Bringing Pop Up Canopies to the Beach

One Suggestion for all pop-up tents is to bring them to the beach. These structures made from powder-coated steel and a polyester canopy can easily be taken apart or folded up, placed into the trunk of a car, and then set up at a beach in the sand. At the end of the day, the structure can be taken down and, again, put in the truck of a car. Many, in fact, bring such pop up canopies to the beach instead of an umbrella for this purpose, especially as the structure can stay up by itself longer. But, of course, the canopy needs to be taken down at the end of the day.

Sometimes, though, some bring these pop up canopies to the beach and forget or don’t take them down. In Panama City, Florida, near Walton County, the area is planning an ordinance against leaving canopies on the beach. Their ordinance would include removing all pieces beach equipment, ranging from chairs to canopy, to be taken out of the area one hour after sunset. Called the “Leave No Trace Ordinance,” according to the linked article above, the law was created for cleaning up the beaches, particularly after once instance of 700 canopies being left out on the sand.

Aside from the aesthetic aspect, there are safety and environmental aspects involved, too. In the many times a canopy is left on the beach, a tide draws the structure out to sea. Like the rest of litter, sea animals may try to consume parts of the structure – particularly the polyester material – or may become injured by the frame. To prevent littering and to protect wild life, particularly in areas close to the ocean, many other communities ban these structures from being left out at night solely for this purpose.