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NORTH MYRTLE BEACH, SC -

On Monday evening, the North Myrtle Beach City Council voted to ban the use of shading devices, other than umbrellas along the city's nine miles of beach from May 15 to September 15 annually.

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, city officials said.

Last week, Myrtle Beach City Council passed first reading on an ordinance that would also ban beach tents from Memorial Day to Labor Day. Mayor John Rhodes says the reason for the ban is beach tents take up too much space and have become a safety hazard.

Horry County also voted last week to ban tents on the beach.

The new North Myrtle Beach 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," city officials said in a press release.

 

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