Myrtle Beach bans horses from the beach year-round

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (AP) — Myrtle Beach officials have begun enforcing a city code that bans horse riding on the beach within the city limits throughout the year.

Myrtle Beach city spokesman Mark Kruea tells The Sun News (http://bit.ly/1R5j4ss ) that the city manager decided to begin enforcement as of Jan. 22 due to complaints about horse manure on the beach.

A city code updated in 2011 doesn’t allow the animals on the public beach without a special event permit. Prior to 2011, horseback riding had been allowed during the winter. Surfside Beach and Georgetown had already banned the activity, although it is still legal along Myrtle Beach State Park’s 3-mile stretch of beach.

Riding into the city limits is a misdemeanor, which carries a fine of up to $500 and 30 days in jail.

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Information from: The Sun News, http://www.thesunnews.com/

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