Brunswick County, N.C.: Ocean Isle bans cabanas on beach

Sep 12, 2007 | Posted by: Myrtle Beach Online | Full story: Myrtle Beach Online

“For example, stay out of the sun during the heat of the day.”

Ocean Isle Beach commissioners voted unanimously Tuesday to ban cabanas and similar structures from its seven-mile strand.

The action comes after at least three years of watching the number of cabanas mushroom along the oceanfront and trying to get people to voluntarily take them down at night.

Commissioners asked for the ordinance to be drafted last month, but wavered after receiving a number of e-mails from tourists asking them to reconsider. Heavy resident input since then favoring a complete ban sealed the deal. Read more

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nancy chapman

Myrtle Beach, SC

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Sep 12, 2007
 
my family has taken our vacation for the last 15 years and have rented the same ocean front house. we do not care to be in the sun all day and therefor we always put up a nice cabana and enjoy it all week. we would not have had a problem taking it down every evening if that is what they had asked. now not being able to use a cabana on the beach we will no longer be vactioning at ocean isle beach any longer. it saddens me to know after years of coming there we can longer enjoy the beautiful beach. so sorry that this ordiance has passed
Helene Dow

Philadelphia, PA

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Sep 12, 2007
 
I am truly disheartened to learn of this new ordinance. Having vacationed on Ocean Isle for many years I would be very disappointed if my family needed to find another vacation spot. Given how much is now known about the dangers of exposure to the sun, to make it more difficult to help people enjoy the beach and also be safe sends the message: "We don't really want you here". One vehicle with the capacity to pick up errant cabana frames at 7 pm, for example, will quickly let people know you mean business. No one wants to have to replace their cabana during the summer when supplies may already be depleted, so the incentive to comply is powerful
Chief 2 Beers

Belle Center, OH

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Sep 13, 2007
 
Next step,
Ban the tourist. I posted earlier in Aug. agreeing with some sort of regulation, but this is xxxxxxtreme!!!! Simple plan would have been to ban all personal cabana use, make cabana's available thru OIB municipal rental stations strategically placed throughout the strand, reasonable daily rental fees with sizeable refundable deposit upon timely return. Heck let the turtle people operate the whole shebang. That way they can make sure the structures are placed well away from the nesting areas, give them a cut of the proceeds to go towards their cause. Keep visitors content, extra revenue for both OIB & turtles. Somebody needs to do something before they lose many return visitors. As Teddy Rosevelt may have said, "Hell with the horns, Boys, you better grab this Bull by the Balls!".
Enjoy the Beach

Chapel Hill, NC

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Sep 19, 2007
 
Give me a break! Use an umbrella. No one says you cannot enjoy the beach and be out of the sun. Try walking on the beach at high tide on the west end with all the "small houses" side by side. Trip over the lines, walk through a family with 2 or 3 together. Enough is enough!
All should be taken down and removed at night, including the umbrellas, so EVERYONE can enjoy the beach. It's PUBLIC, by the way. You do not own it or rent it. It will be MUCH nicer if it goes back natural in the evening.
I've been coming to OIB for nearly 30 years and the last few years, because of this issue, have certainly NOT been better.
Jim and Pat

Concord, NC

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Sep 28, 2007
 
Our family has vacationed on Ocean Isle Beach several times each year for over 10 years. We usually have 15 to 20 folks. We rent a large condo, buy groceries, shop, and eat at the local restrauants. We enjoy the beach but none can sit in the sun for 3 or 4 hours. Also, three members of our group have had skin cancer and have been advised to stay out of the sun as much as possible. The ban on canopies is not exactly a welcome mat to the visitors of this great beach.I agree, the messege seems to be "We don't want you here". If the residents were truely in favor of this change let's see what they say when no one rents from them and they have to pay the big mortgage payments by themselves. There are plenty of other beaches in the area and we will be making our reservations at one of them from now on.
Mike Pokornie

United States

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Dec 7, 2007
 
After 15 years of wonderful memories at Ocean Isle Beach, I regret to say that we will not be coming back - specifically because of this ordinance. We typically bring 25-30 family members each year. I should figure out how much $$ we spend during our 2 week stay and total the amount - that is how much will be coming out of OIB and going into the Hilton Head economy instead. Poor Decision!! Reconsider before the sea turtles are your only visitors left!
Teresa Correll

Yadkinville, NC

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Jan 2, 2008
 
I'm preparing to reserve a home for the 2008 summer season and I'm surprised to learn that cabanas are forbidden. Will we have the option to rent from a local company (and they can remove them daily, etc. as you require)? Rental companies REALLY should inform the renters of this ordinance. What a bummer!
Donna Hard Vinton VA

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Jan 13, 2008
 
Sadly, we will also say goodbye to OIB after 2008. We are avid turtle watchers during our week of vacation and have learned enough to know that the cabanas are not interfering with the nesting areas in early August. Another beach will gladly take our money next year and we will be sorely missed. The rental agencies missed the ball on this one by not taking up for their seasonal clients.
connecticut

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Jun 18, 2008
 
I get it that people were leaving twisted battered tent wrecks... but what about those people who picked up after themselves? Why punish everyone? Were there any disagreements that were so serious to warrant such a response? What's next a ban on beach chairs because people leave broken beach chairs on the beach. A ban on beach blankets so people don't try and stake out a claim in the morning? All you have done is limit the amount of time people can spend on your beach. Once you do that, people will rethink their vacation plans. Don't tell me an umbrella is just as good in terms of sun protection. I'm surprised you haven't heard from organizations like the American Cancer Society. Why are prohibiting people from enjoying the beach safely?
Cary NC

