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Keep the tent at the circus

If you are in the habit of putting up a beach tent and camping out all day on the beach, that is a thing of the past. The city of North Myrtle Beach is one of  fourno beach tent photolocal governments that have enacted beach tent/canopy rules this year. The cities and regulations are broken down below based on information from city web sites and press releases from their pubic information office. If you have any questions about the regulations, feel free to call the area police departments or ask the nearest lifeguard. Please don’t yell at them, they are just there to keep you and your kids safe. Let’s not kill the messenger.

North Myrtle Beach:                                                                                                        From May 15th to Sept 15, the only thing that is allowed on the beach are umbrellas which are defined by the statue as “no greater than seven feet six inches (7 feet 6 inches) in height and with a circular shade no greater than nine feet (9 feet) in diameter” and cannot have any other “grounding lines or ropes”.
The items banned from the dates include “tents, tarps, cabanas, pavilions, sports-brellas or devices similar to sports-brellas, or any material mounted on supports”.
From September 16th to May 14th, you can use beach tents and there are stipulations on the way they can be used, but we don’t think the city will let you erect a 3 story “beach cabana”. For further information on the North Myrtle Beach shading law, visit:                                                                         http://www.nmb.us/newsFeedFront.aspx?feed=umbrella

Myrtle Beach:                                                                                                                     Shading devices, other than circular umbrellas with a diameter of seven and one-half feet or less, shall not be allowed on the beach between Memorial Day through Labor Day. Umbrellas must be placed above the high-tide line.
For further information on the Myrtle Beach umbrella regulations, visit: http://www.cityofmyrtlebeach.com/tents.html

Horry County:                                                                                                                    Horry County has changed their beach regulations to ban everything other than beach umbrellas year round.
The statue was changed to the following: “Shading devices. Shading devices, other than circular umbrellas with a circular shade no greater than seven feet six inches (7’6″) in diameter, shall not be allowed on the beach. This includes, but is not limited to, tents, tarps, cabanas, pavilions, sports-brellas, or similar devices, or any material mounted on supports. An umbrella is 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. All shading devices are prohibited from being tied, bound, joined, or connected in any manner, but otherwise shall be secured in such fashion to restrict uncontrolled movement of the device.
If you have any questions, contact Horry County Police at (843) 915-5350.

Atlantic Beach: According to the Associated Press, Atlantic Beach has banned the all beach tents from May 15 through Sept. 15. Violators face a fine of $500.00. If you have any questions, contact the Atlantic Beach Police Department at (843)663-2272.

Towns of  Surfside Beach and Briarcliff Acres: None of these three towns have yet acted to ban beach tents in their respective city limits. Let’s see if there will be a race to grab a spot to set up a tent like there was for the gold rush in the 1850’s.

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