on Saturdays and 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. on Sundays.

The Public Safety Committee recommended passing the proposal to the full Horry County Council.

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