July 2, 2012 at 12:29 PM ET
Could this be a new trend? Instead of just a casual beach umbrella arranged over a single beach towel, some beachgoers are taking their gear to a whole new level by hauling the family tent down to the sand. Not everyone is happy about it, as the large tents take up not only valuable beach real estate, but also block the view of the surf.
KLG mentioned that she heard that on a beach in North Carolina, people had their tents up, “but people had set them up in the back so they weren’t obstructing everybody’s view.”
Hoda said she doesn't like it when people claim more space than perhaps they're entitled to. “When people show up, they put two umbrellas and they stake out a huge swath of beach for themselves; have you noticed? They’ll put a shoe over here and a thing over there and soon that whole area is for them."
According to etiquette expert Peggy Post, there is such a thing as beach etiquette. The four rules are:
Looks like the tent conundrum could fall under rule #4.
TODAY.com contributor Jillian Eugenios will tolerate tents on the beach, but she puts her foot down at cookstoves and pink flamingo lawn furniture.
Unibrow: Will this be the new trend?