Leave It, Lose It: New Beach Ordinance
The coming of summer beckons all kinds of visitors to Amelia Island's beaches including nesting birds and sea turtles. This summer, a new ordinance is in place to help keep the beach clean, safe, and welcoming. Here's what you need to know.
Effective May 30th, any personal property left unattended after 8 p.m. on Amelia Island beaches will be removed and destroyed
under a new ordinance
. This includes tents, tent poles, cabanas, coolers, grills, beach chairs, kayaks, sailboards, and sand toys.
According to Amelia Island Sea Turtle Watch President Mary Duffy, items, especially beach furniutre, left on the beach overnight pose "obstacles for endangered sea turtles attempting to nest...endangered sea turtles can become entangled and forced to crawl around to find a place to lay their eggs or, worse yet, return to the sea without depositing their eggs, only to have to return to find another nesting site. None of this is easy for a 200-pound turtle." So far this year, Duffy reports, "there have been a record number of nests."
Those with documented disabilities can apply for a permit
to leave necessary items. Please note that completed applications must be submitted at least forty-eight (48) hours in advance to issuance of permit.
Find out more:
General Beach Safety and Regulations
Nassau County Ordinance 2016-06
Amelia Island Sea Turtle Watch
And...watch highlights from a nest excavation last year: