Beach Etiquette question that needs to be asked.
Social media posts, in recent days and weeks, have seen complaints about a beach etiquette question. Mainly, the use of large private canopies set up early on the beach and left unoccupied until much later in the day.
Is this an escalating trend? Is it a problem? If so, do we need a beach etiquette policy?
What follows is a blog post that resulted from an email I was sent by a Cape May visitor. It was also sent to the Star and Wave and to each member of city council. I won’t put the entire email in this blog, rather excerpts with links to the entire version if you wish to read it.
If you know me I am an advocate for all Cape May visitors (and locals). But, is there are beach etiquette question that needs to be asked?
“What I am referring to is the proliferation of tents and canopies. We have gotten used to the inconsiderate people who go to the beach at 7am and set up chairs on the high tide line and not appear until mid-day. That was bad enough but now these space pigs have set up the tents and or canopies at the same time,” writes the emailer.
“We have an extended family of approximately thirty members who have vacationed at the same time in Cape May every year since 1983,” He continued.
Large Tents and Canopies No Longer Welcome on Some Beaches
This is not a new problem. Articles dating back to 2013, start to look at the complaints.
I took a lot of heat as Chamber of Commerce president, when I opposed the all-out smoking ban on Cape May’s beaches in 2011. Thinking still, it could be partitioned off to the beach entrance areas.
If there is a trend in the proliferation of tents and canopies, towns should be monitoring and discussing the issue. Tommy and Patty’s email was sent to council (and me) last August. A new administration took over in January.
With little over a month to go till Memorial Day, the beach etiquette question needs to be asked. Is there a problem? What should be done about it? Your thoughts?