Beach Tent Ban in North Myrtle Beach

beach tentSay it ain’t so! On Monday night, March 17, North Myrtle Beach City Council passed a ban on shading devices, other than umbrellas, on the city’s nine miles of beach from May 15 to September 15 each year. What? No more tents on the beach? What do you think our tourists will think?

This means that, with the exception of umbrellas, tents, tarps, cabanas, pavilions, sport-brellas or devices similar to sport-brellas, or any material mounted on supports are prohibited from being placed on the beach from May 15 to September 15 annually.

The new law defines an acceptable beach umbrella as having “…a circular shade no greater than 9 feet in diameter.” In the law, an umbrella is also defined as “…a collapsible circular shade consisting of a natural or synthetic fabric shade stretched over hinged ribs radiating from a central pole without grounding lines or ropes.”

The adoption of the new law was driven by public safety concerns. Over the past several years, the number of tents on the beach escalated to the point where it became increasingly difficult for public safety officials to respond in a timely manner to beach related medical and other emergencies.

Do you think there should be an area on the beach where tents are acceptable? Tell us what you think. Now we are waiting to see if Myrtle Beach follows.

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15 Responses

  1. Tony Akers
    Tony Akers March 29, 2014 at 3:47 pm |

    I like the beach, my family of (7) love the beach, I pay for beach trips, No shade no pay. Umbrella will not do. I had no problem with being well behind lifeguards. I guess no concern for skin cancer or people that burn easy. So long 5200 ave. area and the great sea food dining. Got to do what best for me, my dime I get to choose

  2. Mrs k
    Mrs k May 11, 2014 at 1:35 pm |

    My younger child has special needs which cause her to overheat in an instant, even If she is well hydrated on mild days. Tents make our family outings fun for all because she has a cool shaded area with us no matter where we are. This is very sad but there are plenty of other family friendly places. won’t be wasting our days or money here anymore!!

  3. john
    john May 24, 2014 at 4:15 pm |

    Just spoke to a friend who was there this week and he said he ask the lifeguards about the tent ban because of his 2 small kids and they told him they did not care as long as he set up behind the chair, no which is can we use them or not or is it up to the lifeguards. Somebody needs to make up their minds.

  4. Michelle
    Michelle May 24, 2014 at 9:35 pm |

    We have been vacationing in myrtle beach for 20+ years and as 3 generations traveling together, I personally have 2 young children and I cannot protect them from the sun with an umbrella that does not cover. No matter the size umbrella you buy, it will not be large enough to protect a family of any size. And I think there should be reserved places for families to have canopies for families and those that cannot be out in the sun for whatever reason they need. Personally I feel that this Ban is just a way to put more money back into the county with umbrella rentals, fines from families using canopies to protect their families from the sun, and a shear control factor. I know I will be looking for another beach to camp at with our family due to having someone tell me I can’t protect my children using the shade of my choice. (Especially after today with my young children on the beach I was told I couldn’t have the umbrella I had because it had the ability to protect my sleeping daughter while the sun was not at highest point , 3:30pm, a sport-brella style).

  5. Alisha
    Alisha March 7, 2016 at 6:58 pm |

    I cancelled my trip because of this. Most ridiculous thing I have ever heard. No driving in the beach, no drinking on the beach, no tents or umbrellas on the beach… Next no swimming. #cancelmyrtlebeach #banmyrtlebeach

    1. Steve
      Steve June 25, 2017 at 3:00 pm |

      I’m with you Alisha! If the first responders are that inept that they can get by a mass of 9′ umbrellas but not shade tents I don’t plan on going back either! I have NEVER seen umbrellas and shade tents set up in FRONT of lifeguard chairs! How do laws like this even make it to the voting stage?

  6. Carol music
    Carol music May 11, 2017 at 9:23 pm |

    This new rule is stupid !! We camp here 3-4 times a year. We always bring our Grandchildren to the beach for summer break. They range in age from 12 to 18 months. They need shade, not just a Umbrella. I also have had skin cancer and need out of the sun. If tents were taking up to much space on beach , you could have made rule that tents had to be at back next to sand dunes . People would have been much happier. This Stupid Rule has hurt your beaches!! You need to think of the small kids and the older adults, they are the ones who used to enjoy your beach. I am so 😳😡☹

  7. Eleanor Schwartz
    Eleanor Schwartz June 18, 2017 at 8:20 am |

    I spend my hard earned money in North Myrtle Beach and Myrtle beach half a year. This ruling of only circular umbrellas and the infant canopy I have it a little larger than 36 inches so kids are left to bake and folks eat up with sun cancer. I will not vacation here anymore with these rules. There were much better ways to inform tourist and your local community how to put up any shade devices. This sends a message you do not want families with kids and those families keep the amusement parks going and all the other attractions. Nags head, Wrightsville Beach any many others gladly want the business. Will no longer promote your area going back to the NC beaches.


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