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Beach Changes Coming to Myrtle Beach

March 3, 2011 by   - () Leave a Comment

Beachgoers would have restrictions on where and when they could set up beach tents if  cities in Horry County, S.C., approve a proposal endorsed Wednesday (March 2) by a group of area mayors, the Myrtle Beach Sun News reported.

Rules for tents were among the 23 proposed beach regulations the Coastal Alliance endorsed Wednesday, aiming to make rules the same along all Grand Strand beaches, “so if you cross from one jurisdiction to another, you know what to expect,” said Philip Cain, a beach patrol officer in Myrtle Beach who helped develop the proposed rules.

If approved, tents would not be allowed on the ocean side of the established umbrella line, couldn’t be set up before 8 a.m. and must be down by 7 p.m., according to the proposal, which was patterned after the tent rules adopted last year in North Myrtle Beach.

Ocean Lakes Family Campground, one of the oceanfront campgrounds where tents have especially become crowded on the beach, included a blurb about potential changes to tent rules in the newsletter sent this week to 110,000 tourists who have and plan to stay there, said Lance Thompson of Ocean Lakes, who was on the committee that came up with the recommendations.

“We’ve kind of put them on notice,” he said. “We told them a change is possibly coming.”

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