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Editorial: Filming ordinance draws little public comment

  • Thursday, October 10, 2013

  • Updated Thursday, October 10, 2013 8:33 pm

During Tuesday night's meeting of Georgetown County Council, there was little comment on second reading of an ordinance to regulate the process of filming movies or television shows.
Council went through five revisions of the ordinance and apparently satisfied many of the critics of how the county dealt with the misbehavior displayed by the crew and staff of a TV reality show filmed in Murrells Inlet and at a plantation near Andrews.
There is a fine line between freedom of speech and expression and controlling behavior.
At first look at the main points of the ordinance, it appears the county has done a good job at balancing First Amendment rights and the right of people to be secure in their persons and in their homes.
It's too bad that the recent experiences neighbors and businesses had to deal with related to filming a TV reality show had to be endured before a draft ordinance was prepared. But we're glad it has been done.
It's important that people make themselves aware of this ordinance and others thate come before government bodies.
Local government takes a lot of work, and people can save themselves at least some grief by keeping up with matters that come before city and county councils, school boards and the like.
For the proposed film ordinance, we encourage people to take the time to read its provisions and give feedback to members of Georgetown County Council.
If you like it — as we expect most people will — then give a thank-you to council members and staff. Community members, business owners and neighbors who worked to resolve the recent reality show unpleasantness also would deserve thanks.
If you find things in the ordinance you would like to be changed, share your ideas with County Council and county staff.
Meanwhile, we'll offer our thanks for tackling a situation that we all wish had been avoided earlier.
This is a good learning experience for us all.

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