BELMAR — Another Jersey Shore town has banned large tents and canopies from its beaches.

The Borough Council in Belmar voted Tuesday 3-2 to prohibit tents that are more than 3 feet in height, width, and depth between Memorial Day and Labor Day weekends, starting with the 2018 season. Umbrellas would be allowed on the beach.

According to the Asbury Park Press, Mayor Matt Doherty and Councilmen Thomas Brennan and Mark Walsifer voted for the ordinance, while Jennifer Nicolay and Brian McGovern voted against it.

Doherty led the movement to pass the ordinance to limit what has become known as "beach spreading."

"These are tents you would typically see maybe in someone’s backyard or even tailgating at a place like MetLife Stadium. They really are not appropriate at the Jersey Shore," Belmar Mayor Matt Doherty told New Jersey 101.5 in August.

He said they block the view of both other people on the beach and lifeguards.

Seaside Heights, Avon, and Long Beach Island have similar restrictions in place.

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