Myrtle Beach officials consider banning beach tents

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MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. -- City officials in Myrtle Beach have sent a proposed ban on all forms of beach tents to the Coastal Alliance, according to

The measure would ban all tents on the beach between May 1 and Labor Day.

The Coastal Alliance, which represents cities and towns along the Grand Strand and Horry County, will consider the proposal. reports the idea was discussed Tuesday during a workshop among the Myrtle Beach City Council. The city's Beach Advisory Committee requested that the council look into a tent ban after the committee received a plea from city beach service franchisees.

The franchisees provide lifeguard services in addition to renting umbrellas and chairs to beachgoers. They say tents become a safety hazard when rescuers need to get to the water.

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