Redcar and Saltburn beach hut demand outstrips supply
Companies are being sought to ease what has been described as a considerable demand for beach huts on Teesside.
Redcar and Cleveland Council has begun a tendering process for operators to build and then lease out chalets.
Land is being offered at sites including the Esplanade in Redcar and Saltburn's Lower Promenade.
The council said with more than 200 people on the waiting list for the 20 annually-let chalets in Saltburn it should be easy to recoup investment.
The closing date for applications is 9 March.
Councillor Mary Lanigan, leader of the council, said: "Other seaside towns like Whitby and Filey have proved just how popular huts are for people like kayakers or surfers who enjoy coming down to the beaches regularly.
"I am sure a similar development in Redcar, and especially Saltburn, could prove equally as popular."