If you spend any time on beaches in the summer, you probably know Shibumi Shades. However, I didn’t know the Shibumi company was the creation of three UNC graduates. And, now the CEO of this North Carolina company hopes to get Horry County to allow them on Myrtle Beach. According to CBS 17, the only umbrellas currently allowed are circular and up to 7 and a half feet in diameter.
Although, some say those traditional umbrellas just aren’t enough. A bigger shaded area provides a more enjoyable experience for families, especially with children. But, officials argue devices like the Shibumi Shades cause difficulties for lifeguards protecting the area. And, they worry about potential for overcrowding with these larger tent-like shades.
The Shibumi Shades CEO attends council meetings to make a case and educate area leaders on advantages of the shades. And, I know from comments on a local Myrtle Beach Facebook page I’m on, the local beachgoers weigh in often on the situation. Many would love to see them allowed. However, others who have experience with them visiting other beaches, complain about the noise created from flapping in the wind.
Shibumi Shades website points out that because the canopy is without rigid structure, it doesn’t fly away with a strong wind gust. And, there’s no danger of tumbling down the beach. Plus, they indicate the shades are allowed at most beaches in the country with the exception of the Grand Strand and one in Delaware.
We took a trip to Kiawah last year, and we saw plenty of them. Of course, that beach is far less populated than Myrtle Beach. And, they made some noise. But, I see why people enjoy the shade they provide. So, I guess time will tell what becomes of the case to be made for Shibumi Shades on Myrtle Beach.