MB City Council to continue debate on parasailing regulations

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - Members of the Myrtle Beach City Council are scheduled to discuss a second reading that would change the way parasail businesses operate along the Grand Strand.

The Myrtle Beach City Council passed forward a first reading of the new ordinance on April 13, making the sport safer for those who enjoy it and those on the beach.

The city's Beach Advisory Committee suggest the Myrtle Beach City Council require businesses to check weather forecasts from the National Weather Service before launching parasail boats out into the ocean. The ordinance would require operators to print out weather forecasts each day and store the reports in rental booths to make available for law enforcement during inspections.

Further wording in the ordinance, according to city officials, would require operators to have a wind measuring device on each boat. Under the new regulations, boats would not be able to operate when winds gust over 18 mph. Previously, the limit was 20 mph.

Operators would also be mandated to stay 600 yards from shore and any other boat. Current rules say parasail boats only have to stay 400 yards away.

The issue is expected to be brought up for debate at Tuesday's Myrtle Beach City Council meeting, slated to begin at 2 p.m.

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