Horry County is one vote away from banning beach tents all year round

Horry County still on track for Tent Ban.

Horry County Council is on track to ban tents along beaches in unincorporated parts of the county.

North Myrtle Beach and Myrtle Beach have already passed laws to ban tents, but only during the summer.

However, Horry County Council's ordinance, which passed second reading at Tuesday night's meeting, will ban tents all year around.

A uniform law that can apply to all Grand Strand beaches has been something city and county leaders have been striving for.

However, Horry County's decision would not let this happen. WPDE NewsChannel 15 asked Horry County council chairman Mark Lazarus about this.

"Our hope is that once we finish third reading that Myrtle Beach and North Myrtle Beach would possibly amend theirs. If not, that's fine, too. We are looking after our public safety officials," Lazarus said.

The ordinance will need one more reading until it becomes law.

A final vote for the beach tent ban will be made at the council's next meeting on April 15.

Beach tents have become a growing public safety issue over the years, and council members it's the reason for this ban.

In 2013, Horry County public safety officials responded to 3,800 beach-tent related incidents, which include having to tell someone to move a tent farther from the shoreline.