Myrtle Beach Campgrounds Tend with New Tent Rules

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June 27, 2011 by   - () Leave a Comment

This is the first summer for new tent rules that require certain spacing between tents along Grand Strand beaches in Myrtle Beach, S.C.

Horry County and North Myrtle Beach officers have been busy spreading the word amid a sea of colorful canopies that, at times last summer, nearly blanketed some parts of the beach and made it tough for lifeguards to see and emergency workers to maneuver around them, the Myrtle Beach Suns News reported. Tents aren't a big problem in Myrtle Beach, officials have said.

Ocean Lakes Family Campground, where the beaches are filled with tents, warned customers in its spring newsletter that changes were coming as area officials weighed solutions to the tent problem.

"The debate spawned a lot of questions for several months," Ocean Lakes spokeswoman Barb Krumm said. "It was a big concern for them."

The biggest fear was that the tents would be banned, Krumm said, adding that copies of the new rules are on the check-in counters at the campground.

The word didn't get out to several tent users on the beach near the campground last week. Some vaguely remembered seeing something about the rules on the campground's TV channel, but others hadn't heard of them at all.

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