New beach plan will allow vendors, but dogs prohibited
By Dwayne Bremer
Jun 13, 2014, 20:11
The Hancock County Board of Supervisors has enacted a new Sand Beach ordinance which will take effect 30 days from today, officials said Friday.
The ordinance, which was unanimously approved on June 2, contains many new do's and don't for beach use.
The new ordinance closely resembles Harrison County's plan and officials said Friday they hope it will bring more people to the beaches of Hancock County.
"I think this will be a benefit for everyone," County Attorney Gary Yarborough said Friday. "If we can increase beach activity that means more people will be coming here and eating in our restaurants, going to our stores, and spending money here."
Topping the list of new things for the beach is the creation for beach rental areas and some commercial vendors.
Yarborough said supervisors will soon be taking bids for beach vendors.
"We have been working to coordinate everything with the secretary of state's office," Yarborough said. "Hopefully, everything will be in place within 30 days."
The new ordinance also clarifies some of the county's former beach rules and lists several items which now will be prohibited on the beach.
Prohibited items include, but are not limited to, glass containers; pottery; firearms; air guns; pallets and/or wood with nails; advertising signs; and fireworks.
Additionally, animals of all types, including dogs will be prohibited on the beach. The entire sand beach ordinance can be read on page B6 of today's Sea Coast Echo.