“We are moving forward as gently as possible until we are told otherwise”
Myrtle Beach planning officials are forging ahead with plans to rezone smoke and vape shops despite state lawmakers recently approving legislation that would restrict local municipalities from placing additional regulations on cigarettes and vaping products.
“We are moving forward as gently as possible until we are told otherwise,” City Planner Allison Hardin said at Tuesday’s Planning Commission meeting. “Until we are told we can’t go forward, the process will go forward.”
After the city council passed an ordinance last month temporarily banning the city from granting permits to businesses selling CBD oil, electronic cigarettes and tobacco paraphernalia, as well as shops primarily selling cigars, cigarettes and/or tobacco, the planning commission was tasked with evaluating the zoning code to find an appropriate area for vape and smoke shops to operate.
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