Reminder - Leave No Trace - Protect Our Beaches

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  1. Kurt Lischka

    Kurt Lischka Admin Staff Member

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    Beaches of South Walton TDC reminds Beach goers to


    “Leave No Trace” Over Memorial Day Weekend


    WALTON COUNTY, Fla.—(May 20, 2008)—Any personal items left on public beach walkovers and accesses overnight will be removed from the beach daily as part of the “Leave No Trace” campaign, an international program that guides outdoor enthusiasts in their decisions to reduce their impacts while enjoying recreational activities.

    “Leave No Trace” focuses on the concepts of beach maintenance and preservation. By ensuring that each person “leaves no trace” when enjoying the area’s beaches, waterways and natural lands, it helps protect and preserve this destination while ensuring everyone is afforded the same pristine experience. Therefore, personal items left on the beach from dusk until dawn will be discarded.

    “Everyone wins when the beach is maintained. Clean beaches benefit the environment and economy alike,” said Tracy Louthain, director of public relations and visitor services for Beaches of South Walton TDC. “Leaving items on the beach overnight has a number of harmful effects ranging from items being taken with the tide and becoming litter, to impacts on nesting sea turtles to spoiling the area’s scenic beauty for which we are known.”

    Obstructions on the beach in a nesting turtle's path are dangerous obstacles. She cannot maneuver very well on land and loses precious energy reserves needed for nesting. A turtle cannot backup. If blocked or trapped, she will need to be rescued. In addition to the environmental impacts, items left on the beach also block emergency and maintenance vehicles, which traverse the beach at night.

    Responsible practices not only make the area’s beaches more attractive but are a point of distinction and recognition. Blue Wave certification is issued by the Clean Beaches Council for responsible beach management practices, and Beaches of South Walton is the only destination in the nation to have all 26-miles of beaches Blue Wave certified. There are guiding principles that beach goers can adopt to ensure that they “Leave No Trace.” First, travel on durable surfaces. By staying on established trails and dune walkovers, damage to vegetation, and the erosion that occurs as a result, will be avoided. If you carry it in, carry it out. Trash, cigarette butts, waste and other items litter our natural areas. Also, remove beach chairs and umbrellas, as they create hazards when left out overnight. These items will be discarded if left on the beach overnight.

    For more information on the “Leave No Trace” program, please call Walton County Code Enforcement at 850-622-0000.

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    Edit - update 8/10/08

    Yesterday I received a letter from the county with this notice on one side - http://www.partners.beachesofsouthwalton.com/LeaveNoTrace.pdf and a letter from Kevin Hargett, code enforcement on the other side.

    The letter is addressed to "proprty owners in Walton County". The letter introduces the new amendment to the ordinance.

    All is now official and final.
    Do Not Leave Anything On The Beach.

    Leave No Trace...

    The scenic beauty of the area can only be maintained through a commitment by the residents and visitors. By being environmental stewards and ensuring that each of us "Leave No Trace" when enjoying recreational activities along the area’s beaches, waterways and natural lands, we help to protect and preserve this destination while ensuring everyone is afforded the same pristine experience.

    "Leave No Trace" is an international program that guides outdoor enthusiasts in their decisions to reduce their impacts while enjoying recreational activities. To follow are some of the guiding
    principles that can be adopted by residents and visitors to Beaches of South Walton:

    • Travel on Durable Surfaces – Stay on established trails and use dune walkovers to avoid
    damage to vegetation, which will lead to erosion.
    • Dispose of Trash Properly – If you carry it in, carry it out. Trash, cigarette butts, waste
    and other items litter our natural areas. Beach chairs and umbrellas create hazards
    when left on the beach overnight.
    • Respect Wildlife – Observe wildlife from a distance, especially nesting sea turtles.
    • Be Considerate of Other Visitors – Avoid loud music or noise—let nature’s sounds prevail; If you dig holes, be sure to fill them in so others do not get injured.

