Do's and Don'ts for Spring Break 2019

Knowing the rules ahead of time makes for a safer Spring Break. With fewer arrests.

At least that's the hope of the Santa Rosa Island Authority and the reason for posting rules now, before the Spring Breakers arrive.

Of course, one of the big questions this year is will there be a big influx of Spring Breakers whose Panama City plans were ruined by Hurricane Michael .

KNOW THE RULES

Adult beverages are allowed on the beach. Glass containers, underage drinking and public drunkenness are not. Illegal drugs and driving under the influence will not be tolerated. Laws and ordinances will be strictly enforced, for everyone’s safety.

Wherever you’re staying, please be respectful of your neighbors and keep your noise level in check.

In addition, motorized vehicles, generators, grills, fires and any open flames are prohibited on the beach.

LEAVE ONLY YOUR FOOTPRINTS

Rule of thumb: If you brought it to the beach, carry it back with you. Tents, umbrellas, chairs and beach gear are not allowed to be left overnight on the beach. Trash cans are provided near all beach entrances, and you are asked to fill in any holes you may dig in the sand.

Dogs are welcome on the beach at two designated dog parks only. Rules of usage are posted on line and at the parks. As always, please be courteous and remove pet waste.

“Remember the motto, ‘Leave Only Your Footprints Behind,’” said Ghio. “If you follow that advice, it will help to preserve the natural beauty of our beaches and help ensure all visitors have an enjoyable experience.”

To ensure everyone enjoys the beach and stays safe, Escambia County Public Safety Chief Dave Greenwood would like to remind all beachgoers to follow these tips:

KNOW THE FLAG COLORS

Know how to swim if you are going into the Gulf, and always swim near a lifeguard. Lifeguards will be stationed on Pensacola Beach daily starting March 1 at Casino Beach, with patrols driving the island, as necessary. Lifeguard stations at Park East, Park West and Quietwater Beach will be manned depending on staffing availabilities. 

Colored flags fly at all lifeguard stations and other beach entrances. This warning system is designed to alert the public about surf conditions. Here is what the colors mean:

  • Green flag – Low hazard. Conditions are calm. Swim with usual caution.
  • Yellow flag – Medium hazard. Moderate surf and currents. Swim with extra caution.
  • Red flag – High hazard. High surf and dangerous currents. No swimming or wading is allowed in the Gulf of Mexico.
  • Double red flag – WATER IS CLOSED. This is used during hurricanes or natural disasters. No swimming, wading or surfing is allowed in the Gulf of Mexico.
  • Purple flag – Dangerous marine life is present. Exercise caution when in the water or on the shoreline.

Current flag colors and surf conditions are also accessible online at pensacolabeachlifeguards.com . In case of emergency, notify a lifeguard or call 911.

 
 

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