Now that North Myrtle Beach has banned beach tents, what will other areas do?
Wed, 19 Mar 2014 03:38:15 GMT —
North Myrtle Beach may have already decided to ban tents from city beaches from May 15th to September 15th, but other areas still have to decide how to regulate them.
The Coastal Alliance, a group of mayors who govern Grand Strand areas, have talked about the creation of one, uniform beach tent law that would apply to all Grand Strand beaches.
However, North Myrtle Beach council members' decision to ban tents seasonally has made this goal more of a challenge.
That's because Horry County has passed first reading of an ordinance to ban beach tents year-round.
"I was hoping that, after our conversations at the Coastal Alliance meeting, they would move forward with a year-round ban," said Horry County Council Chairman Mark Lazarus when asked about North Myrtle Beach's decision.
Horry County council's next meeting will be on April 1st.
WPDE NewsChannel 15 asked Lazarus if County Council would go with a year-round ban if North Myrtle Beach has decided to only ban them during the summer.
He said North Beach's decision would be taken into consideration by council.
However, there is the chance council may just move forward with a year-round ban, because law enforcement has made it clear that these tents have become a growing public safety concern.
If County Council decides to ban them year-round, Lazarus said he would hope North Myrtle Beach would consider amending its ordinance to match it.
We asked North Myrtle Beach City Spokesman Pat Dowling Monday night after the City Council vote there about the push for a uniform law for the Grand Strand. He said ordinances can always be changed.
Myrtle Beach Spokesman Mark Kruea told us on Tuesday that City Council has plans to go along with the decision made by the county.
On Tuesday, Myrtle Beach city council members will meet to discuss the beach tent issue.
The city has passed first reading of a law to ban beach tents from Memorial to Labor Day.
It still needs one more reading to become law.
Kruea said city council could decide to act on the law or wait-and-see what Horry County does in April.
Local lawmakers said there is some urgency on this matter, because the sooner the decision is made, the more time the city and county will have to tell the public and tourists who visit our area's beaches.