Say 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.