Company resubmits plans for N. Myrtle Beach helicopter tours

Revised plans to operate helicopter tours on the North Strand will be reconsidered by the City of North Myrtle Beach Board of Zoning Appeals in September.

Company representative Steve Powell told News13 revised plans were recently submitted to the city for consideration. In June, the group requested a special exception to operate near the corner of US-17 and Windy Hill Road Extension.

The North Myrtle Beach Board of Zoning Appeals denied the request. Many nearby residents opposed the plan due to noise and safety concerns.

Powell says the proposed location of the tour site is the biggest change in the new plans submitted to North Myrtle Beach leaders. He says the company wants to locate the business behind the Walgreens on US-17 South, which borders the Grand Strand Airport.

The newly proposed site is about 500 feet from the original site, according to City of North Myrtle Beach Spokesman Pat Dowling.

Powell told News13 the new location will provide a better buffer between homes, businesses and highway traffic.

Powell says he expects the new plans to be discussed at a North Myrtle Beach Board of Zoning Appeals meeting on September 10.



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