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Leave No Trace


In order to protect our shoreline, provide a healthy habitat for nesting sea turtles, reserve our pristine environment and assure all residents and visitors can enjoy our wonderful beaches, Gulf County has enacted a LEAVE NO TRACE ordinance that regulates the following:

  • All unattended personal items (chairs, tents, toys, kayaks, etc.) must be removed daily from the beach no later than 1 hour after published time of sunset and can be placed back on beach after sunrise the following day, ITEMS LEFT ON THE BEACH WILL BE CONSIDERED ABANDONED AND SUBJECT TO REMOVAL BY COUNTY STAFF. ONCE REMOVED FROM THE BEACH, ITEMS WILL NOT BE RETURNED.

  • All holes created must be filled in prior to leaving the beach each day.

  • Overnight camping must not be within 400 feet of any waterfront residence.

  • Glass bottles containers, etc. are prohibited on Gulf County beaches.

  • Bonfires are permissible, but must not be within 100 feet of any structure, and all remnants must be extinguished and removed from the beach that same day. All items other than natural wood are prohibited from burning (i.e. - pallets, wood with screws or nails, pressure-treated wood, etc.)

  • All trash must be removed from the beach.

  • Soliciting and canvassing on the beach is prohibited other than by County Administration and Law Enforcement officials.

  • It is unlawful to remove sand from Gulf County beaches.

  • Per Gulf County Ordinance 2008-20, pets must be on leashes at all times.

  • Beach driving is permitted with a valid Beach Driving Permit which can be obtained at the Gulf County Tax Collector's office. Mon - Fri, 9 - 5

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