North Myrtle Beach tent ban goes into effect Thursday

North Myrtle Beach will begin enforcing its ban on beach tents starting May 15.

The ban is in effect through September 15.

North Myrtle Beach's law allows umbrellas, but says the umbrella must have "a center pole no greater than 7 feet 6 inches in height with a circular shade no greater than 9 feet in diameter." Umbrellas are not allowed in the emergency access lane, which is the area up to 20-25 feet seaward of the dune line and parallel to the shoreline.

North Myrtle Beach will take a three-step approach to enforcement of the ban, according to Public Information Officer Pat Dowling. They'll educate people about the law, then warn people who refuse to comply, and finally cite people who don't respond. Violation of the law is a misdemeanor, which carries a fine of up to $500 and/or 30 days in jail.

Atlantic Beach also recently put a ban in place for May 15 - September 15.

In April, Horry County placed year-round ban on beach tents. To see the beaches that are located in the unincorporated ares of Horry County, click here. To read specifics about the ban in Horry County, click here.

Myrtle Beach's tent ban will go into effect on Memorial Day and last through Labor Day. Umbrellas are allowed in Myrtle Beach, but they must be less than 7.5 feet in diameter. You can read specifics on Myrtle Beach's law here.