Beach Patrol offers tips before heading out to the beach

Myrtle Beach, SC - MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - People are hitting the beach for the 4th of July weekend and that means over-crowded parking lots.

"If you don't pay for you're parking you're going to get a ticket!" said Eddie Green of Aiken, SC.

Officials agree and want to remind visitors to obey the law while enjoying their stay in Myrtle Beach.

"Just make sure that if you are trying to find a parking place, make sure it's a clearly marked space," advised Sergeant Philip Cain of the Myrtle Beach Police Department's Beach Patrol.

"Make sure, as with any town you would go to, not to park on the yellow curbs and to make sure you're parked legally."

It's not just parking congestion along the oceanfront. Cain says they deal with other problems on busy weekends as well.

"Of course alcohol is illegal on the beach. Just be mindful of the people around you, and be respectful." Cain said. "Fireworks are illegal. This weekend is typically the biggest fireworks weekend that we have."

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