Horry County votes to ban digging deep holes at the beach

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IMAGE DISTRIBUTED FOR VISIT MYRTLE BEACH – In this photo taken Thursday, July 30, 2020, socially distanced umbrellas offer shade across Myrtle Beach, S.C.’s, 60 miles of coastline, where daily COVID-19 cases in Horry County have continued to decrease since mask ordinances were implemented in early July. (Mic Smith/AP Images for Visit Myrtle Beach)

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (AP) — Horry County will likely become the latest government in South Carolina to ban digging deep holes in the sand at the beach.

County Council unanimously gave key approval earlier this month banning digging holes deeper than 2 feet deep at the beach.

It faces one final vote later this month. Supporters say deep holes are dangerous to people walking on the beach who may not see them and fall down and also are a hazard to sea turtles.

A number of other South Carolina beach governments have passed similar bans on digging holes including Myrtle Beach, Hilton Head Island Kiawah Island and Surfside Beach.

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