Proposed Hall County film ordinance needs some work

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An ordinance that sets controls on Hollywood filming in Hall County is drawing concerns for being so restrictive that it might scare off some production crews.

“We want to find a balance where we can still attract film here but also protect our citizens,” said Richard Higgins, Hall County Board of Commissioners chairman. “They do have economic impact, and we don’t want to put something out that will run everybody off.”

The issue, discussed at Thursday night’s commission meeting, came up in response to resident concerns about problems left behind by Hollywood crews — such as property damage — after they’ve wrapped up shooting and left town.

Stacey Dickson, president of the Lake Lanier Convention and Visitors Bureau, said her office has served as a camera-ready liaison with the Georgia Film Office for seven years without any ordinance or rules.

See more at Gainesville Times.

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