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.
Don’t let this recent action by the town of Ocean Isle Beach to put a halt on your summer vacation to the shores of Brunswick County. You can still enjoy the sea breeze from under a beach umbrella.