Myrtle Beach – Beach Rules

On May 17, 2011, The Horry County Council passed the third reading of the proposed “uniform beach rules” for the county. Some of the potential items that may become uniformed within the county include: the times animals are allowed on the beach, the distances that motorboats and jet-skis must be from the shoreline, beach tents and umbrellas, alcoholic beverages, and carrying glass containers.

In regards to when animals are allowed on the beach, the ordinance states that approves animals must be on a hand-held leash no longer than seven-feet long and may not be on the beach between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. May 1 through Labor Day. The person in control of the animal is also responsible for its cleanup.

Motorboats must be 400 yards from the shoreline, while jet-skis must be 100 yards from the shoreline of the Atlantic Ocean. With beach tents and umbrellas many are in favor of restricting these items since they can be a distraction to lifeguards and make it harder for them to see the people on the beach and in the water.

Currently the ordinance allows “shading devices” to be 12-feet by 12-feet in size and they must be ten feet away from other shading devices (with the exception of circular umbrellas measure 7.5 feet in diameter) and cannot be on the beach between 7 p.m. and 8 a.m. Also, the use of alcoholic beverages and carrying glass containers will continue to be prohibited on all county beaches.

The spokesperson for the City of Myrtle Beach, Mark Kruea, said that while county may pass these ordinances, some many choose to have their own regulations. For example, the City of North Myrtle Beach recently passed a regulation concerning dogs on the beach so it may choose to stay with that regulation, rather than the County’s. However, the dog rule is the same as the proposed ordinance, so the city and county would be uniform.