MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) – The first ban for beach tents for most Grand Strand beaches is just wrapping up but it is already being called a success. Myrtle Beach Police Beach Patrol told WMBF News the tent ban gave officers more room to get where they needed to go quickly while also providing lifeguards with clear sight lines.
Police in North Myrtle, Myrtle Beach, and Horry County said they did not issue any tickets for beach tent violations.
In some cases police did issue warnings. For example, when people with tents did not listen when lifeguards told them to take them down.
MBPD Beach Patrol said there were a dozen or so of those cases where officers had to step in.
Horry County bans tents year round. Both Myrtle Beach and North Myrtle ban tents during the busy summer season.
Surfside Beach does not have a ban but it did see plenty of visitors this summer.
"In front of the first five houses up the beach one day, I counted them and I think there were 13 tents," said long time resident James Mason. "Another day I counted them from Melody Lane up to 13th and I counted 46 tents."
Horry County said it does not have plans to change the tent ban by limiting it just to summer. Both Myrtle Beach and North Myrtle are not working on making their bans year round.
Surfside Beach Mayor Doug Samples told WMBF News the town will look at how this summer went but for now it looks like Surfside Beach will still allow tents next year.