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Fireworks: Marsh Walk restaurants consider laser show for 2014

By Jason Lesley
Coastal Observer

The Summer of Fireworks is coming to a close, perhaps never to be repeated.

Marsh Walk restaurant owners in Murrells Inlet are looking into alternatives to fireworks for next summer, according to Al Hitchcock, an owner of Drunken Jack’s.

“The fireworks were a big success,” he said, “but we are looking at the possibility of a laser or a light show next year.”

The restaurateurs may have seen the handwriting on the wall about using the Marsh Walk or Veterans’ Pier to launch fireworks. Georgetown County Council approved first reading of an ordinance that will address uses of the Marsh Walk and the new Jetty Walk on the south end of the inlet this week. The ordinance will address issues not considered 15 years ago, according to the proposal. A public hearing on the ordinance will be conducted next month prior to second reading.

A few miles south, five North Litchfield residents took the first steps in banning fireworks from their neighborhood this week when their applications as fireworks-free zones were approved by County Council.

The zones extend restrictions on fireworks from the five property lines to the shoreline for homeowners Jean Kay Shill, Hazel Winstead, Karen Cline and Nikolaus Lischerong, all of Parker Drive, and William C. Myers of Seaview Loop. Signs will be erected on their property declaring fireworks prohibited on the adjoining beach.

Cline, a North Litchfield resident for over 10 years, said the situation is getting worse, creating nuisance and a fire hazard for the homeowners.

“It’s insane,” Cline told County Council Tuesday, “that anybody at anytime can come into your neighborhood and set off fireworks. The wind blows them back on our houses and the noise is really bad. Ten years ago it was only periodic but now is 2, 3 and 4 a.m. I asked someone to stop at 5 a.m.”

A survey of residents by the Litchfield Beach Property Owners Association revealed that 74 percent think Pawleys Island was right to ban them and wish they could limit them to the Fourth of July and New Year’s Eve. More than 75 percent of the people surveyed said that fireworks are shot between midnight and 3 a.m.

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