Bonfires on the beach

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  1. teach8

    teach8 Beach Crab

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    Would love to have a campfire on the beach when it stops raining. I noticed a sign on the beach at Watersound that you need a permit. How does one get that.
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  2. Sheila

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    Here is the ordinance pertaining to fires on the beach.

    Sec. 22-40. Regulation of use and conduct on the beach.
    (a) Possession of glass containers prohibited. It shall beunlawful for any person while on the beach or beach access areas to possess any glass bottle or container.
    (b) Fires.
    (1) It shall be unlawful for any person, firm, corporation or other legal entity to ignite or maintain, or participate in the maintenance of, a bonfire or campfire seaward of the vegetation line and the Gulf of Mexico in Walton County, Florida, without a permit as provided herein. No fires will be allowed within 200 feet of a marked turtle nest.
    (2) It shall also be unlawful and a violation of the ordinance for a person to fail to clean up as provided herein.
    (3) All open fires shall be limited in size to three feet by three feet by six inches, and only combustible material free of nails, glass, and other potentially dangerous items may be used in any fire.
    (4) All persons desiring to obtain a 24-hour permit for a fire on public or private land within the areas described herein above shall apply for a 24-hour permit from the South Walton Sheriff's Department Substation. All applications for permits shall set forth in detail the full name and address of the applicant, the date and time the fire is to be set, the kind or type of fire to be set, the materials to be burned, the specific location of the fire, the safeguards to be taken to protect the public and other property from injury and such other information as may be prescribed by the Walton County Sheriff's Department Substation, which shall prescribe the form of the application and furnish such application forms to applicants upon request.
    (5) The fee for the issuance of the daily permit shall be $50.00, with a refundable deposit of $25.00 for the cost of site clean-up. The deposit for a 24-hour permit shall be refundable by mail, upon the filing of a certification by the Walton County Sheriff's Department Substation that the site of the fire has been cleared of any nails, glass, metal, charcoal or any other materials, trash and debris.
    (6) Permits shall not be issued when the Walton County Sheriff's Department Substation has good reason to believe that the proposed fire will endanger the public health, safety, welfare or other people or property, or when the Division of Forestry issues a no burn order.
    (7) Issuance of a permit by the county shall not excuse or relieve the applicant from any liability or responsibility for damages which may result from carelessness or neglect in setting, starting, looking after or guarding a fire.

    Hope this is helpful.
     
  3. lenzoe

    lenzoe Beach Fanatic

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    Actually, the current version of the ordinance is
    Ord. No. 2004-32, enacted Oct. 26, 2004
    (Supplement No. 29, Update 1)

    Which is copied and pasted below (the one on the grayton beach web site is outdated by a couple of years, I believe):

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    Sec. 22-54. Regulation of use and conduct on the beach and water bodies.
    (a) Overnight camping. It shall be unlawful to camp overnight on the beach.
    (b) Fires.
    (1) It shall be unlawful for any person to ignite or maintain, or participate in the maintenance of, a bonfire or campfire on the beach of the Gulf of Mexico, without a permit as provided herein. No fires will be allowed within 100 feet of a marked turtle nest or within 50 feet of vegetation line or within 100 feet of any habitable structure.
    (2) It shall be unlawful and a violation of this article for a person to fail to clean up after the fire has been extinguished.
    (3) All fires must be in county issued containers and only combustible material free of nails, glass, and other potentially dangerous items may be used in any fire.
    (4) All persons desiring to obtain a 24-hour permit for a fire on public or private land within the area described herein above shall apply for a fire permit from the beach activity coordinator. All applications for fire permits shall set forth in detail the following:
    a. Full name and address of the applicant;
    b. The date and time the fire is to be set;
    c. The kind or type of fire to be set;
    d. The materials to be burned;
    e. The specific location of the fire;
    f. Written consent of private property owners;
    g. The safeguards to be taken to protect the public and other property from injury; and
    h. Such other information as may be prescribed by the beach activity coordinator.
    (5) The fee for the issuance of the fire permit shall be $50.00.
    (6) Permits shall not be issued when the beach activity coordinator has good reason to believe that the proposed fire will endanger the public health, safety, welfare, or other people or property, or when the division of forestry issues a No Burn Order.
    (7) Issuance of a permit by the county shall not excuse or relieve the applicant from any liability or responsibility for damages which may result from carelessness or neglect in setting, starting, looking after, or guarding a fire.
    (8) Owners of property adjacent to the Gulf of Mexico are exempt from the requirement to have all fires in a county issued container and from the fee. Property owners shall be provided a single permit and shall be required to notify the beach activity coordinator or his designee when a fire will be burned.
    (9) Fireworks shall be used in accordance with F.S. ch. 791.
     
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    lenzoe Beach Fanatic

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    A couple of major differences are:
    1) No open fires, you have to have a county-issued container or burn-barrel.
    2) No fires on private property without written consent.

    Don't know why they decreased the allowable distance to marked turtle nests. I'm surprised they even allow bonfires during turtle season.
     
  5. Kathryn

    Kathryn Beach Comber

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    Thank you for updating everyone on the current ordinance !


    If you want to get a fire permit from the Sheriff's Department, tell them where you wish to have your fire. They'll be able to let you know if it is allowed there or not and may save you some trouble. Many gulf front homeowner's will not permit fires anywhere on the beach in front of their home. Our home is made of old wood and it's just too dangerous to have a fire on our beach so we have notified the Sheriff's Department that fires are not allowed on our property. Probably safest to set up a fire on the beach in front of an empty gulf front lot or on a public beach area away from any homes.

    Only so much that old house can take. Wind, Fire....are frogs or locust next?
     
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  8. teach8

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    Thanks for the replies-maybe it is best to use the fireplace out by the pool.
     

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