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Murrells Inlet: Fireworks return for New Year's with call for cleanup

By Jason Lesley
Coastal Observer

Murrells Inlet will bring in the New Year with a bang. Marsh Walk restaurants have received a permit from Georgetown County for a 30-minute fireworks show over the inlet starting at midnight.

Boyd Johnson, county planning director, said a requirement of the permit is that the eight Marsh Walk restaurants be responsible for cleaning up the debris during the next day’s low tide.

Gary Weinreich of Murrells Inlet asked the county to require the cleanup, claiming the Marsh Walk group had failed to perform the cleanup specified in its permits after the last three fireworks events: New Year’s Eve, July 4 and Labor Day. Additionally, he said, burn damage to a bench at the east end of the pier resulting from the Labor Day fireworks event has yet to be repaired as required by ordinance.

“Repeated failure to complete the required cleanup as specified in the permit should certainly be grounds for denial of any future permit requests for fireworks other than on the 4th of July, and on that date, the cleanup requirements should be strongly enforced,” Weinreich said. He suggested the county ban fireworks in favor of laser light shows.

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