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NMB City Council passes first reading for beach tent changes

Option #1 was a proposed ordinance that would prohibit the use of shading devices, other than umbrellas, on any section of the City's beaches from the Saturday preceding Memorial Day through to and including Labor Day.

Option #2 was a proposed ordinance that would prohibit the use of shading devices, other than umbrellas, on certain sections of the City's beaches from the Saturday preceding Memorial Day through and including Labor Day.

City Council passed first reading of Option #1, which, if it passes second (final) reading, would prohibit the use of shading devices, other than umbrellas, on any section of the City's beaches from the Saturday preceding Memorial Day through to and including Labor Day. Other than umbrellas with a center pole no greater than seven feet six inches (7'6") in height and with a circular shade no greater than six feet two inches (6'2") in diameter, all shading devices, including but not limited to: tents, tarps, cabanas, pavilions, sports-brellas or devices similar to sports-brellas, or any material mounted on supports would be prohibited from being placed on the beach in North Myrtle Beach. An umbrella is defined as a collapsible circular shade consisting of a natural or synthetic fabric shade stretched over hinged ribs radiating from a central pole without grounding lines or ropes.

Public safety concerns form the basis for the proposed ordinance, and those concerns are set forth in the attached copy of the ordinance.

The Council vote on first reading of the proposed ordinance regarding shading devices on the beach was 6-1.

Voting in favor of the motion to pass first reading of the ordinance were Mayor Marilyn Hatley, Mayor Pro Tempore Terry White, Councilman Jay Baldwin, Councilman Fred Coyne, Councilwoman Nikki Fontana, Councilman Hank Thomas.

Voting against the motion was Councilman Bob Cavanaugh.

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