N. Myrtle Beach officials reject plan for helicopter tours

NORTH MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. — North Myrtle Beach officials have rejected a proposal to allow a helicopter tour company to operate in the city.

Local media outlets report that the city’s board of zoning appeals on Thursday rejected a request to allow the helicopters to take off from a site on U.S. 17 after residents objected about the noise and traffic.

Steve Powell is an engineer who appeared for the company and said he doesn’t know if there will be a request to operate from a different location.

Powell told the board the tours would last about an hour. He said the company requires three or four helicopters and a hanger large enough to house them.

Powell said noise from the helicopters would be about the same as the noise from passing traffic.