"Party Down South" okay to shoot in Murrells Inlet

At a public hearing Thursday night, The Georgetown County Board of Zoning Appeals ruled the county had every right to let a commercial company film in a residential area of Murrells Inlet this summer.

The filming in question is the TV show "Party Down South," which was shot on the Kings Crest property in Murrells Inlet. The 6-week shoot ended in August.

The show is set to air on CMT this Fall and features a group of eight people spending a summer at the beach, but residents who live on the surrounding properties said they caused a nuisance in the neighborhood from their excessive drinking and rowdy behavior.

"An attempt by one family to obtain financial gain, the entire community must suffer," Warren Stedman, a Murrells Inlet resident said at the public hearing.

Stedman, along with nearly 50 other Murrells Inlet residents, told the board their concerns and asked board members to repeal the permits issued to the production company, 495 Productions.

They said the permits didn't comply with current zoning laws in Georgetown County.

"We just want our Inlet back and keep it that way and not have them return and have a repeat," Leon Rice, a Murrells Inlet resident said.

Despite understanding the residents' concerns, the board denied the appeal in a 4-1 vote, saying under current zoning laws, the company did have a right to be there.

Board members said they will work with residents to come up with recommendations for issuing future permits and bring them to County Council for discussion.

"I think as long as they're working toward getting something done, and I think because of this, they'll get it done fast, Johnny Weaver, Chairman of the Board, said.

Rice was disappointed by the board's decision, but sees this as a learning opportunity.

"What I think it did was call attention to our problem in the Inlet that we had during the month of August. And it'll help us get legislation passed through County Council so that we can maybe regulate these people and make them be more reasonable in their use of property," Rice said.