Charleston City Council will take a final vote Tuesday on whether to ban hammocks and slacklines from being tied to trees in city parks.
Daniel Burbage, the city’s arborist, has said the hammocks are damaging the trees. When hammocks and the increasingly popular slacklines, which are similar to tightropes, repeatedly are tied to tree trunks, they weaken and wear away the bark, which renders the trees susceptible to insect infestation and disease, Burbage said. And when hammocks are tied to large tree limbs, such as the horizontal branches of live oaks, they can weaken and crack.
If the ban is approved, people who violate it will face a maximum fine of $1,092 in Livability Court.
City Council meets at 5 p.m. Tuesday in City Hall, 80 Broad St. The meeting includes a public comment session.
Reach Diane Knich at 843-937-5491 or on Twitter at @dianeknich.