Not allowed: Myrtle Beach creates rules to limit how deep holes can be waterside

How do you keep a kid occupied during a day at the beach?

Normally you give them a shovel and tell them to start digging and to dig as deep as they can.

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But now there are legal limits at Myrtle Beach on how deep they are allowed to go.

The Myrtle Beach City Council has approved new rules that says “No hole or trench on the beach shall be deeper than two feet.”

Also, no metal shovels are allowed for “recreational digging on the beach.”

Finally, any hole or trench that’s been dug must be filled in before the digger leaves the beach.

The City Council said the measures were needed, “To help prevent personal injury and to allow public safety, emergency and beach cleaning vehicles to conduct necessary activities on the beach while minimizing the risk of damage to equipment.”

Finally, if you’re heading to Myrtle Beach for a summer getaway, there are new rules on how you can provide a shady spot for children.

A beach tent is allowed for infants and kids that can be no larger than 4 feet wide, 3 feet deep and 3 feet high., larger than what was previously permitted.

Keep in mind, if your trip is scheduled during Memorial Day through Labor Day, the beach operates under an “umbrella only” policy for the public beach, so no canopies or tents larger than the children’s shades are permitted.

For more on the new rules governing Myrtle Beach’s public beach, click here.