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Officials vote to ban tents, canopies from Rehoboth Beach

Associated Press
If you're heading to Rehoboth Beach this summer, leave your tents at home.

Visitors will soon no longer be allowed to bring tents and canopies to Rehoboth Beach.

The Rehoboth Beach Board of Commissioners passed an ordinance Friday banning those temporary structures from the beach, starting May 15. It also bans campfires and grills.

City officials say umbrellas no larger than 8 feet in diameter and no greater than 7-feet, 6-inches in height, are still allowed as well as baby tents designed to shade infants and small children.

The ordinance was brought to the table after beach lifeguards and first-responders had trouble navigating around the large canopies and getting to those in need.

Those who violate the ordinance could face a $25 fine.

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