Beach tent ban moves forward in Myrtle Beach

Tuesday afternoon, Myrtle Beach City Council approved the first reading of an ordinance that would ban tents on city beaches, and Tuesday night, Horry County Council approved the first reading of a beach tent ban ordinance as well.

Myrtle Beach voted on a proposal that would ban canopy-style tents from Memorial Day to Labor Day, while Horry County Council's ban would keep tents off the beach year-round.

There may be some changes in store for the Myrtle Beach city ordinance.

"City council is willing to go where county council goes. The idea is that we would have one rule for the whole Grand Strand to eliminate confusion," City Spokesman Mark Kruea said.

The idea of the ban stemmed from the increase of canopy-style tents on the beach each year.

"They take up a lot of prime real estate on the beach, so without the tents, more people could conceivably be on the beach, and then in the event of an emergency, it makes it difficult for emergency responders to get through that line of tents to get to the water's edge," Kruea said.

Horry County Council Chairman Mark Lazarus said he and county council are for a year-round tent ban for safety and consistency reasons.

"We're looking for consistency across the board we want people if they come to Myrtle Beach, North Myrtle Beach, Horry County, unincorporated areas, that it's the same everywhere. We've all worked very closely together and hopefully that'll happen again," Lazarus said.

The city will likely have a second reading on the ordinance at its next meeting, and if it passes it will become law.

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