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Murrells Inlet: Marsh Walk budgets funds for summer fireworks

By Jason Lesley
Coastal Observer

Summer fireworks shows over Murrells Inlet are budgeted to come back.

“Monday Night Lights” are in the Marsh Walk Group’s promotions budget that was presented to members of the Georgetown County Tourism Management Commission by Brandie Turner of Banton Media. The Marsh Walk Group was applying for county funding to promote the Marsh Walk as a tourist destination. The application included the group’s promotions budget of $196,600. “Monday Night Lights” was listed with a cost of $20,000.

“Residents are going to be disappointed to learn that,” said Gary Weinreich of Murrells Inlet, an outspoken critic of the fireworks shows.

Weinreich and other Murrells Inlet residents filed noise ordinance violation charges against two employees of Zambelli’s Fireworks in August of 2014.

They were issued $500 noise violation tickets, but the cases never came to a jury trial after the restaurant group agreed to discontinue fireworks last summer.

The group issued a statement that discontinuing fireworks over the inlet was “simply the right thing to do” and would re-direct promotions dollars elsewhere.

When the Marsh Walk Group proposed fireworks on New Year’s Eve, Weinreich said it was opening the door to more. “It’s a shame,” he said, “they can’t find other ways to attract customers other than something that pollutes the inlet.”

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