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Myrtle Beach City Council passes new beach rules

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Updated: May. 14, 2021 at 9:45 PM EDT
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MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (WMBF) - The City of Myrtle Beach now has new rules in place for the beach.

Earlier this week, city council passed three new rules addressing hole digging, tents for children and surf fishing in the area.

Under the new rules, it’s now illegal to dig a hole deeper than two feet on the beach. Holes can also not be left unfilled, and metal shovels are no longer allowed for recreational digging.

City leaders also updated guidance for children’s tents, increasing the allowed size for shading. The maximum size is now four feet wide, three feet deep and three feet high.

The city also says canopies and tents any larger are banned from Memorial Day through Labor Day. Myrtle Beach has an “umbrellas only” police for the public beach through the summer months.

Surf fishing policies were also updated, giving swimmers priority and the right-of-way over those who want to fish from the beach. A fishing license is also required for those wanting to fish from the surf in South Carolina, but not from a pier.

All of the changes were recommended by the City of Myrtle Beach Beach Advisory Committee.

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