Tent ordinance debate leaves little time for tent ban education

Beach tent education, Part 2

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - The Grand Strand is well on its way to having a tent free summer on just about every stretch of beach as leaders move forward with plans to ban tents during the busy summer season.

North Myrtle Beach was the first city to ban tents on the beaches from mid May to mid September. City Spokesperson Pat Dowling said the city plans to place some 50,000 beach rules magnets in rental properties to help inform the public about the change.

The city will also use social media and word of mouth to spread the news about the change. However, the tent ban may come at a cost to some local businesses.

Dowling said since the ban was put in places, some long time vacationers who bring families to the area every year said they were starting to look at neighboring states to vacation where tents are allowed. Dowling said 2015 will be the real measuring the stick to see just how much an impact the ban has.

Meanwhile, just last week Myrtle Beach and Horry County both passed first readings of beach tent ban ordinances. The county ban is year round while the Myrtle Beach ban would apply to Memorial Day through Labor Day.

It may be several weeks before these ordinances become rules which does not leave a lot of time for businesses to get the word out to customers.

"All of our 2014 printed materials like our magazine and newsletters were printed in December and February so we are finished with the publications that would be direct mailed or shipped to our guests," said Barb Krumm, Director of Marketing and Public Relations for Ocean Lakes Family Campground.

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