Brunswick County, N.C.: Ocean Isle ba...

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

There are 57 comments on the Myrtle Beach Online story from Sep 12, 2007, titled Brunswick County, N.C.: Ocean Isle bans cabanas on beach. In it, Myrtle Beach Online reports that:

“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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Ocean Isle Beach, NC

#41 Aug 9, 2008
Not every NC tarheel, shares Tims poor insults.

Columbus, OH

#42 Aug 11, 2008
well, just got back from a wonderful week at OIB... the beach was crowded.. all week.. everyone was happy sitting under their umbrella's. for our group of four we had two umbrellas. other larger family groups had 3 or more. so I guess some of us aren't really over concerned about canopies or cabanas.
Vol Fan


#43 Sep 6, 2008
Thank you Ocean Isle Beach! We have visited you at least two times per year for the past twenty-six years or so, and we are delighted with your decision. The canopies had gotten WAY out of hand!People did not take them down all week; stakes were left to trip beach walkers; plastic "ropes" were thrown carelessly in the ocean; some even walked off and left them standing when their vacations had ended. It will be nice to see the beach as it is! And for the person who says that he does not think that everyone should be regulated because of the careless actions of a few, let me say that I have never committed a murder...but I do think we should have laws against it! Do not worry, a place as beautiful as Ocean Isle will not see its tourist season affected by this! There are many others who will come...the sand does shift, you know!

Plymouth, MI

#44 Sep 6, 2008
After visiting OIB for several years now, I was pleasantly surprised by the new ordinance prohibiting the cabanas. Previously vacationers would put them up on Sunday and leave them up all week, whether they returned to the beach daily or not, so that spot was taken for the remainder of the week. This summer, each day gave beachgoers an open area. Walking on the beach at night was much more relaxing, too, because one did not have to watch for obstacles. I found the ordinance contributed to an even better vacation experience!!! Thank you OIB!:-)
News Flash

Clemson, SC

#45 Sep 8, 2008
oldtimer wrote:
They had 7 fatalities in a house fire probably caused by improperly discarded smoking materials. Why didn't they ban smoking in rental houses also?
I have been going to OIB since I was born(aka 21 years ago) to my grandparents house and this is the first fire that I am aware of. Also your comment has nothing to do with the tents on the beach
OIB property owner

Raleigh, NC

#46 Sep 9, 2008
As a property owner in OIB who spends the majority of the summer enjoying the beach, I too was a little upset by the ban on cabanas. But, after seeing the inconsiderate behavior of renters leaving their "falling down" cabana at the end of their week's vacation, I understand now why the ban had to be issued. Regardless of WHY the ban was passed, people fail to recognize the fact that A RULE IS A RULE. Learn to abide by it. It was voted on and passed, and no amount of complaining is going to change it. As for all the people who choose to stay away from OIB for next year's vacation........if you're in the group of inconsiderate tourists that have no respect for the beauty of the all means.......GO SOMEPLACE ELSE......OIB DOESN'T NEED OR WANT YOU THERE.
OIB regular - no more wrote:
My family and friends have been coming to OI for the same week for 15 years. This will be our last. The wide expanse of beach front that enabled us to utilize cabanas for sun protection, and not infringe upon others and their areas was of great benefit, as was the family friendly atmosphere.
Sadly neither of those applies anymore. I am afraid that a vocal minority of people have pressured for a legislative restriction to a non-existent problem. Surely cabanas do not present a problem to newly-hatched turtles, especially when most of them are now treated to "special delivery" via hand-carried coolers to the surf from their dune hatching areas. And this beach, far more than most, is plenty wide enough to allow for cabanas to be established without impact on others.
rise isaac

Dayton, OH

#47 Jan 12, 2009
all i want to do is get enough money to go to n carolina and visit my relatives i have not seen in 25 years im in ohio and now its winter 2 more inches of snow tom and i just want to see them before anything happens to anyone of us
Any change yet

Fremont, OH

#49 Mar 23, 2011
I found this post is there any change in cabanas yet. I went last year easy up tents they made people take down, someone had a small half tent like thing not sure what it is called they never said anything to them.

