Dozens oppose reality show at council meeting

Dirty South

MURRELLS INLET, SC (WMBF) - It started with an zoning appeal and a Facebook page called, "We Just Said No To The Dirty South." But now residents in Murrells Inlet are taking their fight one step further to try and shut down a reality show that's being filmed at various places in the community.

On Tuesday, roughly 50 people showed up at the Georgetown County Council meeting to show their support of the three people who spoke during public comment against the show.

"The reality show. It's a plague that's been visited to us by no fault of our own," Bill Hills said.

"I'm looking for your help. I'm begging for your help," Warren Stedman said.

"We believe when a serious mistake is made it is the ethical responsibility and sworn legal duty of our county council to step in and correct it immediately," the third speaker said.

Council Chairman Johnny Morant asked County Administrator Sel Hemingway to review the situation and see if anything can be done.

Hemingway said he will review the current rules and give council a report, but the county doesn't have regulations or ordinances in place that would allow to make changes immediately.

"I really don't think that there's anything we can do…again from a regulatory standpoint," Hemingway said.

Hemingway explained that the producers came to him, the county attorney and the county zoning director in early July and explained their plans to film a reality show in a private residence. Hemingway said the three determined the filming wouldn't be in violation of any zoning regulations because filming isn't classified as a commercial activity.

"There was no requirement for any permit what so ever just by the virtue of them renting a house or a residence and conducting the filming," Hemingway said.

Hemingway said the county along with the sheriff's office are watching the activities of all people involved with the show. Hemingway said if there is any violation, the county will address it.

"What we need to address is how did we get to this point and what are we going to do about it in the future?" Hills asked during public comment Tuesday night.

Hemingway said he is in the process of talking with other counties to see what kind of ordinances or regulations they have in place for production companies to film in their jurisdictions.

"In essence, how do we create some type of regulation that prevents what we would not like to see but at the same time allows what we would like to see here in our county," Hemingway said.

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