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Left-behind items at Nags Head beach cause safety concerns

Posted July 30, 2014
Updated July 31, 2014

— A day at the beach isn't complete without some chairs, umbrellas and sand toys, but some are leaving all that behind, and it's becoming a real problem on the sand after sundown.

The Dare County town of Nags Head is considering ways to prevent that.

Police Chief Kevin Brinkley says more items are being left behind and that, at night, it becomes a safety concern for both the public and police who might need to respond to emergencies.

"During the daytime, they are easily seen, but at night, in the darkness, it's a totally different environment," said Brinkley.

A beach survey found that more than 100 tent frames were left on the beach overnight. Tourists say the habit is also unfair.

"They're just reserving their spot, that's all that is," said Tom Harman, who was visiting from Virginia. "That's not fair."

Town officials plan to take up the issue next week. In nearby Kill Devil Hills, officials started tagging equipment left overnight with fliers asking people to pick up the items.

Kill Devil Hills also passed a town ordinance allowing lifeguards to move tents out of their line of sight.


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  • shawn36003 Jul 31, 2014

    Put a ban on that type of tent...people can use umbrellas and take them with them at the end of the day. Most beaches have that now.

  • iopsyc Jul 31, 2014

    Seems like an opportunity for a late-night entrepreneur to stock up on tent frames, buy some replacement tent tops, and re-sell them.

  • Larry Wiandt Jul 31, 2014
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    Umm the human race is part of nature, one of many species on the planet.

  • T-Man Jul 31, 2014

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    That sounds great, until we (taxpayers) have to pay people to remove the items left behind!

  • Forthe Newssite Jul 31, 2014
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    If the tent frames are left on the beach they should be considered abandoned and confiscated. Or taken down by others and put at the edge of the dunes or street.

  • fisherphil Jul 31, 2014

    they should ban people from these beaches, like they do on Hatteras island, the beaches should be left to nature

  • Trisha Davis Jul 31, 2014
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    Thanks to all the people who ruin it for others! Clean up your mess and take your belongings with you!

  • JAT Jul 31, 2014

    if it's left overnight, go get it and throw it away. once the beach is empty, it's abandoned and should be treated as such. Simple solution! It won't take long for people to learn.

  • luvstoQ Jul 31, 2014

    Our granddaughter is a lifeguard at Kill Devil Hills and people put up structures which hide their view of the water and swimmers - not good!! Now they're allowed to legally remove them.

    Happy for that, also not letting people 'reserve' their places overnight by leaving tents, umbrellas, etc.

  • John McCray Jul 31, 2014
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    Seems to me that if you just leave your stuff out, unattended for several hours in a public place, you are asking for it to be taken. Kinda like leaving a TV on the side of the road.