First reading to allow filming in Horry County passes

HORRY COUNTY, SC (WMBF) - Horry County council members unanimously voted to pass an ordinance that would allow and regulate filming in the county.

Horry County council members all are in favor of the ruling, with the exception of one council member who was absent and did not vote.

Councilman Marion Foxworth admits he has some concerns about the law that could grant film companies access to all of the county.

Ordinance 29-14 establishes a process for obtaining a county film permit, requiring the applicants to disclose information such as the specific site to be filmed, the dates and hours of the filming, and the nature of the filming activities.

The ordinance would also require a special permit from the state fire marshal for filming activity involving explosives, pyrotechnics, and other special effects.

"I have some concerns about what it's not trying to regulate," Councilman Foxworth said. "We ought to think about and cover as many what-ifs as possible."

Councilman Foxworth said he's not opposed to it. "We just need to take a closer look in more areas," Foxworth said.

The ordinance will be discussed at two more council meetings.

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