Tents, Umbrellas Larger Than 8′ Banned From Rehoboth Beach

If you're planning a trip to Rehoboth Beach this summer, be sure to leave the tent at home -- they're no longer allowed by the water, according to an announcement by the city.

A new city ordinance bans "tarps, cabanas, pavilions, tents, sport-brellas or any material mounted on supports," with the exception of umbrellas and baby tents, the city's announcement said.

According to the new law, "acceptable" umbrellas may have a diameter no larger than 8 feet, and their poles may be no taller than 7 feet, 6 inches, the city said on its website.

Baby tents up to 36x36x36" will still be permitted to shade babies and small children, the city said.

The ordinance will go into effect May 15.

The Delaware city cites public safety concerns for the new law. A large number of tents on certain areas of the beach can make it difficult for emergency services to get through the beach and to the water in case of emergency, the city said.

Tents for large weddings or other events will still allowed with an event permit.

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