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North Myrtle Beach City Council passes beach tents ordinance

NORTH MYRTLE BEACH – During their December 6 meeting, the North Myrtle Beach City Council passed the second  and final reading of an ordinance to amend the North Myrtle Beach City Code titled Placing Obstructions on the Beach.

These are the highlights of the amended ordinance:
No shading devices (tents, umbrellas, pavilions, etc.) may be set up on the beach before 8am daily

  • Shading devices must be removed from the beach by 7pm daily
  • Shading devices left on the beach after 7pm will be collected by the City and stored for up to 30 days. Owners can reclaim their tents during that period but must pay a $40 fee, which goes to pay for the labor required to collect, tag and store tents left on the beach after 7pm.
  • Shading devices, other than umbrellas, must be located landward of the City umbrella line or, if no City umbrella lines exists, the high tide mark.
  • All shading devices must be located 20-25 feet seaward of dune line. This frees up a lane along the high tide beach for Rescue and Safety vehicles to use in the event of an emergency.
  • No shading device may be larger than 12-feet x 12-feet or a total 144 square feet
  • No shading device may be higher than 9-feet installed
  • Shading devices may not be joined together in any manner
  • Shading devices, other than umbrellas, must be placed at a minimum of 10 feet from any other shading device
  • Shading devices may not be placed within 10 feet of any lifeguard stand
  • Anchoring lines, if used, may not extend beyond the perimeter of the shading device
  • Violation of the ordinance is punishable by a $250 fine.

Emergency Operations Plan

The City of North Myrtle Beach’s Department of Public Safety has taken necessary precautions to make sure that in the event of an emergency such as a hurricane, all public officials and departments are ready to perform the tasks necessary for overall public safety. All departments including the Public Works Department, Fire Department and Police Department all work together as a cohesive unit in disastrous situations. These departments have been thoroughly trained on the City of North Myrtle Beach’s Emergency Operations Plan and the interdepartmental communication skills necessary to help the City of North Myrtle Beach to return to a state of normalcy.

The City of North Myrtle Beach follows all evacuation notices given by the South Carolina Governor. When mandatory evacuation notices are given, the public (both residents and visitors) must adhere to evacuation guidelines, leave their homes and/or rental properties/hotels immediately and travel to a safe destination until it is safe to return to the North Myrtle Beach area. In the event you are unable travel inland, North Myrtle Beach area citizens and visitors should go to provided area shelters. Members of the Fire Department, Police Department and Public Works Department will remain at the scene of the disaster until it is no longer safe to do so. Once it is deemed safe to return to the disaster area, necessary public departments will come together as a task force to evaluate the state of our community.

Please tune into WNMI 98.7 FM, Time Warner Channel 21 (north end of North Myrtle Beach) and HTC Channel 4 (south end of North Myrtle Beach) for North Myrtle Beach area disaster updates, evacuation procedures and any other information deemed important in the state of an emergency. For specific information on emergency operations procedures, please contact the South Carolina Emergency Preparedness Division at: www.scemd.org.