As the summer season approaches, many students begin their summer vacation south bound to the beautiful Gulf Shores. However, before you plan your annual trips, there’s a few Do’s and Don’ts of the beaches that you need to know.
|Observe the Beach Warning Flag System. The Flags are imperative to ensuring the safety of all beach goers. For more information on the Beach Warning Flag System visit: https://www.gulfshoresal.gov/ |
For current weather updates.
|Leave any structures or equipment on the beaches. Any structures or equipment left after 8 p.m. will be removed and disposed of by beach patrol. Tents or shelters larger than 7 feet by 7 feet and taller than 4 feet are not allowed on public beaches, unless placed in designated areas.|
|Bring Reusable bottles, containers, and totes. Left over plastic or plastic foam can result in a fine anywhere from 100$ – 500$ and be extremely detrimental to the health of marine life if consumed.||Feed the birds, marine life, or any animals. Feeding wild animals may increase the spread of diseases among neighboring ecosystems and even humans.|
|Be respectful of enclosed sand dune areas and other private property. sand dunes are closed to preserve the dune system that are inhabited by sea turtles and shore birds’ nests. The dunes also protect the land from tropical storms and hurricanes.||Bring pets onto the sand beaches. Pets are only allowed on the boardwalk or Town Green. If you are looking for Dog friendly beaches check: |
– Dauphin Island Beach
– Fort Morgan Historic Bayside Beach
– River Sandbar Park
|Wear an ample amount of sunscreen and be sure to have fun. Just remember to leave only footprints.||Overnight park. Overnight parking is prohibited on city right-of-way or public property|
Regardless of this list, rules are always broken. Every year Alabama holds a coastal cleanup that recruits volunteers and ensures the beaches are kept clean. This year, the 34th annual Alabama Coastal Cleanup will be held September 18. If you would like to sign up or know anyone who may want to participate visit alabamacoastalcleanup.com.
For more information and rules on the gulf shore beaches visit https://www.gulfshoresal.gov/1138/Beach-Rules-Regulations.