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      Ice machines are making Horry County's hot list

      Horry County is cracking down on ice machines within the county, and making sure they're all zoned correctly.

      The county's spokesperson, Lisa Bourcier, says new types of machines have been popping up around the county, and they've caught a few that are very close to the roadways. Many of the machines don't have enough parking around them, which often blocks some main roads.

      "Those have been concerns of ours for safety issues when it comes to ingress and regress of people coming and having to actually park and get out of their cars to get the ice."

      Now, the county is working on making sure they're all in compliance with current zoning laws. Bourcier says there are 7 of these machines within Horry County, but not all of them have approval to be where they are.

      "We probably have about 3 or 4 that have been permitted appropriately and then there's probably another 3 that's been out there that we've been in contact with the owners," Bourcier said.

      She says they have every right to be there, and that this is just a safety measure.

      "It's all about coming into compliance making sure that they're just safely put on a location," Bourcier said.

      If you own one of these machines, you're asked to contact the Planning and Zoning Department at 915-8733.