Goldsboro, NC

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Jun 19, 2008
 
I am very disappointed with the ordinance banning canopies. In these hard economic times, I believe that OIB should really reconsider this ban. People are becoming more selective regarding vacations and you are certainly making their choice easier. I would think the businesses that get most of their bread and butter from tourism would petition the council to lift the ban during the summer months. I believe there are legal issues here. A beach umbrella cannot provide the amount of sun protection that a canopy can. Sunset beach has a far more reasonable ordinance that canopies are to be removed from the beach every evening. That seems like the rational solution. I find it very interesting that our rental agency did not provide any info about this ban. I am sure they know this will affect their business. Not a smart move by OIB....
Jen Chapman

Grand Rapids, MI

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Jun 24, 2008
 
Just got back from OIB few days ago. We were unaware of new rules. It sucked dragging a huge umbrella down to the beach every day. We have a baby who had to stay in every day...as one umbrella doesn't provide enough shade. We can't possibly take 5 umbrellas, along with coolers, chairs, towels, etc back and forth every time we go down to the beach. We've been vacationing at OIB since I was 12, I'm 28 now. I've grown up knowing OIB and watching it change but yet knowing my surroundings. Now, we will most likely vacation at a nearby beach with different laws. I have seen the crumbled up tents/shades after a night of storms. Not good, extra work for clean up crews. Taking them down at night is ok, not ideal but ok.
Shade Monger

Kingsport, TN

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Jun 25, 2008
 
My wife has had melanoma, and my mother a hip replacement, so crawling under an umbrella is not an option. I guess they are just banashed to the house all day. It's our last year at OIB also. Most of the locals don't rent their house out anyway, so why do they care. Taking them down at night would have been an acceptable compromise.
tim

Angier, NC

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Jun 28, 2008
 

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Mike Pokornie wrote:
After 15 years of wonderful memories at Ocean Isle Beach, I regret to say that we will not be coming back - specifically because of this ordinance. We typically bring 25-30 family members each year. I should figure out how much $$ we spend during our 2 week stay and total the amount - that is how much will be coming out of OIB and going into the Hilton Head economy instead. Poor Decision!! Reconsider before the sea turtles are your only visitors left!
Good,I get tired of all you inconsiderate drivers from Ohio down here anyway.We dont need your money here.
tim

Angier, NC

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We dont need anymore people from Ohio down here anyways. Stay in your own state.Not going to a beach because of inconsiderate reasons such as not taking canopies down at night is just childish. People with selfish attitudes like yours need to go somewhere else. Your not the only people at the beach.It is to be shared. walking on the beach at night and tripping on string holding canopies is very aggravating. Think of other people!!!!!!!!!!
Shade Monger

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Jun 28, 2008
 
tim wrote:
We dont need anymore people from Ohio down here anyways. Stay in your own state.Not going to a beach because of inconsiderate reasons such as not taking canopies down at night is just childish. People with selfish attitudes like yours need to go somewhere else. Your not the only people at the beach.It is to be shared. walking on the beach at night and tripping on string holding canopies is very aggravating. Think of other people!!!!!!!!!!
Great attitude Tim...I hope you loose your job and starve to death, but go ahead an enjoy the beach while you can. I used to care about the beach erosion issues, but now I hope mother nature washes OIB away, inch by inch.
Wondering

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Jun 29, 2008
 
We were just in Sunset Beach and saw canopies that were set up and taken down each night by a company named In The Shade. They told us that they used to be in Ocean Isle, N.C. but due to the ban on canopies have moved to Sunset Beach where their competition is Cabana Anna (which I have their information). I am unable to locate any information on In The Shade company on-line and don't have their phone number....thus...does anyone out there have any such information? Thanks
Erin

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Jul 2, 2008
 
I am not sure what people from Ohio have to do with the ban on canopies. I am from Ohio and my family has visitied numerous times. I think Tim is missing the biggest point here which is that most people would not mind (albeit inconvenient)taking down the canopies or canbanas every evening, but visitors were not even given that. They are just banned altogether period, can't use them. I won't say it will keep us from coming back BUT it is very inconvenient that we cannot use them at all. I have two small children and the canopy would cover them and the area that they would play in much better than an umbrella. Not to mention I can see them constantly tripping over the pole as they play in their area. I know, To bad, right Tim!
tim wrote:
We dont need anymore people from Ohio down here anyways. Stay in your own state.Not going to a beach because of inconsiderate reasons such as not taking canopies down at night is just childish. People with selfish attitudes like yours need to go somewhere else. Your not the only people at the beach.It is to be shared. walking on the beach at night and tripping on string holding canopies is very aggravating. Think of other people!!!!!!!!!!
Beach Comber

Kingsport, TN

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Jul 5, 2008
 
Why don't the go ahead an ban sand castle's too? One of the precious turtles might get confused. The locals have all cashed out for real estate development purposes anyway, and then look for state and federal baleouts for erosion protection, beach reclamation, and disaster assistance.
the birds

Wakefield, MA

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Jul 8, 2008
 
I think Ocean Isle should ban humans on the beach at all times. They are typically messy, noisy, and unsightly. They should stay in their houses, run the air conditioning full blast, and look out the window at the nice empty beach. This will be more fun for them anyway, because they will be able to watch TV and play video games all day. And no more sunburns or skin cancer!
the birds

Wakefield, MA

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Jul 8, 2008
 
By the way, we birds are not from Brookline, MA; apparently our ISP is. We are citizens of the air.

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