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No. 7 Most Read Story of 2021: Ocean Isle passes ordinance to legalize popular N.C. sunshade on beach

The Shibumi Shade is popular with beachgoers because of its free-flowing design. (Port City Daily/Johanna Still)

SOUTHEASTERN, N.C. — As part of our countdown to 2022, Port City Daily is revisiting its most read stories of the year.

Coming in seventh is coverage of one small beach town that had banned shade devices — cabanas, tents, canopies, and awnings — along its coastline for years. Only single-pole umbrellas were allowed.

Yet, visitors had begged for Shibumi to be the exception since the lightweight shades first hit the sand in 2016. 

In July, Ocean Isle changed its ordinance to allow “wind-powered beach shades” — language that came straight from Shibumi’s request to change the code.

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Shea Carver
Shea Carver
Shea Carver is the editor in chief at Port City Daily. A UNCW alumna, Shea worked in the print media business in Wilmington for 22 years before joining the PCD team in October 2020. She specializes in arts coverage — music, film, literature, theatre — the dining scene, and can often be tapped on where to go, what to do and who to see in Wilmington. When she isn’t hanging with her pup, Shadow Wolf, tending the garden or spinning vinyl, she’s attending concerts and live theater.

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