Newnan’s moratorium on filming projects has some downtown business owners concerned they might miss out on movie magic.
“My fear is that now we’re going to be known as a town that doesn’t want filming here,” said Kenya Brantley, owner of Greenhouse Mercantile. “We’re burning bridges I’m not sure we’ll be able to repair.”
In January, the Newnan City Council voted to temporarily suspend filming projects until city staff can reassess the way it processes requests from production companies. Mayor Keith Brady said at the time that while Newnan is a film-friendly town, the city has an obligation to act in the best interests of its residents and businesses.
“We’re just trying to add shape and form to what we do,” Brady said.
City officials – who also temporarily stopped issuing building permits until Newnan’s zoning ordinance can be overhauled – say they hope to have an updated policy in place by April, at which time the moratorium would be lifted.
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