The beach is fun all year round as a place to relax and people watch while enjoying your time in surf and sand. However, it’s important to remember we all must do our part in keeping the beaches clean and safe for everyone.
For Northwest Florida beaches, Visit South Walton has some beach safety guidelines to follow, both in the water and on the white sandy beaches.
General Beach Rules
Leave No Trace: all items left on the beach overnight will be discarded to help maintain our pristine beaches and provide a safe environment for our South Walton Sea Turtles.
Vehicles require a permit to drive onto the beach, and are only allowed to drive on the beach at Grayton Beach. Permits can be applied for through the Walton County Board of County Commissioners lottery system.
Dog Permits are required for dogs on the beach, and are only available to residents of Walton County and/or property owners in Walton County. Those permits can also be purchased through the BCC. Permits are issued year round and expire on August 1st of each year.
Glass containers are prohibited on the beach.
Stay off the dunes. The sand dunes and vegetation that grows among them act as natural protection against storms and storm surge. This is SUCH an important rule to follow.
Removal of sand, water and vegetation is strictly prohibited.
Two 15’ corridors are reserved for emergency vehicles; one extending 15’ from the dune toward the water, and the other extending 15’ from the water’s edge upland.
Amplified sound (audio device, speakers, radio, musical instrument, etc.) which can be heard by a person using normal hearing faculties at a distance of 100 feet from the source of the sound is not permitted.
New Ordinances for 2018:
Tents must be 10’ x 10’ or smaller and are to be set up only on the top 1/3 of the available beach space, still allowing for a 15’ distance from the dunes for emergency vehicles.
Charcoal grills are not allowed on the beach, all grilling must be done on Propane grills measuring at 225 square inches (approximately 12”x18” rectangular or 16” in diameter for circular grills) or smaller.
Bonfire permits can be applied for through the South Walton Fire District, Monday through Friday from 8 until 4. All bonfires must be put out and cleaned up by 1 AM and remnants must not be placed in the TDC trash containers. For in depth permit requirements visit South Walton Fire District’s website at www.swfd.com/beach-safety/ beach-bonfires.
Beach Flag Reminders:
Double Red Flag: Water Closed, all water activity is prohibited.
Red Flag: High Hazard, knee deep limitation
Yellow Flag: Moderate Surf/Currents
Green Flag: Calm Conditions
Purple Flag: Dangerous Marine Life
White/Blue Flag: Temporary Technical Issues- Text SAFETY to 31279 for updates when this occurs.
For current conditions and flag status text FLAG to 31279 any time.
Check out the Tourism Development Council or Visitor’s Bureau in your area for the most up to date beach safety rules on the beaches nearest you!