Horry County’s beach tent ban took effect April 16, 2014.
There is also a beach tent ban from May 15 to Sept. 15 in North Myrtle Beach and a ban from Memorial Day to Labor Day in Myrtle Beach.
Here is what the bans read:
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Shading devices, other than circular umbrellas with a circular shade no greater than 7 feet, 6 inches in diameter, shall not be allowed on the beach. This includes, but is not limited to, tents, tarps, cabanas, pavilions, sports-brellas, or similar devices, or any material mounted on supports. 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. All shading devices are prohibited from being tied, bound, joined, or connected in any manner, but otherwise shall be secured in such fashion to restrict uncontrolled movement of the device.
Shading devices, other than circular umbrellas with a diameter of 7 feet, 6 inches or less, shall not be allowed on the beach between Memorial Day through Labor Day.
Violation: Verbal warning; According to Mark Kruea, spokesman for Myrtle Beach, the court has set $262 as the standard bond amount, or fine, for a tent violation, which includes court costs.
North Myrtle Beach
Only umbrellas with a center pole no more than 7 feet six inches in height, and with a circular canopy no more than 9 feet in diameter are allowed on the beach May 15-Sept. 15.
Violation: Verbal warning; if necessary, a misdemeanor charge, which is up to a $500 fine and/or up to 30 days in jail.