North Myrtle Beach considers beach tent ban amid erosion

NORTH MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - The North Myrtle Beach City Council is considering an ordinance that would ban the use of tents at three beach locations.

According to a news release from the city, the draft of the proposed ordinance would ban tents in:

-The Windy Hill section of the city, from 45th Avenue South to 48th Avenue South, due to a high population of beach-goers and minimal beach area.

-The Crescent Beach section of the city, from 16th Avenue South to 18th Avenue South, due to the "extremely high" population of beach-goers in a small area.

-In the Cherry Grove section, from 21st Avenue North to 39th Avenue North, due to extreme beach erosion, and no beach at high tide.

The release goes on to state that erosion of some sections of the beach since the recent beach re nourishment project is a large factor in the decision to prohibit tents.

In Cherry Grove, the beach width is near zero feet at Cherry Grove Pier, to less than 20 feet near Sea Mountain Highway. In Windy Mill, the beach width is 34 feet beginning at 47th Avenue South, tapering to about zero feet in front of the North Beach Plantation high rise.

North Myrtle Beach Spokesperson Pat Dowling said beach patrol and the city manager have been assessing those section of the beach to determine those were indeed the problem areas.

The reason Dowling said a limit on tent access is being discussed is because there simply isn't enough room and so emergency crews can have better access throughout the beach when responding to a call.

The proposed tent ban will be up for discussion at the next North Myrtle Beach City Council meeting Monday, December 16th. A final vote will be taken on the tents in January at the regular schedule council meeting.

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