The war on cabanas is heating up with Australia's former deputy prime minister telling people to “get off the beach” rather than pop up a shade sail.
The Queensland product CoolCabanas has been a talking point all summer with the iconic blue and white design littering shorelines from the east to the west.
But while the tent-like structure offers UPF 50+ protection in a country with one of the highest rates of skin cancer in the world, not everyone is happy.
Amid claims that they give a false sense of sun safety, the biggest gripe people have is that they’re taking over prime real estate on the sand and blocking water views.
“They just become detritus all over the beach and it spoils it for other people,” Nationals MP Barnaby Joyce told Sunrise. “To be honest, just wear a shirt, wear a hat and once you’ve had enough get out of the sun completely [and] leave.”
Action to end ‘cabana invasion’
As the summer months swelter on, calls are growing for the cabanas to be banned on busy Aussie beaches.
“This ruins the scenery and beach vibes of the area,” one person wrote on TikTok. “You wouldn't even know what colour the sand is,” said another.
“There should be a certain distance from the beach where you can set one up,” added a third.
It’s a rule that is already in place in at least one part of the world. Since 2014, tents have been banned from Myrtle Beach in South Carolina because there were so many that they “blocked access and visibility to the water's edge,” which not only affected public safety but “everyone’s enjoyment” of the beach according to the City of Myrtle Beach.
While umbrellas are allowed they must be under 7.5ft in diameter and remain behind the established “umbrella line.”
However Waverley Council, which looks after Bondi Beach, told the Daily Mail restrictions on beach cabanas would not be imposed, but the council would continue to monitor safety and access to the water.
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