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      Horry County bans beach tents year round

      You aren't allowed to take beach tents to unincorporated areas of the Horry County anymore.

      Horry County Council voted for it's third and final time Tuesday night to ban tents 365 days a year.

      This law bans all shading devices, except for umbrellas.

      This will affect around around 14 miles of public beach along the Grand Strand.

      Over the next several weeks, it'll be up to public safety officials to help get the word out about the ban.

      WPDE NewsChannel 15 asked the Assistant County Administrator Paul Whitten about how they plan to do that.

      "It's going to be an education campaign for the most part for the next several weeks. That's my opinion. I think you'll see that we're not looking to have a heavy-handed approach. We're really just looking to come and educate everybody on what the new rules are," said Whitten.

      Signs with the new beach tent rules will also be put up at beach access points.

      Whitten added that another big issue is to make sure beach patrol officer are educated.

      There are other cities along the Grand Strand that have put bans in place.

      The City of North Myrtle Beach's ban will start on May 15 and run through September 15.

      Myrtle Beach's ban will begin on Memorial Day and go through Labor Day.

      Surfside Beach and Georgetown County are two areas that do not have beach tent bans in place.