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NORTH MYRTLE BEACH, SC -

North Myrtle Beach city leaders gave tentative approval Monday night to new rules that would limit what beachgoers could use for shade during the summer.

The group gave its approval to an ordinance that would ban the use of "shading devices, other than umbrellas," on any section of the City's beaches from the Saturday preceding Memorial Day through to and including Labor Day.

The new rule requires a second vote from the council. It was more strict than another option that would have limited tents on certain sections of the beach.

Related: Click here to read the entire ordinance about beach tents   (pdf)

The ordinance to ban tents notes that they are started being used excessively in the last 10 years or so. From a public safety perspective, the city said tents can block the view of activities in the water and could limit responses from public safety.

Voting in favor of the motion to pass first reading Monday night were Mayor Marilyn Hatley, Mayor Pro Tempore Terry White, Councilman Jay Baldwin, Councilman Fred Coyne, Councilwoman Nikki Fontana, Councilman Hank Thomas. Voting against the motion was Councilman Bob Cavanaugh.

In addition to banning tents, the new rules would define what could be used for shade.

It would ban anything other than umbrellas with a center pole no greater than seven feet six inches (7'6") in height and with a circular shade no greater than six feet two inches (6'2") in diameter, all shading devices, including but not limited to: tents, tarps, cabanas, pavilions, sports-brellas or devices similar to sports-brellas, or any material mounted on supports would be prohibited from being placed on the beach in North Myrtle Beach.

The rules define an umbrella "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."

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