    We hope they you will join us in the "Leave No Trace" program and leave our natural lands as pristine as when you arrived.
    Walton County has begun enforcing Ordinance No. 2003-07G: It shall be unlawful for beach chairs, umbrellas, tents and other such personal articles to be on the beach in such a manner that they interfere with beach maintenance, nesting turtles or emergency vehicles.
    Personal items left unattended on the beach from dusk to dawn will be discarded.
    Regional public beach accesses and public boardwalks will be cleaned daily.
    Other sections of the beach will be cleaned on a rotating basis.
    Join us in protecting the beautiful Beaches of South Walton.
    For more information, call Code Enforcement (850) 622-0000. ​
     
  2. greenroomsurfer

    greenroomsurfer Beach Fanatic

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  3. ASH

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    I just wonder that all that stuff that gets picked up shouldn't go to a central location where people could pick through it and perhaps buy some of it. It would help to fund the efforts to keep the stuff off the beach. Some items have got to be worth selling.
     
  4. NotnKansas

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    discarded? Who can we talk to if we want the discarded beach toys? It's better to go to a local then in a trash dump right? :)
     
  5. ASH

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    Absoltively....Posilutely!
     
  6. NotnKansas

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    I could use a few new beach chairs!
     
  7. ASH

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    My wife and I have two dresser drawers full of pails, shovels, goggles, balls and lots of other things we come across when walking beaches. We're saving them up for visits from the grandbabies.
    We pick them up because we might be a mile from anyone heading West from Navarre and there is no way somebody plans to come back to pick them up.
    I hear people buying toys for the kids to play with when they get here and then they just leave everything either in the rental or right on the beach when they leave.
    Such a waste when there are lots of kids who would gladly play with these toys.
     
  8. Smiling JOe

    Smiling JOe SoWal Expert

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    Thanks for the reminder, Kurt, and thank you to everyone who does their share to help keep this place clean!
     
  9. Matt J

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    They should resell it to cover the costs of picking it up and in the process lower the amount of crap people buy each time they come down. If not that at least donate it to a charity that can resell it (Caring and Sharing come to mind).
     
  10. ameliaj

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    Good idea!! I think a "Beach Stuff" thrift store could make a big go of it. Tourists could buy stuff on the cheap and donate back what you don't need when you leave. Everybody wins and the beach stays clean. It would need to be conveniently located (how about next door to the Watercooler Publix?)
     
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    I've long thought that a "beach recycle" facility is a great idea. People could drop off their stuff, too, along with the stuff that TDC tags and removes.

    Put it at the welcome center, or a the old Seabar, or do several on 283, 395, etc. Don't hide it at the back of the county annex.Stick out a colorful sign. Make the smaller stuff "free for a donation". Make the bigger stuff 1/2 of Walmart prices, to make it attractive. Hand out simple, punchy info cards explaining the warning flags, dune lake care, sea turtles, and regulations about leaving stuff on the beach overnight.

    And while you're at it, leave a county recycle trailer at the same location.
     
  12. Kurt Lischka

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    I bet the county doesn't want to get in to the resale business but maybe they could contract it out or donate.
     
  13. Smiling JOe

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    Encouraging people to donate their cheap plastic beach crap by dropping it off at the Cheap Beach Crap Boxes when they are done using it for the week, would also be good.
     
  14. JOE who

    JOE who Beach Lover

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    at one time sowal... : ( i do miss it
    I wonder if "leave no trace" includes the NO TRESPASSING signs...? Just a thought...
     
  15. scooterbug44

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    It does in my world! :D

    And also includes cigarette butts! The world is NOT your ashtray! :angry:
     
  16. Matt J

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    Nope, it's an oyster. Whatever that means.
     
  17. TooFarTampa

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    Consider making this a sticky Kurt. :clap:
     
  18. NoHall

    NoHall hmmmm......can't remember

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    I will be left on the beach all weekend with my stack of books. Do your worst--collect me, recycle me, throw me in the landfill. I no longer care.
     
  19. jensieblue

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    cigarette butts, plastic bags...

    I hate the cigarette butts like acne on the beach and the plastic bags blowing over the sand. Every trip to the beach , since I'm unable to walk, I select a small patch of beach to clean of cigarette butts and pay my kids for all the plastic and other efluvia they collect. That way they have money for a snow cone after cleaning up our little part of the beach. I miss the old shoe cone vender in Grayton. Where is the closest snow cone now. My one year old likes to ride in my lap down the bike path on 30 A while older kids bike...Theey are learning a sense of obligation to the community...
     
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    I'm in my electric wheelchair while the child rides in my lap...Thought I should clarify....
     

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