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Tents & Umbrellas

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OVERVIEW

Tents certainly are convenient, but they were so plentiful at peak times and locations that they blocked access and visibility to the water’s edge, affecting public safety and everyone’s enjoyment of our gorgeous beach.  The city’s umbrella policy first went into effect at the beginning of the summer 2014 season.  Beach regulations restrict the use of tents and other shading devices, excluding umbrellas and small toddler tents, from Memorial Day through Labor Day.  Tents and canopies are allowed after Labor Day and until Memorial Day.

Umbrellas up to seven-and-a-half feet in diameter are allowed in line with, or behind, the established umbrella line.  Again, no other shading devices are permitted during the summer months.  Tents up to 12-by-12 feet square and less than nine feet tall may be used from the day after Labor Day until Memorial Day, behind the umbrella line and 10 feet apart.  

Providing residents and visitors with a public beach access and a safe, lifeguard-monitored environment is our highest priority!

RELEVANT CITY CODE

Sec. 5-4.  Lifeguard stands' access, egress and line of sight protected.

a.   Through the use of “Beach Franchise Agreements,” the City has  established the time and placement of lifeguard stands to establish and preserve public safety.

b.   Lifeguard stands' access, egress and line of sight are to remain unobstructed. Any umbrellas, shading devices, or other obstructions shall not impede upon the franchise’s line of sight or access or egress for purposes of public safety. 

c.   Umbrellas and Shading Devices must be placed above the high-tide line.

d.   Established umbrella lines.  Any shading devices, or other obstructions that impeded upon the franchisee's established umbrella line may be moved landward of the established umbrella line.  Any umbrellas, shading devices, or other obstructions cannot obstruct the view of the lifeguard's area of responsibility and may be removed.  No shading devices or other obstructions may be placed within ten (10) feet of any established umbrella line.  Shading devices must be placed outside of the established umbrella line and shall remain in-line or landward of the established umbrella line. 

e.   Shading devices. Shading devices shall not exceed the maximum size of twelve (12) feet by twelve (12) feet or 144 square feet and the maximum height of any shading device shall not exceed nine (9) feet installed. Shading devices, other than circular umbrellas with a diameter of 7.5’ or less, shall not be placed within 10’ of any other shading device. All shading devices are prohibited from being tied, bound, joined, or connected in any manner. Excluding umbrellas, all shading devices shall be secured in such fashion to restrict uncontrolled movement of the device and secured with fasteners, stakes, weights, or the like that will not endanger beach patrons. Anchoring lines, tethers, or the like shall not extend beyond the perimeter of the shading device.  Shading devices, other than circular umbrellas with a diameter of seven and one-half feet or less, shall not be allowed on the beach between Memorial Day through Labor Day; provided, however, baby tents no larger than 36" high by 36" wide by 36" deep may be used year-round on the beach to shade infants and small children.

f.   It shall be unlawful for any person to place any shading device or umbrella so as to impede lifeguard line of sight, access or egress from the lifeguard stand.

(Ordinance 2012-35, June 12, 2012; Ordinance 2014-19, March 25, 2014; and Ordinance 2016-37, May 24, 2016)