North Myrtle Beach considering prohibiting tents on portions of beach

akelley@thesunnews.comDecember 9, 2013 

North Myrtle Beach City Council will consider prohibiting tents on portions of the beach at a meeting next week, said city spokesman Pat Dowling.

City Council held a workshop Monday where staff recommended restricting use of tents in three locations due to high populations of beachgoers on small bits of beach and beach erosion. Leaders will look at a proposed ordinance during the Dec. 16 City Council meeting.

Myrtle Beach was considering a ban on beach tents earlier this year, but referred the decision to the Coastal Alliance, which tabled the discussion. The Coastal Alliance is a group of Grand Strand leaders including North Myrtle Beach Mayor Marilyn Hatley. The alliance serves to create consistency of laws along the Grand Strand, but actions taken by the council do not become ordinances. That responsibility remains with the individual municipalities and Horry County Council.

The two spots identified with high traffic and little space were in Windy Hill from 45th Avenue South to 48th Avenue South and up to the city limit on the south side of North Beach Plantation and in Crescent Beach from 16th Avenue South to 18th Avenue South.

In Cherry Grove, Dowling said staff identified an area of extreme beach erosion where there is no beach during high tide between 21st Avenue North and 39th Avenue North.

“Erosion of some sections of the most recent beach renourishment project is a large contributor to the recommendation to prohibit tents on the beach,” Dowling said.

Dowling said beach erosion was a large factor and said rates of erosion vary by location from 6 feet to 40 feet annually.

The Cherry Grove section is losing the most beach, with a near zero foot beach width at the Cherry Grove Pier and less than a 20 feet beach width near Sea Mountain Highway, Dowling said.

Erosion is also a problem in Windy Hill where there’s 34 feet of beach width beginning at 47th Avenue South and tapering to about zero feet in front of the North Beach Plantation high rise.

Contact AMANDA KELLEY at 626-0381, or follow her at Twitter.com/TSN_akelley.

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