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North Myrtle Beach SC, Popular Ohio Vacation Destination, Bans Tents from its beaches May 15-September 15

UPublish story by pcdowling@nmb.us

North Myrtle Beach, SC – North Myrtle Beach, SC, a popular vacation destination for Ohio residents, has banned the use of shading devices, other than umbrellas, May 15 to September 15 annually along the city’s nine miles of beach. 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 during the May 15-September 15 time frame each year.

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

“We understand why tents are popular among some beach-goers,” said North Myrtle Beach Public Information Officer Patrick Dowling. “They are convenient and one tent can provide shade to many people, while also accommodating coolers, chairs and other beach equipment. When their collective presence on the beach creates congestion to the extent that it seriously affects the ability of public safety personnel to respond quickly to medical and other emergencies, public safety has to outweigh convenience.”

The new law describes an acceptable beach umbrella as having “…a center pole no greater than 7 feet 6 inches in height, and with a circular shade no greater than 9 feet in diameter.” The law also describes an umbrella as being “…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.”

For additional information, please contact Public Information Officer Patrick Dowling at pcdowling@nmb.us or call (843) 280-5612.


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