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Baby Sea Turtles St. George Island FloridaFranklin County’s “Leave No Trace” Ordinance is in effect for Franklin County beaches. Personal items such as tents, chairs, toys, umbrellas and coolers must be removed from the public beaches between 9 p.m. and 7 a.m. All unattended items may be removed and destroyed. (Ordinance#14-01)

The beaches of Franklin County are important turtle nesting sites. Each summer, threatened marine turtles migrate to our beaches to nest. Holes dug on the beach, and furniture left overnight can disorient and trap turtle hatchings, and can hinder the females from coming ashore to lay their eggs. Please remove your belongings and fill in any holes prior to leaving the beach.

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If you own or are renting a beachfront accommodation between May 1 and October 31, please remember that nesting sea turtles need darkness for nesting and hatching. Outdoor Lighting should have amber or red LED bulbs in a shielded fixture and remain off when not in use. Indoor lighting must be off or blocked by light-blocking curtains or blinds or window tinting with an inside-to-outside light transmittance of 45% or less. (Ordinance #98-11)

If you see lighting issues that can be addressed to better protect turtles please call or send a note describing the need to the County’s UF/IFAS Extension specialist: 850-653-9337 / Email:

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