NORTH MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - The City Council in North Myrtle Beach voted 5 to 2 against the first reading of a proposed ordinance to ban beach tents in three specified areas on the beach.
But council members asked city staff to bring the matter of beach tents back to them for a workshop session.
Council members and those in the audience seemed to favor either a complete ban on beach tents in the North Myrtle Beach area or just in the areas identified in a previous motion that failed to pass the vote.
Mayor Marilyn Hatley echoed others concerns that a ban in specific areas may lead to a concentration of beach tents - and the safety issues that accompany them - on other parts of the beach.
"The North Myrtle Beach visitor population continues to grow each year, as does the popularity and affordability of beach tents. The problem is, space on the beach does not grow," said city spokesman Pat Dowling.
The discussion on beach tents is far from over, however, as they continue to way the options and the potential successes of each.
Council also voted unanimously to pass the first reading of the proposed ordinances pertaining to exotic animals and installing Pay & Display parking at the city-owned Fourth Avenue South parking lot.