By Coastal Breeze News Staff
The City of Marco Island’s Beach Advisory Committee sponsored two beach clean ups this August: Sunday, August 11th and Sunday, August 18th.
Thanks to the support of Marco Island’s Publix, the Marco Island Civic Association, the City of Marco Island, the Beach Advisory Committee, CJ’s on the Bay and Rick’s Island Salon, along with various citizen volunteers, the beach has been looking pristine in the midst of sea turtle and shorebird nesting season.
Those working hard to keep our beaches clean would like to pass on some words of wisdom to beach goers. After all, no one likes a filthy beach. These tips will help ensure Marco’s sandy white beaches stay just that.
Please remember the following beach rules:
Leave Only Your Footprints: All trash, including cigarettes and fishing line should be disposed of properly in containers. Glass containers or bottles are prohibited on the beach.
No Live Shelling: Only shells that do not contain a live organism may be taken from the beach; if unsure, leave the shell.
Share the Beach with Our Wildlife: Do not feed or disturb wildlife; avoid nesting and resting birds and sea turtles. Watch and enjoy from a respectful distance.
No Dogs or Pets Allowed on the Beach: Only guide dogs are permissible on the Marco Island beach.
All Wheeled Vehicles Prohibited: This includes bicycles, strollers and wheelchairs. Only licensed Beach Vendor vehicles are permissible.
Fill in Holes when You Leave the Beach – After digging holes and building sand castles in the sand, please take a photo of the happy memory then fill in holes and flatten sand castles; both are hazards to wildlife and public safety.
Lights Out for Sea Turtle Season: It is nesting and hatching season on the beach. All lights that shine on the beach should be shaded or be out by 9 PM each night through October 31. This includes the use of flashlights, lanterns, flash photography and other electronic lights. Do your part and keep our beach dark!
To report wildlife issues or concerns, such as harassment, dead or disorientated marine sea turtles or mammals, please call 1(888)404-FWCC (3922).
The Beach Advisory Committee hopes to see you out there for one of both of these beach clean-ups events! It’s fun in the sun and keeps our beach beautiful! If you, your group or business are interested in sponsoring a beach clean up or for more information, please contact Nancy Richie, Environmental Specialist, City of Marco Island at 239-389-5003 or firstname.lastname@example.org