Horry County Council rejects plans for amphitheater; approves paid parking areas in Garden City

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HORRY COUNTY, S.C. (WBTW) — Horry County council voted Tuesday to reject a rezoning request for what would’ve been the fifth largest amphitheater in the United States.

The amphitheater was proposed along Highway 22 on McKinley Shortcut road in Conway. The amphitheater could’ve hosted acts such as Drake, Blake Shelton, Metallica, Pitbull, and Maroon 5. The capacity would’ve been more than 21,000, according to council documents.

Many residents were not happy about the possible rezoning. Council said too many people were opposed to it to approve it. Many of the complaints revolved around noise and traffic, but others said it would bring more tourists to the area.

“Please don’t do it. Period. We don’t want it in our neighborhood, we don’t need it,” one resident who lives near the proposed amphitheater said.

“I’m going to have to ask the council members to vote it down simply because 70% of the people don’t not want it and don’t think it’s the right setting to be there,” Horry County Councilmember Danny Hardee said.

Council also spent time discussing a possible increase to the property tax and stormwater fees that the Public Safety Committee says could help greatly with the staffing shortage that public safety departments are facing.

“This county is the largest in the state,” Councilmember Bill Howard said. “We have a huge area and we do not cover it adequately. If you talk about the growth that we’re going to have in the next 10 years might, or five years. We will not be adequate to handle this county with public safety. Public works, same thing.”

That item was deferred until the next council meeting.

Council also approved a resolution to provide paid parking areas on Magnolia Avenue in Garden City. That’s two blocks from the pier. There would be free parking during the day and paid parking at night. There is no timetable for this change yet, as adding signage and other steps would need to be taken first.

Council also indefinitely deferred a discussion of the use of public funds and awarding contracts to organizations owned by council members or members of their family.

News13’s Maria DeBone was at tonight’s council meeting and will have more on WBTW News at 11 p.m.

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