Lancaster, SC

#50 May 8, 2011
Well our family just finished inking a deal on a beachfront house for a week in July. Had we known that easy-ups weren't allowed, we'd have taken our party of 15 to another beach. Partially because "our party" consists of a 5 month old, a 1 year old, 2, 4, 6 & 7 year olds. This will probably be our first and LAST trip to OIB simply because of this ridiculous ban on easy-ups. That's OK. It's clear what's going on here. It's not about turtles, and it's clearly not about emergency response safety (but that's an amusing response!). I fully intend to construct my own version of a Guantanamo Bay umbrella camp with at least a dozen cheesy, "made in China", Walmart supplied umbrellas, tied, bungeed, and duct taped together daily. Considering my service in the US Coast Guard and having been to Guantanamo Bay Cuba more times than you can count, trust me, I'm well qualified, LOL! Talk about an eyesore... this is going to be funny!
Unknown NC

Durham, NC

#51 Jul 28, 2011
Go to sunset beach, much better spot.
Keely Thomas-Moore

Walla Walla, WA

#52 May 30, 2012
Why do the residents have such a problem with cabanas on the beach? I am wondering if they really have to be full out banned? Maybe the restriction could apply to distances, like they can't be too close to the water. Or they should just make the ordinance that they have to be taken down at night or will be confiscated. But I really think that during the heat of the day they should be allowed up to provide shade from the sun.( )
oh no

Marion, NC

#54 Jun 14, 2012
My family and i went to Sunset beach last year 2011 and loved it!! BUT i found a place in ocean Isle a bit cheaper this year and i did visit the beach at Ocean Isle 2011 which is beautiful but No CABANA'S? Well i guess we will stay in Ocean Isle but go to Sunset Beach where we CAN put up a cabana for my mom who is 72 years old and can't take the sun like us younger people in the group. Sunset is an awesome beach and just as family oriented as Ocean Isle. I think OIB has made a terrible choice by banning the cabana's and will in the long run come to regret doing it! So Sunset Beach here we come!!!! Can't wait to get there!!!!
Skyler - Ontario Canada

Shallotte, NC

#55 Aug 18, 2013
Well... what a disappointment OIB is this time around. No Canopies?? Seriously? When did your local government decide that they no longer wanted to be a tourist attraction? Last time we were here (2006) we had a canopy and were quite happy to take it down everyday. This new law is lame and arbitrary...
We won't be back.
I hear that Sunset beach is just as happy to take our money....
Oh... and nice job saving the houses at the end of the spit too.....

Raleigh, NC

#56 Jun 17, 2014
Wow. We are vacationing in OIB for the first time this year. We've been to Holden a number of years, and Wrightsville before that. No tents? Really? That's ridiculous. We've bought several beach umbrellas over the years, and they just don't provide sufficient shade, or hold up well. This will be our first, and probably our last stay at OIB.....but I assume from this action that that's exactly what the people from OIB want.

Woodbury, NJ

#57 Jul 27, 2014
With out tourism you have nothing n OIB?? I travel to Sunset Beache for the past 25years with 15-20 family members every year and enjoy the shade of the canopy. We take it down when we leave as should everyone else. This ordinance is stupid.... they should enforce the ordinance of removing the tent/canopy from the beach at a certain time instead of punishing everyone else by not allowing them at all...I am considering a new place to vacation..

Dave in South Jersey

Strawberry Plains, TN

#58 Sep 23, 2014
Ocean isle is beautiful and I will continue to vacation there even if I do have to bake in the sun.
chris r

Bel Air, MD

#59 May 25, 2015
Chief 2 Beers wrote:
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!".
The problem is the Turtles. I am not being sarcastic, but the 1000 pound gorilla in the room is the turtles. On the beaches in northern states that don't have sea turtles, all possessions and people are removed by the town because they roto-till the entire beach and remove all trash by tractor. Everyone knows its dangerous to stay or sleep on the beach and your possessions will be trashed by hughe earthmoving type equipment.. But OIB cant do that so they can protect the turtles. They probably would need a large crew to remove trash and property from the beach every night BY HAND on a seven mile strand. Tractors would be the only expeditious way, which can't be done. But people being self centred and not respecting other people led to this, complete ban. A little common sense and respect for the town before this happened would have stopped the ban.

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